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Black Mold in Air Conditioning Unit Makes Woman Ill

Black Mold in Air Conditioning Unit Makes Woman Ill

Black Mold in Air Conditioning Unit Makes Woman Ill

If the science surrounding mold health issues has not made the problem clear enough, consider how a real person’s life can be turned upside down by toxic mold. In a Jacksonville apartment complex, one woman battled illness for months and eventually left her home behind when the management company did not pay for mold clean-up.

Shelby Nettles told reporters that persistent apartment mold problems gave her swelling, allergic reactions, and respiratory problems. She had racked up bills from repeated doctor’s visits.

This situation is a prime example of how many landlords handle mold problems less than ideally:

• The tenant falls ill or has worsening respiratory symptoms, unaware of the mold

• Mold gets discovered in the apartment, often in places such as the kitchen, laundry room, or air conditioning unit

• The landlord responds slowly or not at all

• Local media coverage tells the tenant’s story and calls out the management company

• Ultimately, the landlord pays the tenant’s health bills, refunds rent, or loses the occupancy

Property managers—how does your company respond to mold reports? Many are afraid of costly mold remediation and putting up tenants in hotels. But the problem gets worse without acting.

Our NYC mold removal process is cheap, fast, and minimally invasive. No need to tear out drywall; our MoldExterm system kills mold fungus and bacteria, then we apply a polymer sealant so spores cannot regenerate.

Landlords, renters, co-op owners, and condo residents should be aware of Stern Mold’s NYC mold removal service. Consider MoldExterm to be a tiny fraction of the cost as the smeared reputation and lost tenants that come with inaction. Contact us today for a free inspection and estimate.

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Public Housing Apartments To Be Air Tested for Mold Spores

Don't Let Mold Problems Give You a Headache, Get Treatment Now

Don’t Let Mold Problems Give You a Headache, Get Treatment Now.

In a nightmare scenario for both tenants and the building owner, residents of an apartment complex in Toledo have recently been told to evacuate indefinitely for mold testing and treatment. The residents are using vouchers to subsidize their rent, and the local housing authority that usually provides the vouchers pulled their funding due to the many mold complaints.

This situation could easily happen in New Jersey, as well. Ultimately, the tenants are moving because the vouchers come from federal dollars—and federal guidelines for mold in public housing are very strict.

Landlords: First in Line to Solve Mold Complaints

After the drawn-out legal battle with NYCHA mold problems a few years ago and a series of notable apartment mold problems across the country, it’s clear that judges and regulators are cracking down on mold treatment.

Property owners should be prudent and call for NJ mold removal when tenants report mold. As is typical, the issue went untreated in a few units and spiraled into a building-wide problem.

The Convenient Solution for NJ Mold Removal

Safe to say, it’s cheaper and easier to bring in a NJ mold removal company than to face the headache, bad press, and income loss from something like a forced eviction.

Many property owners ignore mold complaints at first to give the tenant time to clean it themselves and out of fear that mold remediation will be costly and disruptive.

At Stern Mold, we can treat mold and prevent future problems without the need to open walls or relocate tenants. Contact us to schedule a free inspection and find out more about our MoldExterm system for NJ mold removal.

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Learn About Mold: The Mold Life Cycle

Mold is Dangerous Be Prepared

Mold is Dangerous Be Prepared

The circle of life can be a beautiful thing, but not when it comes to mold colonies. The mold life cycle can be fascinating on a scientific level, but on the gut level, it’s just gross.

Understanding its life cycle helps shine light on why a scientifically-proven NYC mold removal service is necessary to break that cycle down.

The Life Cycle of Mold

Moisture, nutrients, and oxygen set the stage for the mold life cycle to begin. The cycle can be put on pause for years, then restarted when the spores find hospitable conditions again.

The first life stage of mold begins with a tiny filament called a hypha. Hyphae cells go unnoticed by the naked eye. They feed on wood, paper, food, or whatever organic matter they have found.

