Meet the Team

Antonio Martinez

Cowleys Pest Services

Title: Crawl Space/Attic Systems Specialist

Hometown: Freehold

Antonio Martinez from Cowleys Pest Services

Antonio, a Freehold resident, is part of our construction/home improvement crew, which includes crawl space encapsulation, attic insulation, mold removal, wildlife clean-up and repair, and variety of other home improvement services. Although Antonio joined us full-time in 2019, he is a “known quantity” at Cowleys. He’s been working with us seasonally in our Christmas Décor division over the past three years, and has proven himself to be a reliable and conscientious team player. 

We’re so pleased that Antonio is joining us year-round (although it did take us giving him quite a few not-so-subtle hints!). You could not ask for a harder worker. He is always ready to get “down and dirty” to make sure the job is done right. Antonio stays in great shape, has no fear of heights, and is also comfortable working in tight challenging areas like dark, damp, spider-infested crawl spaces. To him, anything new is another challenge to conquer. 

Antonio loves working outdoors, no matter whether it’s freezing cold, wickedly hot, or raining, snowing, or sleeting. During the rest of the year, Antonio had worked at a local golf course as a jack-of-all-trades. He’s an experienced handyman having installed and removed insulation, and has done sheetrock and roofing work. All of these skills will necessary when dealing with the aftermath of wildlife infestations. Antonio is looking forward to working with Cowleys year-round and acquiring new skills. As a fast learner with a strong mechanical aptitude, along with an amazing can-do attitude, Antonio is a welcomed addition to the Cowleys team.

In his spare time, Antonio enjoys spending time with his family, especially taking his son to a nearby park playground. If anyone needs an expert playground swing pusher, Antonio is the one to call! For his own quiet time and to “decompress” at the end of the day, he enjoys listening to music, which he describes as his passion.

Testimonials
from customers I've helped!
  • "We had work done in our attic, primarily sealing air leaks into the interior of the house. From the end of..." Read Full Testimonial

    JackD of Manchester, NJ

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              Did an excellent job and sold us a solution that was perfect for our home. Pricing was very reasonable too. The installers, Brian, Nelson, and Antonio provided professional service, were prompt, and experts in their field. They were very nice to have around. We also found the office staff very friendly and helpful. There is no doubt in my mind that we will use their services in the future.
    JackD
    Manchester, NJ
  • "Paul and his crew (Steve and Antonio)..." Read Full Testimonial

    Suzanne & Bob D. of Millstone Township, NJ

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              were very professional, courteous and neat in their work. We live in an old house (c. 1890) so we expect 'discovery' whenever we have any work done. This visit was no exception however, Paul clearly explained our options to help us make an informed decision as to how to proceed. The work was done on time. We are extremely satisfied with every aspect of this job - from the initial visit/quote to the completion of the job. We highly recommend Cowley's!!
    Suzanne & Bob D.
    Millstone Township, NJ
  • "The company was professional and thorough...." Read Full Testimonial

    Richard T. of Lanoka Harbor, NJ

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              Brian was neat and clean. They also installed an attic barrier for the pulldown stairs. This was an unexpected surprise which prevents any debris, dust, etc from falling into the living space when the stairs are pulled down. I would highly recommend Cowleys!
    Richard T.
    Lanoka Harbor, NJ
  • "Steve and his team..." Read Full Testimonial

    Jane M. of Toms River, NJ

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              Are Great People to deal with!!!
    Jane M.
    Toms River, NJ
  • "I feel comfortable working with Rhett and his crew..." Read Full Testimonial

    Chris P. of Toms River, NJ

    Customer Testimonial

              Cowley's is a great pick for crawl space modifications. They know their products well and charge an affordable price for their service. Their crew is friendly and showed up promptly at 8 am to start working!
    Chris P.
    Toms River, NJ
  • "Everyone was pleasant and professional. Overall an excellent job! Thanks." Read Full Testimonial

    David C. of Toms River, NJ

    Customer Testimonial

              Everyone was pleasant and professional. Overall an excellent job! Thanks.
    David C.
    Toms River, NJ
  • "Alfonso and Kevin were so professional..." Read Full Testimonial

    AnnMarie S. of Manalapan, NJ

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              Courteous and helpful. Alfonso made me laugh and they both went above and beyond!
    AnnMarie S.
    Manalapan, NJ
  • "Coincidentally, we also had RainDrop gutter guards installed on the same day as our pest service. All workers..." Read Full Testimonial

    Jil O. of Freehold, NJ

    Customer Testimonial

              Coincidentally, we also had RainDrop gutter guards installed on the same day as our pest service. All workers were (as usual) very professional, described the widening of the downspouts + explained everything in layman"s terms. Afterwards, they showed me pictures of the gutter results from up above and cleaned up all the remnants of their work. We"ve had Cowley"s pest control plan for decades and are very pleased with it. Every worker has always been professional, courteous + sweet. I love this company and recommend them HIGHLY to all my friends.
    Jil O.
    Freehold, NJ

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  • Messy & Unorganized Crawl Space Gets Encapsulated in Princeton Junction, NJ
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    Messy & Unorganized Crawl Space Gets Encapsulated in Princeton Junction, NJ
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    Messy & Unorganized Crawl Space Gets Encapsulated in Princeton Junction, NJ

    This homeowner in Princeton Junction, NJ, wanted his crawl space encapsulated, so he called Cowleys and we were sent out to perform the job.

