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Moldy & Wet Crawlspace Gets Complete Makeover in Toms River, NJ

Moldy & Wet Crawlspace Gets Complete Makeover in Toms River, NJ

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Moldy & Wet Crawlspace Gets Complete Makeover in Toms River, NJ Moldy & Wet Crawlspace Gets Complete Makeover in Toms River, NJ

A three-man crew from the Cowleys Home Improvement team was sent to a home in Toms River, NJ. As often happens in homes situated in areas with high water tables, especially after periods of heavy rain or snowmelt, this home had a significant problem with groundwater seepage.

As this homeowner found out, an unfortunate byproduct of groundwater entering a crawl space is mold growth. The homeowner realized there was a mold problem down below because that tell-tale earthy, musty smell of mold had permeated the home’s living space. To resolve this problem, we removed the existing fiberglass insulation. This type of insulation in the crawl space absorbs water and is a source for mold growth. Over time, fiberglass insulation in crawl spaces tends to fall as it becomes weighted down and mice just love this material for nesting. These types of insulation are are not specifically designed for the moisture and humidity found in crawl spaces and often wind up causing problems. 

To treat the mold, we applied an antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that not only kills the existing mold, but also has moisture-sensitivity. This sealant has the ability to reactivate and kill future mold growth in the treated areas. To effectively deal with future groundwater intrusions we installed two workhorse “smart pumps” that tie into a discharge line.

Full crawl space restoration in Mantoloking, NJ

Full crawl space restoration in Mantoloking, NJ

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Full crawl space restoration in Mantoloking, NJ Full crawl space restoration in Mantoloking, NJ

Here in New Jersey, homes are often built with crawl space foundations rather than full basements. They are called crawl spaces for good reasons. Many have heights of three feet or less, so you can only get around hunched over or crawling on your hands and knees. They aren’t built with comfort in mind! The two main reasons for builders choosing crawl spaces are cost and accessibility. Crawl spaces are less costly to build than full basements. First, there is less excavation work. Second, many Jersey Shore areas have a high water table, and dry basements built below the water table have added costs. You must have a properly installed exterior water management system for groundwater control or basement flooding will be a constant headache. Sometimes, crawl spaces can be less expensive than building a concrete slab. For example, moving dirt to level a sloping lot can get expensive. As far as accessibility, crawl spaces provide access for electrical, plumbing, and ducts work for HVAC systems. With crawl spaces, these systems are easy to service for future maintenance and repairs. 

However, everything is not rainbows and butterflies when it comes to crawl spaces. First, they are rarely visited by homeowners and when problems underneath develop, they often go unnoticed for quite awhile. Contrary to what building scientists know today, most crawl spaces are vented, supposedly to get the moisture out. In fact, the opposite happens!  Moist, humid air, especially during our notoriously humid Jersey Shore summers, are sucked into the crawl space. Chronically high humidity and moisture in the crawl space leads to all sorts of problems. In this “tropical” environment, insect populations thrive and mold will start to grow. Often, homeowners don’t realize there is mold in their crawl space until the earthy, musty mold smells start wafting into the living areas of the home. When mold starts growing in the basement, the mold spores are carried everywhere on air currents. Mold can start growing elsewhere in the home and the home’s occupants can start developing mold-related respiratory problems. 

This home in Mantoloking, NJ, was experiencing high relative indoor humidity levels in the crawl space and the homeowner was concerned about the potential for mold growth and other moisture-related issues. He decided to deal with the issue rather than wait for problems to develop and contacted Cowleys to have his crawl space encapsulated. Cowleys has a dedicated team of technicians that convert damp crawl spaces into clean, dry areas where mold can’t grow.

With this home, we conducted a careful inspection to determine the problem areas and develop a treatment strategy. First, we had to remove all of the water-damaged insulation that was not salvageable. We then treated the crawl space for possible mold given the high moisture conditions. We treat indoor mold growth with two different applications, an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS2) that both kills mold on contact and reactivates to kill future mold growth. We then sealed all of the vents and encapsulated the entire crawl space with a thick vapor barrier. Finally, we installed a commercial-grade dehumidifier that will keep down humidity levels. Mold will only grow if there is sufficient moisture content in the air. With proper dehumidification, the mold is stopped in its tracks.

The homeowner was quite pleased with the end result and was relieved that he no longer had to worry about his problem crawl space. His only regret was not doing this work sooner!


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Mold Solutions by Cowleys is your local, trusted source for high quality mold removal services! Our innovative products and procedures are miles ahead of the rest- we can often times treat a home in one day, and our unique process eliminates the need for the invasive tear-out that traditional mold remediators will use. We guarantee that areas we treat for mold remain mold free for one year, renewable for up to five years with a dehumidifer and service contract!

We pride ourselves on top-notch customer service in every interaction, from the inital call to our production crew's cleanup. We work our hardest to exceed our customers' expectations and ensure that the job is done right; the first time. If you're in need of unparalleled mold removal and control, count on us!

Services we offer in Ocean County:

  • Home mold removal
  • Mildew removal
  • Black mold remediation
  • Mold testing & sampling
  • Mold cleaning
  • Air duct cleaning
  • Dust mite control
  • Commercial mold removal
  • Mold remediation for athletic facilities
  • Mold remediation for schools
  • Mold inspection
  • Mildew cleanup & removal
  • Dehumidification system installation for mold control
  • FREE written estimates and inspections, and fast installation
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The Crawl Space Solutions by Cowleys installation team was dispatched to a home in Point Pleasant to make improvements to a crawl space with chronic...
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Humidity controlled with new dehumidifier in Point Pleasant, NJ

The owners of this commercial building in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ were having trouble controlling the moisture and humidity in the basement. Chronic moisture and humidity problems can trigger dangerous mold growth and attract insects and other pests that thrive in damp, dark conditions. 

The owners knew they had potential problems on their hands if this situation was not resolved, and contacted Cowleys for help. The single best long-term solution to prevent high humidity and moisture conditions in basements and crawl spaces is by installing a commercial-grade dehumidifier. As long as humidity levels are kept low (below 55% relative humidity),  mold can’t take hold. Also, the occupants of a home or commercial structure benefit as well. Air currents circulate basement or crawl space air throughout the entire structure, and dehumidifying these non-living spaces improves the indoor air quality throughout the entire structure and gets rid of those stinky musty smells that carry upward from those damp moist areas. 

At Mold Solutions by Cowleys, we install SaniDry dehumidifiers. These fully automatic workhorses are specially designed to work in crawl spaces and basements. They are daily maintenance-free with no water pan to empty or worry about overflowing. With this particular installation, we installed the dehumidifier with a  condensate pump that drains directly into the main sewer line. Often, we are able to have the dehumidifier to drain the water extracted out of the air directly into the sump pump. 

Humidity controlled with new dehumidifier in Point Pleasant, NJ - Photo 1
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