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Tips for Identifying if Your Office or Co-Op Has Mold

Where Does Mold Prefer to Hide?

Where Does Mold Prefer to Hide?

Mold sickness begins with mild symptoms that are easy to ignore. However, long-term exposure can lead to serious illness, even for otherwise healthy adults. For people with compromised immune systems, the elderly, and children, mold exposure can cause life-threatening illness.

If mold is present in your office or co-op, it’s essential to get rid of the problem right away. Our patented NJ mold removal method is low-cost, quick, and doesn’t require tearing out walls. Call us right away if you notice any of these identifying signs for the presence of mold.

  • Musky smell: People sometimes just accept that an old building has strange smells in some rooms. Mold colonies may be living inside walls or under flooring. If you notice a persistent musky odor, the cause is likely mold.
  • Moisture problems: Whether it’s an ongoing plumbing leak, roof leak, or drainage problem, where there is moisture, mold will soon grow. Spores can lie dormant for years just waiting for the right combination of moisture, food, and temperature to begin growing and thriving.
  • Visual evidence: If you notice mold under kitchen sinks or in bathrooms, don’t ignore the problem. Mold does not go away on its own and there may be more danger there than meets the eye. There are many different types of mold that look similar. It is best to consult experienced professionals for identifying the type and extent of the mold problem.

Trying to remove mold yourself will expose you to more mold spores. If you think the building you live or work in is making you sick, trust your instincts and call us for a consultation about our NJ mold removal system.

Can You Get Skin Lesions from Mold Exposure?

It's Time to Get Stern with Your Mold!

It’s Time to Get Stern with Your Mold!

Mold can cause severe respiratory problems, eye irritation, chronic headaches, and skin lesions. As unpleasant as it may be to think about, human skin can be an ideal growing surface for mold. Mold needs warmth, moisture, and food to thrive: 1. Your skin is a biodegradable surface, much like wood or sheet rock; 2. The average human body temperature is between 97.7 °F and 99.5 °F; and 3. The only other thing mold needs to reproduce and grow on human skin is moisture.

Common causes of mold growth on skin

• If you don’t dry thoroughly after bathing, the moisture can create an ideal condition for mold growth on your skin.
• High humidity levels in your home can result in your skin remaining moist long after you’ve finished your bath or shower.
• Consuming a diet high in yeast can create too much yeast in your blood and cause a yeast infection and mold on the skin.
• Any infection or immune system problem that compromises the natural defenses of your body can give mold a toehold and lead to serious skin lesions.

Why NYC mold removal?

People allergic to mold spores may develop a skin rash in response to exposure. The red, inflamed areas of the skin can be itchy and painful. Because the skin is already damaged, it doesn’t take much scratching to break the skin and open the door to infection and severe skin lesions.

The old medical idiom “prevention is the best cure” applies to all the possible health risks of mold. Contact the experts at Stern for a consultation on their patented method of NYC mold removal. MoldExterm is a fast and affordable.

Do You Have These Symptoms of Mold Sickness?

Mold Sickness

The symptoms of mold sickness are often mistaken for some other issue. People feel safe in their home and their place of work is like a second home. They don’t want to think that something in either of these places may be making them sick.

Mold is an easy problem to overlook that can be easily remedied with our NJ mold removal system. It may not have been present a few years ago, but a small plumbing leak or moisture problem can slowly lead to mold and declining health.

Short term mold exposure symptoms

There are some people with a sensitivity to mold spores who begin sneezing almost immediately when they enter a building with mold. However, for most people the symptoms are more subtle and mirror allergies to pollen, ragweed, and grass. Short term mold exposure can cause watering eyes, sneezing, headaches, and skin irritation.

Long term mold exposure symptoms

After continued exposure to mold, symptoms like chronic headaches, fatigue, joint pain, memory loss, and nausea or loss of appetite start to appear. These issues are the same symptoms of many other medical problems. You may chalk them up to pushing yourself too hard, being under a lot of stress, or just getting older.

The effects of mold are much more serious for someone with a weakened immune system. Unfortunately, someone with a compromised immune system is already in poor health and it’s all too easy for them and other people to dismiss their new symptoms as part of an existing condition.

If you suspect mold in your home or business, call us right away for information on our non-toxic NJ mold removal method.

Could You Be Suffering From Toxic Mold Exposure?

The Presence of Mold Can Seriously Impact Your Health

Mold Exposure

Your NYC mold removal specialists want you to stay informed about toxic mold, and here is something interesting to think about. Toxic mold exposure.

What is Toxic Mold Exposure Like?

Unfortunately, toxic mold exposure resembles several other respiratory problems like allergies, colds, sinus infections, asthma and others. That’s why it may be one of the more difficult illnesses to diagnose.

Some of the signs might be:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Sinus problems
  • Fatigue
  • Red eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Tears
  • Lightheadedness
  • Headaches
  • Light sensitivity

Those symptoms are some of the most common results of toxic mold exposure, but as you can see, they are also symptoms of various kinds of upper respiratory illnesses as well.

There are other ways to tell, and here are a few:

  • Has your building or home been recently flooded?
  • Are you being exposed to musty air?
  • Is there noticeable water damage in any room, particularly the bathroom and/or laundry room?
  • Do your symptoms worsen on days with rain?
  • Are you getting treatment from a doctor for an upper respiratory illness, but it never seems to go away?
  • Do you have skin rashes for no apparent reason?

Once again, these are potentially common problems with various types of respiratory illnesses, but if you are experiencing symptoms and problems from both of these lists at the same time, you could be suffering from toxic mold exposure.

If you see any black mold in your house, home or apartment, or you are experiencing upper respiratory problems that never seem to go away, call your NYC mold removal specialist, Stern Mold, for a free mold inspection. Serving the NY and NJ areas for nearly 25 years.

Can You Sue Your Landlord for Mold Exposure – You Bet!

Don't Wait until it's Too Late, Inspect Now!

Suing A Landlord Over Mold

Mold is a serious problem and can cause severe health issues in many people. When you lease a property for your home or business, you have certain legal rights regarding the condition of the property. Landlords are responsible for keeping the premises fit for human habitation for the duration of the lease. If you have a problem with mold in a property that you are leasing, contact the landlord as soon as possible.

Conditions that result in mold

Mold needs three things to grow: Moisture, food, and proper temperature. Moisture can exist in the air due to a leaky roof or inadequate ventilation. It can also come from plumbing leaks, standing water in a crawlspace, a damp basement, or poor drainage allowing water to enter the building.

These issues alone can cost a lot of money to fix. However, our NYC mold removal method is not expensive, and properly addressing these problems is less costly for the landlord than ignoring the matter and ultimately being required to pay for legal fees, mold inspection, replacing damaged personal property, medical expenses, and emotional distress.

If you have to sue your landlord

Ideally, your landlord values you as a tenant and will make every effort to maintain a good relationship with you. Do your part to keep good will in this legal relationship, if that’s possible.

Landlord responsibilities regarding mold aren’t always clear. There are no federal standards for permissible exposure limits in buildings and you may have to pay for a professional inspection and air quality test to prove a health risk exists. Consult an attorney and contact the mold experts at Stern for NYC mold removal.

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