    Once we entered the crawl space we removed all the contaminated insulation and debris, leveled the ground for proper draining, and installed a drainage matting. This material is a dimpled plastic mat that allows all excess moisture to work its way over the sump pump. Once we finished, we installed a vapor barrier which is a heavy-duty, 20-mil 7-ply sandwich of high and low-density polyethylene with a polyester-cord reinforcement. It cannot tear and is extremely durable. The vapor barrier is also treated with an antimicrobial to prevent mold and is installed over the foundation walls and floor to create a continuous air and moisture barrier.

    Next, we installed SilverGlo™, which is a waterproof foam insulation that seals the walls from outside moisture and humidity, to the walls of the crawl space. Lastly, we installed a Sani-Dry Sedona commercial-grade dehumidifier to control the humidity levels. The Sedona directs the extracted water pulled out of the air directly into the sump pump. Now the homeowner has a transformed crawl space that is clean and dry and can be utilized for additional storage space. 

  • Dehumidifier Service in Millstone Township, NJ
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    Dehumidifier Service in Millstone Township, NJ
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    Dehumidifier Service in Millstone Township, NJ

    Recently, we were contacted by homeowners in Millstone Township, NJ who decided to have a dehumidifier installed in their basement as a permanent long-term solution to their chronic humidity problem. High moisture environments in crawl spaces and basements invites mold, insects, and even structural damage to the home. 

    The readings on our hygrometer, which measures the humidity (amount of water vapor) in the air, confirmed that this basement had an unacceptably high level of humidity. Homes require an acceptable range of humidity for our comfort and health, and air that is too dry or too wet can be the source of problems for a home’s occupants. Our homes are most comfortable at humidity levels between 30 - 50%. Almost always, the problem with basements and crawl spaces Is too much humidity. High humidity levels can cause condensation on windows, wet stains on walls and ceilings, musty odors, and over extended periods of time, wood rot and structural damage. humidity levels rise above 55%,  a home is ripe for mold growth. Mold spores attach to wet or damp surfaces,  consuming whatever organic material that it grows upon. 

    Based on the size (cubic volume) of the basement and its humidity level, we recommended a SaniDry XP commercial dehumidifier. We only install SaniDry commercial-grade dehumidifiers. These machines are specifically designed and manufactured for the challenging environments of basements and crawl spaces. Generic residential dehumidifiers simply aren’t up to the job. For example, the SaniDry XP is a powerful energy-efficient dehumidifier that outperforms standard household dehumidifiers by as much as 10 times while using the same amount of energy to run. The SaniDry XP can effectively cover indoor living spaces over 3000 square feet, making it well-suited for basements and crawl spaces over 40” high. 

    The most important difference between a residential dehumidifier and a SaniDry commercial dehumidifier is its ease of use and automatic operation. A residential dehumidifier requires human intervention to empty the pan of collected dehumidified water. If not timely emptied the pan will overflow and the machine usually huts off once the flow bucket is full. Our commercial dehumidifiers direct the extracted water pulled out of the air into either a sump pump or, if a sump pump isn’t present, a small condensation pump that pumps the water through a 1/2” condensate hose that runs to the outside of the basement. For this installation, we needed to drill a 1/2” hole through the foundation wall to run the hose outside. The installation went off without a hitch.  Now, this basement will no longer have chronic humidity issues. The home will be more comfortable and the risk of dangerous mold growth has been removed.

  • Attic Filled with TruSoft Bllown-in Cellulose Insulation in Jackson, NJ
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    Attic Filled with TruSoft Bllown-in Cellulose Insulation in Jackson, NJ
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    Attic Filled with TruSoft Bllown-in Cellulose Insulation in Jackson, NJ

    After our wildlife team had safely removed all the squirrels out from this attic, we're here to remove the contaminated insulation and add TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation. The squirrels were present in the attic for such a long time that the insulation was soaked with their urine and their feces were everywhere!

    So we carefully removed all the contaminated insulation and then vacuumed and disinfected the attic. Next, we added TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation, which will fill the attic to its recommended insulation levels. TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation has a higher R-value than standard fiberglass insulation, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, and is eco-friendly!

  • Clean Up After Raccoon & Reinsulate the Attic in Franklin Park, NJ
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    Clean Up After Raccoon & Reinsulate the Attic in Franklin Park, NJ
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    Clean Up After Raccoon & Reinsulate the Attic in Franklin Park, NJ

    After our wildlife division had safely and humanely removed a raccoon from this homeowners' attic in Franklin Park, NJ, we were sent out to disinfect and reinsulate the attic.

    First, we carefully removed all the contaminated fiberglass insulation and then disinfected the entire attic. Next, we added over 10 inches of TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation. TruSoft insulation maximizes home comfort, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, is eco-friendly, and optimizes energy usage for year-round peace and savings.

