Crawl Spaces – the Hidden Space Mold Loves

Mold Spores Found in a Crawl Space

Mold Spores Found in a Crawl Space

Crawl spaces turn into mold incubators whenever spores are present and the relative humidity goes above 50%. Mold does not need much warmth or sunlight to grow.

Give it some water and food — any kind of wood or paper serves as food for mold — and suddenly you’ll have a mold infestation on and around the building’s structure, and spreading fast.

Moisture enters crawl spaces in several ways:

  • Plumbing leaks
  • Crawl space vents allow moist air in
  • Moisture evaporates from the ground below and gets trapped
  • Rainwater drainage problems cause pooled water

If you think you have mold under your building, get a free inspection for NYC mold remediation so you know. As the EPA points out, toxic mold can be any color (not just black) and can cause health problems even when dead or inactive.

How to Remediate Mold in a Crawl Space

For starters, find the water source first. Major problems like plumbing leaks should be repaired to stifle the mold growth conditions.

Once a leak or standing water issue has been fixed, you’ll still need an NYC mold remediation service to assess conditions and prevent mold. Relative humidity tends to be higher in a cool crawl space, so mold spores can regrow with only a small amount of moisture present.

Fortunately, it’s now possible to treat crawl space mold without needing to rip out everything and rebuild. Stern Mold uses bio remedial mold treatment consisting of antimicrobials and a polymer seal that ensure mold colonies are destroyed and prevented from coming back.

Our NYC mold remediation service comes with a guarantee. Call 888-887-8376 or contact us online for a free inspection and quote.

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Pamela Stern is Our Certified Environmental Hygienist

Your Satisfaction with Our Mold Removal Treatment is Guaranteed!

Your Satisfaction with Our Mold Removal Treatment is Guaranteed!

As we learn more about the effects of mold and other toxins in the environment, agencies like the EPA have instituted regulations designed to protect workers. Pamela Stern, our certified environmental hygienist, can help you make sure your workplace is compliant.

The Emerging Field of Environmental Hygiene

An environmental hygienist is sometimes referred to as “industrial hygienist,” while the global term is “occupational hygienist.” Regardless of the name, the job involves evaluating the levels of biological and chemical contaminants in a workplace and taking steps to maintain acceptable standards.

The principle qualification of an environmental hygienist is at least a bachelor’s degree in a biological or physical science which provides training in identifying and containing hazardous substances. Some schools have begun offering environmental hygiene as one of their degree programs.

Focus on a Healthy Workplace

In addition to their extensive knowledge about hazardous substances, environmental hygienists understand the effects they can have on physical and mental health. Since different industries use different products, each workplace should be assessed independently.

The primary role of an environmental hygienist is protecting workers from the unique risks presented in their workplace. Activities include establishing safe exposure limits and developing strategies to keep contaminants under control.

Need Effective NYC Mold Removal? Contact Stern Mold

Pamela is part of our team of trained professionals who are experienced in NYC mold removal. Our eco-friendly MoldExterm program eliminates mold more quickly and cleanly than traditional remediation, while the proprietary polymer sealer protects against future infestations.

Are you ready to get “Stern” with your mold problem? Contact us today to schedule a free mold inspection.

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Mold Spores Can Live for Thousands of Years Waiting for the Right Conditions to Grow

Protect Yourself with Our Help!

Protect Yourself with Our Help!

Everywhere you look, our world is filled with microorganisms, which include mold spores. Mold infestations often start not because mold spores have suddenly invaded your home, but rather because the spores were already there — and now they have the right conditions to grow.

Mold biology works very differently than animals and plants. Mold starts with spores that can lie dormant indefinitely. Dormant spores stay inactive if they don’t sense the right combination of moisture, temperature, air, and food. When something changes, the dormant spores start actively growing mold.

Be aware that mold spores are probably present in or near your home already, so if you see any signs of mold, be quick to call for mold treatment. Today’s mold removal methods are far less invasive than traditional mold remediation.

