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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Weighs in on Mold and Dampness in Buildings

Don't Let Your Workplace Be Toxic!

Don’t Let Your Workplace Be Toxic!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that people with asthma or hypersensitivity pneumonitis may develop a more serious disease if they are exposed to mold and dampness in a building on an ongoing basis. That and other information about preventing occupational respiratory diseases from exposure to mold is in an alert issued by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Protect the health of your employees

Some business owners might postpone taking corrective action because they think NJ mold removal will cost a lot of money and require their business to shut down for a long time. However, allowing dampness and mold to remain in your building puts the health of your employees at risk.

High indoor humidity, minor roof leaks, or window leaks can lead to mold, fungi, and bacteria. According to NIOSH, mold can adapt to different moisture conditions. The report goes on to say that studies have found when otherwise healthy people are continuously exposed to dampness and mold in buildings they can develop asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, bronchitis, and respiratory infections.

Legal requirements for employers

A survey of office workers in Britain found that 70 percent of them believe their workplace has indoor air pollution. American companies are required by the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act to maintain a safe workplace for employees and correct any known issues that could lead to serious illness, injury, or death.

Contact the mold experts at Stern Mold to put your mind at ease and prevent illnesses from mold and dampness inside your building. The MoldExterm method is quicker, cleaner, and less costly than traditional NJ mold removal methods.

Environmental Protection Agency Provides a Mold Information Resource

Don't Let Your Mold Problems Grow.

Don’t Let Your Mold Problems Grow.

There are a lot of misconceptions about mold. For example, there are well over 100,000 different types of mold. Some species of mold like penicillium, are used for beneficial purposes. But unless you’re a trained professional, you can’t accurately differentiate between the more benign types of mold and toxic molds. If you have a moisture problem in your home or business, mold is sure to follow. Call the mold experts at Stern for a free inspection.

EPA mold information

The Environmental Protection Agency has a free online resource for information about indoor air quality and mold. It provides information on the health risks associated with spending time in buildings with mold and has answers to commonly asked questions.

Mold is a common problem and there are currently no federal regulations or standards for acceptable levels of indoor mold spores. Reading about how much a problem mold is inside buildings can be unsettling. However, you don’t need to feel frightened. Obtain information from trustworthy sources like the EPA so you can make an informed decision about NJ mold removal.

Guaranteed peace of mind

Mold is a problem that you can eliminate quickly and easily. The MoldExterm method is a more effective and less costly solution than traditional mold remediation. If you already have a quote in writing from a certified mold removal company, contact Stern Mold to compare our price to theirs. We can beat their NJ mold removal quote by 20 percent and provide you with up to a five-year guarantee. We are NORMI certified and have been serving clients in New Jersey, New York City, and Long Island area since 1995.

Study From Finland Links Child Asthma to Mold and Dampness in Buildings

Don't let Mold Ruin the New Year For Your Family.

Don’t let Mold Ruin the New Year For Your Family.

During the 1990s, there was a rapid increase in cases of onset asthma among children in Finland. During the same period, there was also an increase in water damage to buildings. A study by the Environmental Health section of the National Public Health Institute found that approximately one in ten and perhaps as many as one in five cases of the onset asthma were directly linked to mold and water intrusion in buildings.

US researchers also link mold to asthma

A study conducted by the University of Cincinnati and co-authored by Dr. David Bernstein followed 180 children for seven years. The researchers found that children living in homes with mold were three times more likely to develop asthma before the age of seven.

Infants and young children are especially vulnerable to respiratory illnesses brought on by mold exposure. Parents and those expecting children should contact a certified NJ mold removal company right away if they suspect they may have a mold problem.

How mold affects people

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that mold affects people differently. Some may have symptoms like a runny nose, eye irritation, and/or itching skin. People with serious mold allergies will experience wheezing and perhaps difficulty breathing. Anyone with a compromised immune system or existing lung illnesses are at greater risk of serious illnesses and lung infections.

The best solution

The MoldExterm method quickly and effectively eliminates mold problems. Contact the specialists at Stern Mold for a free mold treatment quote. If you already have a quote from a reputable NJ mold removal company, we will beat their price by 20 percent.

CDC States Mold Is a Cause of Occupational Respiratory Disease

Don't Let Mold Cost Your Business More Than it Should.

Don’t Let Mold Cost Your Business More Than it Should.

If your workplace shows signs of persistent dampness, such as condensation on walls, dripping pipes, or rooms that always feel humid or clammy, you should get an inspection from an NYC mold removal expert.

In any kind of office or workplace, mold and dampness can go unnoticed for an extended period of time. Occupational respiratory disease can affect janitors, office workers, school teachers, and anybody else spending time in the building.

The CDC classifies mold as a known cause of occupational respiratory diseases, including:

– Asthma aggravation

– Bronchitis

– Pneumonitis

– Aspergillosis

– And other respiratory infections

Mold and Dampness Issues

As an NYC mold removal company, we field lots of calls from building managers after a flood or burst pipe has caused obvious water damage. However, all it takes is dampness to provide enough moisture for mold to grow.

The CDC advises to be aware of dampness sources such as faulty air conditioner drains, wet wall insulation, or drainage issues that cause a damp basement.

Mold only needs water and food to live (sunlight is not necessary). The mold life cycle even allows it to sit dormant for years. In other words, even occasional dampness can activate spores to create recurring mold infestations.

NYC Mold Removal to Protect Worker Health

No business wants to lose good workers due to mold illnesses, nor incur the costs of a compensation claim. Be on the lookout in damp buildings or offices where multiple employees frequently seem to cough, wheeze, or get a runny nose.

Contact Stern Mold to get a free inspection and quote for NYC mold removal to prevent occupational respiratory disease and enjoy an affordable, minimally invasive treatment process.

EPA Offers Tips on Mold Cleanup After a Flooding Incident

What Can You Do About Mold? Find Out

What Can You Do About Mold? Find Out

Mold and water damage go hand-in-hand because mold spores are just waiting for moisture to activate them. Flooding and plumbing leaks make it extremely difficult to dry out the area enough to stop the growth.

If you are considering NYC mold removal options, start with these EPA tips for mold cleanup and contact Stern Mold if you determine you need a professional mold cleanup service.

NYC Mold Removal for Businesses & Commercial Properties

The EPA has found that mold health problems pose a serious risk to workers after a flood has caused mold and water damage. Highlights from their guidance:

– Eliminating moisture is most important

– Any workers near mold damage should use N95 or stronger respirator masks, goggles, boots, and gloves

– Mold damage covering over 30 square feet should be secured with plastic sheeting during cleanup

– Use fans, dehumidifiers, and open windows for exhaust and drying

Home and Apartment Mold Cleanup

Children, seniors, and anyone with a weakened immune system face heightened risks of mold illnesses.

Paint or caulk will not stop mold. Laundry and HVAC appliances also have hiding places for mold spores to continue growing.

Landlords and homeowners should quickly bring in professional mold removal services for residential buildings affected by mold and water damage.

The Takeaway: Serious Water Damage Requires an NYC Mold Removal Service

If a mold problem spreads beyond one small surface, protect your family or employees by hiring NYC mold removal experts.

Stern Mold uses the proven and guaranteed MoldExterm system, which is faster and less expensive than traditional mold remediation. Contact us for a free inspection and estimate if you’ve experienced mold and water damage in the NYC area.

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