  • Coastal Crawl Space Gets Encapsulated in Bayville, NJ
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    Coastal Crawl Space Gets Encapsulated in Bayville, NJ
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    Coastal Crawl Space Gets Encapsulated in Bayville, NJ

    Recently, we went on a service a call in Bayville, NJ for a homeowner who was complaining of an excessive amount of moisture in his crawl space. Excessive moisture in your crawl space can have a major impact on your family’s health. In fact, 40% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space — which means that moisture and mold can seep into your home, where you're breathing it in. 

    Once we arrived at the property, we equipped our personal protective equipment (PPE) and began our inspection. After surveying the crawl space, we noticed that the homeowner had a dirt floor crawl space and that his home was located right on the bay. Dirt floor crawl spaces attract and absorb moisture. When the dirt dries, it causes humidity levels to rise in your home. After a thorough inspection, we determined that this was the cause of the moisture build-up in the crawl space.  

    The best treatment method to remove the moisture is to encapsulate the crawl space. First, we installed a vapor barrier. A vapor barrier is a super-durable, 20-mil 7-ply plastic sheet material made up of high and low-density polyethylene with polyester-cord reinforcement. The vapor barrier resists the passage of air and by stopping air movement from the ground, it can also turn your crawl space into a semi-conditioned space. Next, we removed the existing fiberglass insulation and replaced it with encapsulated comfort thermal insulation. Then, we installed a smart pump with a battery back up and auxiliary pump to remove any groundwater underneath the liner.

    Finally, in order to prevent mold growth, we installed a SaniDry XP commercial dehumidifier. These machines are specifically designed and manufactured for the challenging environments of basements and crawl spaces. The SaniDry XP is a powerful energy-efficient dehumidifier that outperforms standard household dehumidifiers by as much as 10 times while using the same amount of energy to run. The SaniDry XP can effectively cover indoor living spaces over 3000 square feet, making it well-suited for basements and crawl spaces over 40” high. 

    Now, the moisture in the crawl space is greatly reduced, helping prevent mold growth.

  • Bats Ruin Insulation, We Add New Blown-in Insulation in Beachwood, NJ
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    Bats Ruin Insulation, We Add New Blown-in Insulation in Beachwood, NJ
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    Bats Ruin Insulation, We Add New Blown-in Insulation in Beachwood, NJ

    These Beachwood, NJ homeowners had a colony, or cloud, of bats nesting in their attic for quite a while. Although there was no longer an active bat infestation, the bats left behind a toxic mess of guano (bat droppings). 

    We removed all the contaminated insulation and added approximately 10" of fresh new TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation. TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation has a higher R-value than standard fiberglass insulation, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, and is eco-friendly! Not to mention,heating and cooling systems of a home have to work double-time to replace lost air during temperature fluctuations when insulation isn't present. The result is almost always going to be an expensive energy bill. Blown-in cellulose insulation maximizes home comfort and optimizes energy usage for year-round peace and savings.

  • Crawl Space Repair in Toms River, NJ
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    Crawl Space Repair in Toms River, NJ
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    Crawl Space Repair in Toms River, NJ

    This Toms River, NJ home had a dirt floor crawl space that was poorly insulated, was likely to attract pests and insects, and (in its current state) allowed for the spread of mold and mildew due to the high humidity levels. 

    First, we removed all the contaminated insulation and debris, leveled the ground for proper draining, and installed a drainage matting and a vapor barrier. The vapor barrier is a heavy-duty, 20-mil 7-ply sandwich of high and low-density polyethylene with a polyester-cord reinforcement. It cannot tear and is extremely durable. Dirt floor crawl spaces attract and absorb moisture and once the dirt dries, it causes humidity levels to rise and can lead to mold problems.

    To correct this, we installed Sani-Dry Sedona dehumidifier to control the humidity levels in the crawl space and a Smart Drain. The Smart Drain prevents any moisture from sitting on top of the vapor barrier. The vapor barrier is also treated with an antimicrobial to prevent mold and is installed over the foundation walls and floor to create a continuous air and moisture barrier. Now the homeowner has a transformed crawl space that is clean and dry.

  • Mice Soil Attic Insulation, We Remove & Reinsulate in Toms River, NJ
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    Mice Soil Attic Insulation, We Remove & Reinsulate in Toms River, NJ
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    Mice Soil Attic Insulation, We Remove & Reinsulate in Toms River, NJ

    A homeowner in Toms River, NJ had a mouse infestation in his attic. One of our pest control technicians quickly & efficiently resolved the infestation, and all potential entry points were properly sealed. However, mice were not the only problem. The insulation was not only torn and shredded but was saturated with urine and droppings. When the pellets dry, microscopic spores are then released into the air, which is a health hazard for the home’s occupants. The urine odors are often so strong that they permeate through the entire house. 

    First, we carefully removed all the contaminated insulation and then vacuumed and disinfected the attic. Next, we added TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation, which will fill the attic to its recommended insulation levels. TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation has a higher R-value than standard fiberglass insulation, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, and is eco-friendly!