Inactive Mold or Active Mold?

If you have found mold in your home, be careful. Breathing in the spores can harm your respiratory system regardless of whether the spores are active or inactive.

A free mold inspection can help bring you peace of mind. You might have found inactive mold, but it’s possible that disturbing it has actually activated it!

Do You Need to Treat Inactive Mold?

Any indoor mold should be treated, especially because seemingly “dead” mold might become reactivated by moisture. Proper mold cleanup involves more than just disinfecting the area. Spores should be sealed off so they don’t activate, and the conditions for mold growth should be avoided.

Worried about mold remediation disturbing your home? There’s a newer, more scientifically advanced way. Contact us at Stern Mold to schedule a free inspection and quote for our two-step MoldExterm removal and treatment system.

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It’s Time to Get Stern with Your Mold!

It's Time to Get Stern with Your Mold!

It’s Time to Get Stern with Your Mold!

Is your home or building infested with mold that has resisted all of your attempts to remove it? It’s time to get “Stern” with mold using our proprietary MoldExterm system that is a safer, eco-friendly and cost-effective improvement over traditional mold remediation methods.

MoldExterm: A State-of-the-Art Treatment

Effective mold removal is a two-step process. All visible mold must first be removed, and then the cause of the infestation has to be treated at the source.

  • In MM1, the first part of the MoldExterm treatment, all affected areas are cleaned with an EPA-registered, multi-purpose antimicrobial solution that kills mold and disinfects the surface. Unlike the intrusive process of remediation, there’s no need to inconvenience your household or business by removing building materials.
  • During MM2, surfaces are coated with MoldExterm’s proprietary polymer sealant which incorporates the antimicrobial power of silver nanoparticles. This durable substance was developed by Dr. Leonard Pinchuk, whose many accomplishments include creating the nylon angioplasty balloon that is widely used today to fight cardiovascular disease.

While the sealant is water-soluble during application, ionic cross-linkers prevent it from being water-soluble once it dries. When conditions are right for mold development, the cross-linkers rise to the surface, preventing spores from taking hold.

The polymer sealant is so powerful that it remains active even under a coat of paint. We also offer a guarantee of up to five years for your peace of mind.

Contact Stern Mold for Safe and Effective NYC Mold Removal

Are you ready to get “Stern” with your mold? Contact us today to schedule a free mold inspection by one of our friendly and professionally trained technicians.

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What Mold Needs to Grow – Moisture, Oxygen, Food Source

Mold Spores

Know the Conditions For Mold Growth so You Can Prevent It

As a type of fungus, mold spores need water, air, and some form of food in order to grow and spread. Suspect mold at your home or office? Know the conditions for mold growth, and you will be better prepared to choose a NYC mold remediation technique that wipes them out and prevents future mold growth.

Mold and Moisture

Water can be called the source of life. Unfortunately, that holds true for mold. Leaks and floods often cause mold infestations, but it only takes a tiny bit of water to feed a mold colony.

Red flags for the moisture needed for mold growth include:

  • Plumbing leaks
  • Moisture around sinks and bathrooms
  • Roof leaks
  • Condensation
  • Sprinkler or hose water entering the building

Oxygen Respiration of Mold

Like many organisms, molds also require oxygen. This makes it possible for a polymer sealant to effectively block future mold growth.

Food Sources for Mold

Mold colonies get their food from any organic matter — but we’re not talking about health foods.

Wood, wallpaper, fabric and upholstery, or even plants and soil can all feed mold. Your NYC mold remediation provider will check cabinets, walls, ceilings and other building materials made with organic substances to eradicate the entire colony.

Preventing the Conditions for Mold Growth

For years, the typical NYC mold remediation process involved ripping out walls and cabinets to remove the spores the way you would remove asbestos. Today, we have advanced mold treatment methods that block out moisture and protect your property without having to disturb the structure.

Contact us for a free inspection and quote and find out more about our scientifically advanced NYC mold remediation service.

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