Matured hyphae then grow larger structures called mycelium, the hairy or fuzzy part of mold that you see. Mycelia extend into the air so their spores can easily spread.

Spores are the asexual reproductive parts of mold—essentially seeds that can grow new hyphae cells and start the process over again whenever the conditions are favorable.

Break the Cycle with NYC Mold Removal

Routine cleaning does not stop mold. If you spray a multi-purpose cleaner or even douse bleach on the mold spot, you might kill most of the mold but some hyphae and spores will remain.

That’s why our NYC mold removal process includes two steps: killing the fungus with an EPA-registered cleaning agent, then applying a polymer seal to create a lasting barrier.

Stern Mold’s NYC mold removal service is surprisingly affordable, fast, easy, and safe. Contact us today for a free mold inspection.

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Truth or Fiction: Should I Be Worried About Mold?

Not All Mold Needs Treatment, Get a Free Inspection

Not All Mold Needs Treatment, Get a Free Inspection

The way late-night local news and personal injury attorneys describe it, you might have the impression that mold carries enormous, fatal health risks for everybody. That’s not exactly true.

On the one hand, landlords and businesses should worry about mold-related lawsuits. On the other, people can relax—just a bit—knowing that many horror stories about mold are exaggerated.

Mold often triggers painful symptoms in people with respiratory problems. Breathing in too much mold can even hurt healthy people. More commonly, mold damages property when left untreated.

Common Myths About Mold

Gailen Marshall of UT Medical School recently delineated some of the facts and fiction about mold:

• Various types of mold exist everywhere, inside and outside our homes

• Mold has not been proven to cause brain damage

• You should not pay for a mold test (we offer a free inspection for peace of mind)

• Most mold problems do not have to turn your life upside down (Stern Mold can kill mold without ripping out drywall!)

• People with allergies, asthma, and compromised immune systems are the most likely to experience mold health problems

The Best Way to Treat Mold

At Stern Mold, we don’t like to use fear-mongering to sell our NJ mold removal service. The truth about mold is bad enough.

Untreated mold causes serious property damage and can cause or exacerbate lung diseases and breathing problems.

What you might not know is that NJ mold removal has gotten cheap and fast. Stern Mold’s scientifically advanced system kills mold and seals surfaces so that the spores never grow back.

Think you have mold or mold-related health symptoms? Contact Stern Mold or call 888-887-8376 for a free inspection.

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Tips for Suing Your Landlord for a Mold Infestation

Mold Spores Stay in the Air Causing Health Problems

Mold Spores Stay in the Air Causing Health Problems

Researchers have linked mold to a number of physical and cognitive health problems. If you or a family member sustains a serious impairment related to mold exposure in a leased house or apartment, how do you go about getting the compensation you deserve?

Suing a Landlord for Mold-Related Problems

If you suffer mold-related damages, the first step is to get evidence of the presence of mold and its level of toxicity. This information will be submitted by your lawyer during the discovery phase of the lawsuit, when each side gets to see and review facts that will be presented by the opponent.

Lawyers have different specialties and areas of expertise, so you should obtain the services of one who is familiar with mold cases. Nolo, a website offering legal information to consumers, has a directory of lawyers that can be searched by experience, fees, and geographic area.

You will definitely need representation if your damages are substantial, but if they run less than $10,000 you can handle the case yourself in small claims court. Confirm the limits in your state before proceeding. You may also be required to first send a demand letter to your landlord as a condition of filing.

Will Insurance Cover Mold-Related Expenses?

Depending on your policy, renters’ insurance may cover damages to possessions with either replacement or repair costs. If your health insurance doesn’t cover your medical bills, you’ll need to file suit against your landlord to recover.

Stern Mold: Providing Top NY Mold Removal Service Since 1995

Do you need NY mold removal for your home or business? Contact us to schedule a free mold inspection by our experienced technicians.

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