  • Cowleys Nuisance Wildlife Exclusion Process in Manalapan, NJ
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    Cowleys Nuisance Wildlife Exclusion Process in Manalapan, NJ
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    Cowleys Nuisance Wildlife Exclusion Process in Manalapan, NJ

    A couple in Manalapan, NJ had a major issue with foxes living underneath their deck. We were sent out, inspected the entire area, and set-up our devices to safely retrieve the fox family. Shortly after setting up trapping, the foxes were safely retrieved and we relocated them to a new, humane location.

    Although the foxes were safely removed, that was only half the battle. The deck area was still vulnerable for future intrusions from foxes and other nuisance wildlife.

    To fix this, we dug a trench around the entire perimeter of the deck area that was 1 ft deep and 1 ft out from the bottom of the deck and then installed hardware cloth. This creates a sturdy "L shaped" perimeter that the foxes (and other nuisance wildlife) are unable to dig through. 

    Once we finished installing the hardware cloth, we installed lattice around the entire perimeter of the deck. Now the deck is not only protected from future intrusions from any nuisance wildlife, but it looks aesthetically pleasing as well. 

  • Bat and Raccoons Removed & Attic Reinsulated in Milltown, NJ
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    Bat and Raccoons Removed & Attic Reinsulated in Milltown, NJ
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    Bat and Raccoons Removed & Attic Reinsulated in Milltown, NJ

    This homeowner in Milltown, NJ had suffered through both a bat and raccoon infestation in his attic. Fortunately, our Little Rascals Nuisance Wildlife team were able to safely and successfully remove all the bats and raccoon from the attic and properly exclude them from the home. All that's left is to clean up and reinsulate the attic!

    First, we carefully removed all of the contaminated insulation and then disinfected the entire attic. Next, we added TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation, which will fill the attic to its recommended insulation levels. TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation has a higher R-value than standard fiberglass insulation, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, and is eco-friendly!

  • Cleaning Up After a Birds and Squirrels in Freehold, NJ
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    Cleaning Up After a Birds and Squirrels in Freehold, NJ
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    Cleaning Up After a Birds and Squirrels in Freehold, NJ

    Recently, a homeowner in Freehold, NJ, found himself with both a bird and squirrel infestation in his attic. It’s more common that you would think having different wildlife infesting a home at the same time. An entry point that’s good enough for one animal is often good enough for others. Our nuisance wildlife technicians had already come out and were able to successfully and safely remove all the birds and squirrels from the home, and seal up the entry points.

    Then it was our turn! We carefully removed all the contaminated insulation and then vacuumed and disinfected the attic. Next, we added TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation, which will fill the attic to its recommended insulation levels. TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation has a higher R-value than standard fiberglass insulation, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, and is eco-friendly. Now the attic is transformed from dirty and unhealthy to a clean and energy-saving one!

  • Attic Insulation Saturated with Bat Guano Gets Disinfected and Replaced in Freehold, NJ
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    Attic Insulation Saturated with Bat Guano Gets Disinfected and Replaced in Freehold, NJ
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    Attic Insulation Saturated with Bat Guano Gets Disinfected and Replaced in Freehold, NJ

    Recently, this homeowner in Freehold, NJ had a severe issue with bats in his attic. Fortunately, our Wildlife Division safely removed all the bats out of the attic and then excluded the area to prevent future intrusions from not just bats, but all nuisance wildlife and birds as well. Unfortunately, there was a bigger issue that needed to be addressed.

    The insulation throughout the attic was saturated with bat guano and needed to be removed ASAP. If not, there are several health concerns that could arise from the bat droppings, such as Histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is a disease that primarily affects the lungs and can be life-threatening, particularly to those with a weakened immune system. It is transmitted when a person inhales spores from the fungus that grows on bat droppings.

    First, we carefully disposed of all the contaminated insulation and disinfected the entire attic. Next, we added approximately 12 inches of blown-in Tru-Soft Cellulose attic insulation. The cellulose insulation creates a thermal barrier to help keep the home more comfortable and energy-efficient and the cellulose insulation will fill the attic to the recommended insulation levels. 

    Now, not only is the attic disinfected and the bats are removed, but now, because of the cellulose insulation, the homeowner will save a lot of money on his energy bill.

  • Crawl Space Goes From from Costly to Clean in Freehold, NJ
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    Crawl Space Goes From from Costly to Clean in Freehold, NJ
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    Crawl Space Goes From from Costly to Clean in Freehold, NJ

    After decades of dealing with a costly crawl space, this homeowner in Freehold, NJ decided it was time to encapsulate it!

    First, we removed all the debris, leveled the ground for proper draining, and installed a dimpled drainage matting. The drainage matting allows all excess moisture to work its way over to the sump pump. Once we finished, we installed SilverGlo™ all over the walls of the crawl space. SilverGlo™ is a waterproof foam insulation that seals the walls from outside moisture and humidity to the walls of the crawl space.

    Afterward, we installed a vapor barrier. The vapor barrier is a 20-mil 7-ply sandwich of high and low-density polyethylene that is treated with an antimicrobial finish that protects against mold and mildew growth. Lastly, in order to control the high humidity levels in the crawl space and to prevent mold, we installed a SaniDry dehumidifier. These dehumidifiers are maintenance-free, turn on and off automatically with a built-in hygrometer, and there is no water tray to empty or overflow.

