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Mold Treatments in Toms River & Other Jersey Shore Towns

There are thousands of species of mold and different mold species are adapted to different moisture conditions ranging from very wet to just damp. Very often, mold can be detected by a musty odor. Live mold spores act like seeds, forming new mold growths (colonies) under the right conditions. We are all exposed to a variety of fungal spores daily in the air we breathe, both outdoors and indoors.

You are probably familar with the terms "black mold" or "toxic black mold". These are usually associated with Stachybotrys chartarum, a type of greenish-black mold commonly associated with heavy water damage. However, not all molds that appear to be black are Stachybotrys. We do know, however, from scientific studies, that the health effects from exposure to Stachybotrys are similar to those caused by other common molds and are known to be associated with severe health effects in some people.

Symptoms of Mold Exposure

The symptoms of exposure to mold or air borne mold spores can be:

  • Nasal & sinus congestion;
  • Itchy, red & watery eyes;
  • Respiratory problems, such as wheezing & difficulty breathing;
  • Cough;
  • Throat irritation;
  • Headaches; and
  • Sneezing

Goal of a Mold Treatment

The goal of a mold treatment is to kill the mold, and prevent future mold growth on contaminated materials, such as the wood in your crawlspace, and clean and sanitize the wood in a way that prevents the emission of fungi and dust contaminated with fungi from leaving the work area and entering an occupied area of the home, while also protecting the health of the workers performing the treatment.  

During all mold treatments, Jersey Shore Crawlspace Enhancement's trained technicians follow proper personal protection, clean-up and potential hazard identification methods as are generally necessary to comply with the requirements of OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200). Appropriate respiratory protection is utilized by workers in accordance with the OSHA respiratory protection standard ( 29 CFR 1910.134)

If necessary, building materials or other items contaminated with mold, which need to be discarded, are placed in impervious bags or closed containers, while in the work area, and later legally discarded as construction waste.

Is Air Sampling Necessary?

You might have seen news reports or heard stories about mold remediation projects costing homeowners or school districts $25,000.00 to $100,000.00 to identify a particular type of mold problem and remedy it. These stories are usually accompanied by pictures of workers in space suit type clothing with helmets, taking air samples and capturing mold samples for laboratory study. While these reports have been accurate (such as during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina) they are not typical of the kind of environmental mold treatments we perform, to leave the wood in your crawlspace sealed, sanitized and mold free.

Jersey  Shore Crawlspace Enhancement does not perform expensive air sample tests or extract mold samples for laboratory study. We simply utilize the leading industry measures and techniques available today to kill any mold found in your crawlspace, sanitize & disinfect the area and leave you with each treatment's residual barrier of protection against future mold growth, termites or other wood destroying insects. A JSHMMM mold treatment, when combined with effective moisture control measures, gives you a clean, mold-free, sanitized crawlspace that will remain protected for years to come.

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) notes that expensive "air, surface or bulk sampling may not be necessary depending on the goal of the particular investigation or evaluation". "If visible mold is present, then it should be remediated, regardless of what species are present or whether or not samples have been collected."

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as part of the U.S. Department of Labor, has designated four levels of mold contamination with each level having specific requirements for companies to follow regarding worker safety. The levels are:

                                   Level I -  Small Isolated Areas  (10 sq. ft. or less)
                                   Level II -  Mid-sized Isolated Areas  (11 sq. ft. to 30 sq. ft.)
                                   Level III - Large Isolated Areas  (31 sq. ft. to 100 sq. ft.)
                                   Level IV -Extensive Contamination (Anything greater than 100 contiguous sq. ft. in an area)

In general, and in the majority of situations where mold-like substances are discovered, our crawlspace evaluations involve Level II and Level III contamination issues.

Tools Utilized During Your Crawlspace Evaluation  

Moisture Meter  -  This  piece of equipment measures the moisture level in all building materials, such as on wood,
                                  wallboard, brick and masonary.
Humidity Guage -  Measures the amount of humidity in a given indoor environment.
Borescope -           A hand-held tool that allows technicians to see potential mold problems inside walls, ceilings or
                                  crawlspaces.
Digital Camera -    Used to document findings during evaluation for later review with the homeowner.
Thermographic -   An Infrared thermal imaging camera which is effective in double checking moisture readings and
 Camera                  for mainly identifying auxilary points of moisture intrusion.

The Jersey Shore Mold Treatment Application

As part of our mold treatment process, we utilize a specially formulated, high pressurized spray-on application that is highly regarded as the industry's best weapon against mold. This is an EPA registered product that is also manufactured to meet "green industry" standards. The products used during treatments are water soluble yet specifically formulated with penetrants to provide the greatest absorption and diffusion into treated materials as well as the broadest control of pests.

Once professionally applied, our treatment kills existing mold, prevents future mold growth and stops wood decay in its tracks. It also acts as a surface protectant, killing all forms of fungi (including mold) while sanitizing and disinfecting the treated area. In addition, since our application includes the industry's leading borate-based wood preservative, the treatment leaves the treated wood, in your crawlspace, impervious to termites and other wood destroying insects.

The application actually penetrates into the wood and delivers years of residual protection.

You are left with a highly effective, residual solution to mold, termites and other insects.

All of the above can be accomplished, in most cases, in one day with little or no disruption of your regular household routine.

PARTIALLY TREATING YOUR MOLD PROBLEM

Q. Can I save money by “spot treating” or partially treating only the areas on the wood in my crawlspace where we see the mold?   

A. Some crawlspace contractors might recommend and try and sell you limited “spot” mold treatments as a way for you to save a little money initially. However, experience and the environmental science at work in your crawlspace supports the proposition that such advise will actually cost you more money in the long run and leave alive (though dormant) a hazardous and unhealthy mold condition that will need to be treated again and again requiring repeat service calls and more cost. It’s like placing a bandage on a cut that actually requires stiches. You are not really fixing the problem or making it better.

The reason for the above answer is simple. If you discover mold in your crawlspace anywhere, it means that water vapor has been absorbed into your structural wood and the relative humidity in your crawlspace rose significantly enough for the mold spores to grow outwardly and become visible in a given spot. Now Remember! Mold’s only function is to eat organic material (the wood in your crawlspace) and mold spores are spread by the air.

Thus, once present, mold spores will not leave on their own, moisture in the wood will not completely dissipate and crawlspace environments will produce more water vapor daily. Given the right increase in relative humidity, the unseen mold spores will rise again, not to attack and destroy the partially treated area but, to feed on the never treated areas in the crawlspace requiring a new service call and new treatment. This scenario will continue until the entire crawlspace has been effectively treated.

The most cost effective solution is to have the crawlspace treated thoroughly at one time while incorporating proper moisture control measures to reduce the risk of a high relative humidity environment developing again in your crawlspace.  
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What can you do if you know or suspect you have mold in your crawlspace?   

Well, the first thing you can do is find out exactly what environmental conditions are present in your home. You should have your crawlspace professionally evaluated by the experienced professionals at Jersey Shore Crawlspace Enhancement, with moisture readings documented, and have us digitally film your crawlspace so that you can see the conditions for yourself. If mold-like substances are discovered, you will be informed of the extent of the problem and how it should be treated.

Jersey Shore Crawlspace Enhancement offers a comprehensive, environmentally safe, mold treatment that kills mold fungi and decreases the likelihood of its return. We will treat all of your exposed wood surfaces, sills, joists and girders. We use only EPA registered “green building” products that afford you the best on-the market direct mold treatment applications today. Our technicians are well trained in the identification of and treatment of mold conditions in you home.