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Buying a Foreclosed Property? Be Careful with Possible Mold Cover-ups!

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When buying foreclosed property, it would be wonderful if buyers could trust that the home they are buying has been inspected for mold. It would be equally wonderful that if mold were found, it would be taken care of by NYC mold removal specialists.

The Moldy Cover-Up

Unfortunately, according to real estate agents and contractors, this isn’t always the case. The reality is that many homes affected with mold are being doctored up, so to speak, to hide the telltale signs of mold damage. This is deceitful on many levels.

In some instances, it can be purely a lack of knowledge and understanding about the health hazards associated with mold. In these cases, the moldy area may be painted over, or baseboards replaced, and everyone thinks that it’s OK.

Mold Symptoms

Mold can trigger different reactions such as irritated eyes, runny nose, seasonal allergies, and fatigue. Often, people misdiagnose the symptoms believing they may be coming down with a cold or the flu. Also, coming into contact with mold can cause the skin to become irritated. This is known as sporotrichosis.

What people can’t see are the tiny spores that travel through the air undetected. When inhaled, these spores can cause respiratory issues.

When you enter a room and smell a musty odor, that is the result of the mold producing volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can be dangerous to your health.

At Stern, our NYC mold removal experts are equipped with the latest method called MoldExterm. It’s a less expensive method and we back the service with a comprehensive guarantee. Contact us at your earliest convenience if you suspect mold has infiltrated your property.

A Snapshot of History – Mold Over Time

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Ancient humans had no idea that microorganisms exist, but that doesn’t mean they were clueless about the risks and dangers of mold. Long ago, people remediated mold problems much like the mold removal techniques we use in NYC buildings today. Thankfully, the technology and science have come a long way!

As detailed by mycologist Richard Progovitz in his book, there is a long history of mold around the world.

– Tomb raiders in ancient Egypt often became ill or died of respiratory problems. Hieroglyphics indicate the tombs had pungent air that likely contained toxic mold spores.

– The Book of Leviticus in the Old Testament describes a belief that mold-infected clothing and linens could cause illness. Priests were responsible for mold remediation, including cleaning the items and burning them if mold returned.

In short, people were concerned by mold long before they knew that fungi grew from microscopic mold spores. They knew that mold smells, damages property, and caused health problems.

The Modern Method of Mold Removal that NYC Trusts

We now understand that mold spores can be found everywhere, in the air and on surfaces. We also know that the most likely conditions for mold growth include moisture (from plumbing leaks or simply high humidity) and stagnant air (ventilation helps).

Proper mold clean-up is essential. Mold spores can regrow quickly if you don’t take care of the entire problem.

Stern Mold offers a guaranteed method of mold removal that NYC businesses, hotels, apartments, and other building owners trust for affordable, safe remediation. Our two-step sanitizing and sealing process kills mold spores and prevents reoccurrence.

Contact us for a FREE inspection by our mold removal NYC specialists.

What Types of Mold are Commonly Found in Commercial Buildings?

What Types of Mold are Commonly Found in Commercial Buildings?

What Types of Mold are Commonly Found in Commercial Buildings?

Is that just a bit of dirt and grime? Or is your commercial property in need of NJ mold removal services?

Be on the Lookout for These Five Dangerous Mold Species:

Powdery and olive-green to black, 70% of those with mold allergies react to Alternia. This mold is at its highest concentration during the summer, when wind carries spores indoors.

The second most common mold to infect humans, many commercial buildings are found to contain Aspergillus, whose spores are found in higher concentrations indoors than out. Yellow-green with a reddish-brown underside, it’s a toxic mold, capable of producing mycotoxins, and is known to cause serious health issues in humans and animals. This mold – and the diseases it induces – is so common that its diseases have their own name: Aspergillosis.

NJ mold removal experts see a lot of Cladosporium, which comes in many colors (olive-green, brown, grey, black) and grows at nearly any temperature – even cold storage. It’s known as a major trigger for asthma attacks.

Penicillium was named after the Latin word for ‘paintbrush,’ namely due to its ability to produce enormous quantities of greenish, bluish or yellowish spores. Though toxic, carefully cultured, it can be put to beneficial use in antibiotics.

Dark brown or black in color, Stachybotrys, or ‘black mold’ is slow to develop, but can overtake other types of mold that colonize before it. It is commonly found on cellulose (plant-based) materials like paper, wood, and cotton.

Don’t let your commercial space earn a reputation as a ‘sick building.’ Clear mold fast with the help of the NJ mold removal experts at Stern Mold today.

Tips to Killing Mold Growth in Winter

Tips to Killing Mold Growth in Winter

Tips to Killing Mold Growth in Winter

You might assume that you really don’t have to worry about mold growth in your home during the winter months. After all, it’s cold outside, it’s dry, and the environment really isn’t suitable for mold. The fact is that you probably keep your home nice and warm because the weather calls for it. That presents the perfect environment for mold to begin and grow strong. When it comes to mold removal in NYC, we have the inside scoop on this problem and what you can do to prevent it.

Preventing Mold in the Winter

There are several preventative measures you can take to guard your home against mold growth. These include:

– Keeping humidity levels below 40% in your home. You may want to be careful with using humidifiers.

– Clean and vacuum your home regularly.

– Know which areas of your home are likely to grow mold and check them regularly. This will ensure that you’re able to head off any potential problems.

– Don’t use wall to wall carpet in areas that are likely to produce mold.

– Don’t store books, clothing or paper in the humid areas of your home. They serve as a source of food for mold.

What if You Develop a Mold Problem Anyway?

Sometimes, no matter what you do, you’re going to experience a mold issue. When it comes to mold removal NYC professionals are here to help you. At Stern Mold, our treatments are designed to be quick and effective. We also offer a free inspection to assess how bad your mold problem might be.

The fact is that mold poses health risks for your family. Contact us today for quick assistance.

The EPA Weighs In on the Importance of Treating for Mold in Inside Environments

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Mold exposure often happens away from home, at school or work. When janitors face a mold problem that is too large to handle on their own, your organization needs an NYC mold removal service to wipe the slate clean.

The EPA recognizes mold as a potential public health hazard for several reasons. Those with asthma or mold allergies probably face the greatest risk, but some molds do have toxic effects that can sicken an otherwise healthy adult.

To better understand the importance of mold treatment and to decide if you should consult with NYC mold removal experts, we recommend the EPA mold remediation guide. Major takeaways include:

– Moisture control is paramount. Combine an NYC mold removal treatment that seals surfaces with proper ventilation and dehumidifiers for the best results.

– Mold doesn’t just grow on a surface. It slowly eats away at it. Remove mold quickly to prevent worsening property damage.

– There’s not just one type of “toxic mold.” Any mold might cause or worsen mold illnesses such as asthma or lung disease.

– Keep HVAC systems and appliances in clean, working order to prevent indoor moisture.

The Difficulty with Cleaning Mold in Commercial Buildings

Indoor mold problems can be tricky to clean because of persistent moisture, even in drywall. In NYC, many buildings struggle with roof leaks, basement humidity, and poorly vented appliances. Old construction techniques often sealed up walls and basements without adding a proper vapor barrier or ventilation system.

All these problems make it imperative to get NYC mold removal as soon as mold is found. Learn about our surprisingly affordable, scientifically advanced bio remedial mold treatment and contact us for a free inspection!

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