    Now the homeowner has a healthy and efficient crawl space as well as an extra area he can utilize for storage! 

  • Time to Reinsulate Attic with Blown-in Insulation in East Brunswick, NJ
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    Time to Reinsulate Attic with Blown-in Insulation in East Brunswick, NJ
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    Time to Reinsulate Attic with Blown-in Insulation in East Brunswick, NJ

    After a raccoon infestation had ruined this homeowner's attic insulation in East Brunswick, NJ, she called Cowleys to remove the old insulation and replace it with Trusoft blown-in cellulose insulation. 

    Previously, our nuisance wildlife team had successfully & safely removed all the raccoons from the home and properly sealed up all the access points. So what we did was carefully remove all the contaminated insulation and then vacuumed and disinfected the attic. Next, we added TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation, which will fill the attic to its recommended insulation levels. TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation has a higher R-value than standard fiberglass insulation, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, and is eco-friendly!

     

  • Under Insulated Attic in East Brunswick, NJ
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    Under Insulated Attic in East Brunswick, NJ
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    Under Insulated Attic in East Brunswick, NJ

    We went out on a service call for a homeowner in East Brunswick, NJ who was having an issue with poor ventilation in his attic. About 50% of energy costs can be traced to HVAC usage, meaning heating and cooling are one of the biggest expenses for many homeowners. Air leaks between the attic and the rest of the home or outside, insufficient insulation, and poor ventilation are some of the factors that significantly influence your home's energy efficiency, comfort, and costs.

    Once we arrived and conducted a thorough inspection, we determined that his attic was severely under-insulated. After bringing this to the homeowner's attention and discussing a few options, he decided to add blown-in cellulose insulation in his attic. Blown-in cellulose insulation is the perfect choice for reinforcing the barrier between your home's attic and other rooms. Insulation limits heat transfer, meaning it prevents heat from escaping during the winter and prevents humidity from entering the home during the summer. Improper installation of light fixtures in the attic can create void areas of missing insulation. Insulation voids allow heat transfer by convection and radiation. Research has shown that just a 4% void in fiberglass batt insulation can result in a 50% reduction in insulation effectiveness. 

    We added approximately 10 inches of cellulose to their existing insulation in the attic. Now the home has an extra layer of insulation to prevent heat loss. 

  • Attic Goes from Costly to Energy Saving in Basking Ridge, NJ
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    Attic Goes from Costly to Energy Saving in Basking Ridge, NJ
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    Attic Goes from Costly to Energy Saving in Basking Ridge, NJ

    This homeowner in Basking Ridge, NJ, decided it was time to add some much-needed blown-in cellulose insulation to his attic space, so he called our office and our Contracting Team was sent out.

    As soon as we arrived, we went right to work! First, we carefully removed all the old fiberglass insulation, cleaned the area, and then added TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation. TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation will reinforce the barrier between the home's attic and other rooms. It has a higher R-value than standard fiberglass insulation, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, and is eco-friendly! The blanket of insulation will create a thermal barrier and help keep the home more comfortable and efficient  which will lead to year-round savings for the homeowner!

  • Attic Blow-in Cellulose Insulation in Howell, NJ
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    Attic Blow-in Cellulose Insulation in Howell, NJ
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    Attic Blow-in Cellulose Insulation in Howell, NJ

    Previously, we conducted a thorough inspection of a homeowners attic in Howell, NJ and reached the conclusion that it was under-insulated. We brought this to the homeowner's attention and, after thinking about for a little while, wanted Cowleys to add cellulose blown-in insulation in his attic. 

    Blown-in cellulose insulation is used to fill the attic to the recommended insulation levels. The blanket of insulation will create a thermal barrier and help keep the home more comfortable and efficient. Cellulose also has higher R-value than other insulation and instantly improves home energy performance. Our cellulose insulation is treated with non-toxic borate, giving it the highest Class-1 fire safety rating and creating incredible resistance to mold and pests. Not only does cellulose insulation efficiently optimize energy-usage, but it is made primarily from recycled newspaper, making it the perfect choice for environmentally conscious property owners.

    Once we arrived, we re-inspected the attic and then began adding approximately 10 inches of blown-in cellulose insulation. Now the home has an extra layer of insulation to prevent against heat loss. 

  • Blown-in Cellulose Insulation Provides Comfort and Extra Energy Savings in Lavallette, NJ
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    Blown-in Cellulose Insulation Provides Comfort and Extra Energy Savings in Lavallette, NJ
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    Blown-in Cellulose Insulation Provides Comfort and Extra Energy Savings in Lavallette, NJ

    This Lavallette, NJ homeowner had used Cowelys to resolve her chronically damp dirty crawl space. This time, she asked us to improve her home’s energy efficiency by adding TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation. Why blown-in cellulose insulation? With a higher R-value than standard fiberglass batts, cellulose insulation instantly improves home energy performance, provides more durability so it won't compress, become damaged by pests, and creates an incredible resistance to mold and pests. 

