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If mold takes hold, they're the answer
Two area businessmen team up to form Moldstoppers of Central Virginia.

 James Barr of Moldstoppers sprays a biocide called Shockwave and a mold block to the wood studs of a home located in downtown Fredericksburg. The home had water damage from a leak that caused mold to grow.
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Date published: 12/16/2012


A water leak on the second floor of a Fredericksburg home slowly wreaked havoc last summer while its elderly owner was in the hospital.

By the time she'd recovered, the house was uninhabitable. The water and humid weather had combined to create the perfect breeding ground for mold.

"We didn't even have to do a visual," said Withers W. "Buzzy" Moncure Jr., co-owner of the new Moldstoppers of Central Virginia LLC.

All the drywall had to be ripped out, and last week, Moncure and his business partner, Rand Sompayrac, were at the house with technician James Barr to remediate the mold.

Barr donned white Shieldtech 25 protective coveralls, latex gloves and a respirator, then grabbed a sprayer and began applying a biocide called Shockwave to the interior framing.

"Bleach does not kill mold on porous surfaces," Moncure said. "It doesn't kill the tentacles that mold sends out, and the mold will come back."

Once Shockwave is applied, each piece of wood had to be sanded to remove as much of the mold as possible. Barr would then use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to get rid of the dust. After the wood dried, he'd apply moldBLOCK to keep any mold from growing back. The liquid mold inhibitor goes on white, but turns green when dry.

MoldStoppers, which was started by a former Stafford County businessman and is based in Southern Pines, N.C., offers a 20-year warranty against future mold growth on any area the company treats.

If a mold problem crops up during that time period, chances are good that it's in an untreated area. A MoldStoppers employee can tell the difference because treated areas remain green.

"It protects us and the client, really," Moncure said.

The longtime Fredericksburg-area businessman got interested in MoldStoppers after his daughter and son-in-law bought a house in Orange and had to have mold in the basement remediated.

"I saw the price that she paid," Moncure said. "I said, 'Wow! That's an opportunity.'"

It knocked when David Conner, one of the original four partners in The GeMROI Co. in Fredericksburg, called to ask if he knew anyone who would be interested in starting a MoldStoppers limited liability company, or LLC, in the Fredericksburg area.

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