    Not to mention cellulose insulation is treated with non-toxic borate, giving it the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, and is made primarily from recycled newspaper, making it the perfect choice for environmentally conscious property owners. By increasing the efficiency of the home’s HVAC system, the homeowners will see noticeable reductions in their heating and cooling bills

     

  • Crawl Space in Need of Encapsulation in Farmingdale, NJ
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    Crawl Space in Need of Encapsulation in Farmingdale, NJ
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    Crawl Space in Need of Encapsulation in Farmingdale, NJ

    April showers bring May flowers, including heavy rains into crawl spaces! Recently, we received a call from a homeowner in Farmingdale, NJ who had an issue with their crawl space. During heavy rainfall, their crawl space kept getting flooded and the sump pump wasn’t working properly. Not having a clean crawl space can have a major impact on your family’s health in so many ways. In fact, 40% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space. This means that moisture, mold, dust, and pathogens can seep into your home, where you're breathing it in. Asthma or allergy symptoms could be a response to this. Once we arrived at the property, we put on our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), full-face respirator masks and began our inspection. After thoroughly inspecting the crawl space, we discussed with the homeowners what they needed. A crawl space encapsulation. 

    Crawl space encapsulation eliminates moisture, prevents damage from moisture, keeps unwanted critters out, and saves you money on your utility bill. First, we removed all the debris out of the crawl space. Then we laid down drainage matting which will allow any water to work its way over to the sump pump. Once that was done we dug a hole to remove the old sump pump and installed the new sump pump. Then we filled the outside of the hole with stones to allow water to make its way into the sump pump. Finally, we lined the entire crawl space with a vapor barrier liner. The vapor barrier is a 20-mil 7-ply sandwich of high and low-density polyethylene with a polyester-cord reinforcement. It's also treated with an antimicrobial finish that protects against mold and mildew growth. This vapor barrier is made-to-take-a-beating and is puncture and tear-resistant. Now the homeowner will no longer worry about their crawl space getting flooded.

  • Raccoons Removed, Now to Add Blown-in Cellulose Insulation in Brick, NJ
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    Raccoons Removed, Now to Add Blown-in Cellulose Insulation in Brick, NJ
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    Raccoons Removed, Now to Add Blown-in Cellulose Insulation in Brick, NJ

    First, we removed all the contaminated insulation and then disinfected the entire attic. Next, we added TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation, which will fill the attic to its recommended insulation levels. TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation has a higher R-value than standard fiberglass insulation, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, and is eco-friendly! Now the attic is transformed from dirty and unhealthy to a clean and energy-saving one!

  • Messy Attic Gets A Makeover in Brick, NJ
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    Messy Attic Gets A Makeover in Brick, NJ
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    Messy Attic Gets A Makeover in Brick, NJ

    A new resident in Brick, NJ recently purchased a home and wanted Cowleys to replace the insulation in his attic with blown-in cellulose insulation.

    When we inspected the attic, there was a ton of old fiberglass insulation pilled on top of one another throughout the attic! Apparently, the previous owner just kept pilling new fiberglass insulation on top of the old ones, thinking that this will properly insulate his attic — it did not!

    We removed all the insulation throughout the attic, properly disposed of it, and then vacuumed and disinfected the attic. Afterward, we added approximately 10 inches of TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation throughout the attic. Our blown-in TruSoft cellulose insulation exceeds the recommended insulation standards and prevents attic air from seeping into the homeTruSoft won't compress, is treated with non-toxic borate (which creates an incredible resistance to mold & pests), has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, and is eco-friendly!

    Now the attic looks more aesthetically pleasing and organized and the homeowner will save a considerable amount of money on his energy bill!

  • TruSoft Blown-in Cellulose Insulation Installed in South Plainfield, NJ
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    TruSoft Blown-in Cellulose Insulation Installed in South Plainfield, NJ
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    TruSoft Blown-in Cellulose Insulation Installed in South Plainfield, NJ

    These homeowners in South Plainfield, NJ had a squirrel infestation in their attic. Fortunately, our Little Rascals team safely retrieved the squirrels, relocated them to a new, humane environment, and properly sealed up their entry point. However, as often happens, the squirrels made a mess of the attic. There were toxic droppings throughout the attic. When these droppings dry out or are otherwise disturbed, particles can become airborne and circulate throughout the home. If breathed in, these microscopic spores can trigger serious respiratory diseases. In addition, as often happens, the sponge-like attic insulation becomes contaminated from animal waste.

    So we removed all the old & contaminated insulation and then disinfected the attic. Once we finished, we added TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation! TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation has a higher R-value than standard fiberglass insulation, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, and is eco-friendly!

  • Additional Attic Insulation Added in Allenwood, NJ
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    Additional Attic Insulation Added in Allenwood, NJ
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    Additional Attic Insulation Added in Allenwood, NJ

    These homeowners in Allenwood, NJ had recently purchased their home and wanted to better insulate their attic. Good attic insulation slows the rate of heat transfer. It is important both in the summer and winter. During the winter, attic insulation helps stop the flow of heat out of the home, and during the summer, it shows the movement of heat into the home. This not only makes the home more comfortable but also helps your HVAC system work more efficiently and effectively, saving substantial money on your utility bills. Insulation is one of those home investments that easily pays for itself over time.

    There was nothing wrong with this home’s existing insulation. The problem was that there just wasn’t enough of it. Cowleys had the perfect solution: We came in and installed a 5" cap of our TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation right on top of their existing insulation. This insulation offers superior thermal properties as well as a proven method of pest control. 

  • Bird Control in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
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    Bird Control in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
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    Bird Control in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

    Recently, we went on a service call for a homeowner in Point Pleasant Beach NJ, who was having an issue with birds getting into his home. As we inspected the exterior of the home to find the birds’ point of access, we came across a damaged plastic exhaust vent. As we took a closer look, a Starling peak his head out of the dryer vent and flew off!

    Starlings are stocky black birds with short tails, triangular wings, and long, pointed bills. They nest in holes and cavities and often use holes in buildings — primarily dryer vents. Sterlings will exploit a vent opening to build a nest inside the home. Damaged exhaust vents not only allow birds and other critters to gain access to your home but also allow moisture to come in, which can lead to mold and mildew problems. 

    First, we thoroughly inspected the entire interior and exterior of the home to find any other nesting areas, to which we didn’t find. Next, we spoke with the homeowner regarding the dryer vent and mentioned that it needs to be replaced. He agreed and immediately scheduled an appointment with a contractor. Then, we sanitized and deodorized the vent with a solution that targets bird mites. Bird mites are tiny, semi-transparent parasites that feed on the blood of birds. When birds leave their nests, the mites are left behind without a suitable host for their next blood meal. They will enter a home and feed on the blood of humans. Bird mites are the main reason why extreme care is needed when removing a nest. 

    After removing all remnants of bird activity, as a temporary solution, we secured hardware cloth on the inside of the vent to prevent any more birds from attempting to access that area. Now the homeowner will no longer worry about annoying birds gaining access into his home.

  • Crawl Space in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ Gets a Vapor Barrier Makeover
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    Crawl Space in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ Gets a Vapor Barrier Makeover
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    Crawl Space in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ Gets a Vapor Barrier Makeover

    Recently, our crawl space specialists completed an upgrade for a home in Point Pleasant, NJ. The homeowner thought that after a recent heavy rainstorm he better check his crawl space for water. It was a good thing he did. The crawl space had stagnant water along with high humidity levels. He was concerned, and rightly so, that mold could develop. Moisture build-up in crawl spaces creates an ideal environment for mold growth. When hidden mold forms in the non-living spaces of homes like crawl spaces, basements, and attics, airborne spores circulate throughout the entire home adversely affecting air quality for the home’s occupants, and those sensitive to mold can develop respiratory issues. Excess moisture can lead to structural damage, including wood rot wood and rusted metal, and is also an attractant for insects and wildlife. Mosquitoes, for instance, breed in standing water.

    Prior to entering the crawl space, we donned our personal protective equipment. Mold is a bio-hazard in enclosed spaces and proper safety precautions must always be used. With gloves, masks, and goggles in place, we began a thorough inspection of the crawl space. There were multiple water puddles throughout the crawl space, so the area was ripe for mold growth. However, after inspecting every nook and cranny of the crawl space, we couldn’t find any mold growth that had yet taken hold. 

    Continuing our inspection, we concluded that the moisture was coming up right through the dirt floor soil. Soil is a porous medium that acts like a sponge. About half its volume is air space and the other half is mineral and organic. It can soak up a large amount of water from above and below. Different soils have different water-holding capacities based on its porousness up to its point of saturation when all its pores are full. After rainfall, soil soaks up water, and once the soil is saturated, it will form surface puddles along with moisture and humidity. Although it was a good sign that there was not yet any mold growth in the crawl space, with this level of moisture build-up, it was only a matter of time before mold would form. This was a case where a homeowner had the foresight to realize there was a potential problem and contacted us early on. Usually, we are contacted after mold has already formed.

    It was time for us to upgrade the crawl space. For this job, the homeowner requested that we install a vapor barrier. But not any vapor barrier. Many of the vapor barriers installed are no better than contractor bags. We use super-durable, 20-mil 7-ply plastic sheet material made up of high and low-density polyethylene with polyester-cord reinforcement. These barriers are as tough as nails and can be walked on without fear of tearing. We placed the vapor barrier on the dirt floor crawl space and anchored it directly into the wall. This barrier will deter moisture from entering the crawl space. A dry crawl space prevents mold growth and other water-related problems.

    This job was a great example of a homeowner taking a proactive approach to prevent mold and mildew growth. Crawl spaces are notorious trouble spots for homeowners. It’s far better to identify and fix crawl space water and moisture problems before mold takes hold. 

  • Nuisance Wildlife Contaminates Insulation, We Remove and Add Blown-in Insulation in Sea Girt, NJ
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    Nuisance Wildlife Contaminates Insulation, We Remove and Add Blown-in Insulation in Sea Girt, NJ
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    Nuisance Wildlife Contaminates Insulation, We Remove and Add Blown-in Insulation in Sea Girt, NJ

    These Sea Girt homeowners had a wildlife infestation in their attic. They had an exclusion done by our nuisance wildlife team who blocked all of the potential entry points into the attic. Unfortunately, although the wildlife was gone and could not re-enter, the homeowners were left with destroyed attic insulation and a toxic mess of animal droppings. 

    We removed all the contaminated insulation and added TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation. Blown-in cellulose insulation maximizes home comfort, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, is eco-friendly, and optimizes energy usage for year-round peace and savings!

     

  • Bats Soil Attic Insulation, So We Replace it in Homdel, NJ
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    Bats Soil Attic Insulation, So We Replace it in Homdel, NJ
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    Bats Soil Attic Insulation, So We Replace it in Homdel, NJ

    Previously, our Little Rascals Nuisance Wildlife Removal team and safely and successfully removed a large number of bats that had been living in this homeowners' attic. The only downside was that the bats left behind a toxic mess of bat guano (bat feces). 

    First, we carefully disinfected the entire attic and removed all the contaminated insulation. Afterward, we added approximately 10 inches of TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation! TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation has a higher R-value than standard fiberglass insulation, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, and is eco-friendly! Blown-in cellulose insulation maximizes home comfort and optimizes energy usage for year-round peace and savings.

  • Crawl Space Encapsulation in Lake Como, NJ
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    Crawl Space Encapsulation in Lake Como, NJ
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    Crawl Space Encapsulation in Lake Como, NJ

    This crawl space got a complete face lift with crawl space encapsulation, keeping the environment dry, pest and mold-free.

  • Homeowner Adds Dehumidifier to New Construction in Belmar, NJ
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    Homeowner Adds Dehumidifier to New Construction in Belmar, NJ
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    Homeowner Adds Dehumidifier to New Construction in Belmar, NJ

    A homeowner in Belmar, NJ, who was in the process of building his dream home, decided to invest in a dehumidifier for his basement, and he contacted us. Cowleys has a contractor division with an experienced crew that installs and services SaniDry dehumidifiers. These commercial-grade dehumidifiers that are specifically engineered for the challenging environments of crawl spaces and basements, and we limit our line to these workhorse machines. In these sub-grade areas of homes, chronic humidity is a problem, especially with our hot and muggy New Jersey summers. 

    Dehumidification is the only effective long-term solution to remove excess moisture in the air. High indoor humidity levels are responsible for a host of problems for including mold growth, a favorable environment for insects, wood rot and other structural damage. Also, dehumidifiers improve the liveability of a home. They help eliminate musty odors that can waft into the living areas of the home and dramatically improve indoor air quality by removing airborne mold spores and other allergens, helping relieve allergy and other lung and respiratory symptoms. After inspecting the homeowner's basement, and based on the size (cubic volume) of the basement, we recommended a SaniDry XP commercial dehumidifier.

    You may be thinking why not go with a residential dehumidifier? Can there really be that much of a difference between these commercial-grade dehumidifiers and the generic residential ones? The short answer is that there is no comparison. As many homeowners find out the hard way, the generic dehumidifiers sold in hardware stores simply aren’t up to the job. For example, the SaniDry XP that we installed for this homeowner is a powerful energy-efficient dehumidifier that outperforms standard household dehumidifiers by as much as 10 times -- while using the same amount of energy to run! The SaniDry XP can effectively cover indoor living spaces over 3000 square feet, making it well-suited for basements and crawl spaces over 40” high. 

    The key difference between a residential dehumidifier and a SaniDry commercial dehumidifier is its ease of use and automatic operation. A residential dehumidifier requires human intervention to empty the pan of collected dehumidified water. If not timely emptied, the pan overflows, and usually, the machine shuts off once the flow bucket is full. Our commercial dehumidifiers direct the extracted water pulled out of the air into either a sump pump or, if a sump pump isn’t present, a condensation pump that pumps the water through a condensate hose to the outside of the basement. These machines work 24/7 year-round automatically. 

    The homeowner was ecstatic to know that he would have clean, dry air circulating throughout his home and the reduced humidity levels in his basement would prevent mold growth. For him, this dehumidifier was an investment that protected both his home and his family’s health. 

  • Attic Insulation in Spring Lake, NJ
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    Attic Insulation in Spring Lake, NJ
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    Attic Insulation in Spring Lake, NJ

    A new customer in Spring Lake, NJ thought that the insulation in his attic had mold on it, so he called our office to inspect further. After a thorough inspection, we didn't find any signs of mold nor any conducive conditions that could potentially lead to mold growth (the insulation was just old and filthy). However, we did notice that the attic was severely under-insulated, which can lead to costly utility bills and fluctuating temperatures throughout the home. After bringing this to the owners' attention, he wanted us to insulate the attic. 

    When it comes it attic insulation, blown-in cellulose is the best. Blown-in cellulose insulation is used to fill the attic to the recommended insulation levels and this blanket of insulation will create a thermal barrier and help keep the home more comfortable and efficient. Cellulose also has a higher R-value than other insulation and is treated with non-toxic borate, giving it the highest Class-1 fire safety rating and creating incredible resistance to mold and pests.

    Once we arrived, we re-inspected the attic, removed the old insulation, and then added 10 inches of TruSoftblown-in cellulose insulation. The result will be a much more efficient and comfortable home!