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What Does Mold Smell Like?

Identification Is the First Step to Solving Your Mold Problem. Next Step, Call Stern.

Identification Is the First Step to Solving Your Mold Problem. Next Step, Call Stern.

Is your home starting to smell like a locker room? Chances are it has nothing to do with your laundry habits. Mold smell is a distinctive odor that shouldn’t be ignored.

Identifying Mold Smell

A moldy or musty smell usually indicates the presence of mold or mildew. It’s an earthy, damp odor similar to what you might experience walking through a forest or opening a summer home that’s been closed up for months.

Difference Between Mold and Mildew

• Mildew is a powdery substance that appears on the surface of plant materials such as flowers or produce.

• Mold has a thicker appearance and penetrates more deeply into the surface on which it’s colonized. While mold can also appear on plant matter, it’s often found on walls and ceilings as well as materials such as books, carpets and clothing.

• A musty smell is less intense than a moldy smell, but it can become magnified without immediate treatment.

Preventing Mold Smell

• Watch for excess moisture, such as high humidity levels or water leaks.

• In case of leaks or floods, immediately dry the affected areas thoroughly. It can take only 48 hours for mold to begin forming in damp spots.

• Regardless of the cause, don’t ignore a mold smell. Untreated mold infestations can lead to serious structural damages, and once the odor seeps in, it’s difficult to eliminate.

Effective and Eco-Friendly Mold Removal in NJ and NYC

Despite the smell, a mold infestation may not be visible. Our professional technicians will conduct a free mold inspection, and our proprietary MoldExterm process is thorough, non-invasive and cost-effective.

Contact Stern Mold today to schedule a free mold inspection.

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What Do Mold Spores Look Like?

If You're Allergic to Mold, Knowing What Mold Smells Like can Save you an Allergic Reaction.

If You’re Allergic to Mold, Knowing What Mold Smells Like can Save you an Allergic Reaction.

There are well over 1,000 different types of mold. It can grow anywhere that it has moisture, food, and the right temperature. This fungus is so common that you may take it for granted when you see it under a sink or growing along the exposed floor joists in your basement or crawl space. Don’t ignore mold.

Mold spores

Mold spreads and reproduces via spores. These spores are tiny; three to 40 microns. That is too small to be seen with the naked eye. These tiny spores easily become airborne and cause allergic reactions in some people. A 2004 study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found evidence that exposure to indoor mold could cause respiratory illnesses in otherwise healthy children.

Dangers of mold spores

Since mold often grows in out of the way places and the spores are too tiny to be seen, mold can thrive and cause health issues for building occupants without them realizing the source. Spores may cause eye irritation, sore throat, headaches, skin irritations, or other symptoms that compromise a person’s quality of life and later lead to more serious illness. Unless a doctor specializes in mold-related illness, they may give an incorrect diagnosis that leads to ongoing suffering and frustration.

The best solution

A report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that as many as 50% of all U.S. buildings have water damage or moisture conditions that could lead to mold growth and illness from mold spores. The experts at Stern Mold have more than 20 years experience effectively treating mold and protecting properties from future mold problems. Contact us today for a free inspection and consultation.

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What is a Mold Remediator and Why Should You Use One?

NORMI Certified

NORMI Certified

Mold is a common problem that can affect any home or business. Much like common medical conditions, if not treated properly, it can result in serious long-term problems. There are many different types of mold and some are known to be highly toxic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exposure to mold can cause asthma in some children and breathing problems in otherwise healthy adults. If you suspect you have mold, don’t take any chances with the health of your loved ones, employees, or customers. Consult a mold expert.

NYC mold remediator

The National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI) works to protect the public by certifying mold inspectors, remediators, and environmental professionals with high-quality training. Not all home inspectors are NORMI certified and not all contractors who offer mold remediation services are actually qualified to do so.

Thoroughly inspecting for the presence of mold and effectively eliminating it should only be done by mold experts who are knowledgeable about mold and have years of experience. Be sure any mold professional you hire is a NORMI certified mold inspector and NYC mold remediator.

Remediation vs. treatment

Traditional mold remediation methods are costly and can disrupt a business or household for weeks while walls are torn out and replaced. The MoldExterm treatment method eliminates the mold problem rather than just masking symptoms. It is quicker, safer, and more effective than traditional methods.

Stern Mold has been serving commercial and residential customers in Long Island, New Jersey, and New York City for more than 20 years. Contact us today for a free inspection and consultation on our guaranteed mold extermination treatment.

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What is a Mold Assessor and Why Should You Use One?

NORMI Certified

NORMI Certified

Mold spores affect people differently. People with severe allergies or a compromised immune system can develop serious health problems from mold exposure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that otherwise healthy people who are exposed to mold can develop a cough and upper respiratory tract problems. Mold exposure may lead to asthma in some children.

A NYC mold assessor

A Certified Mold Assessor (CMA) is a person who has completed extensive training in mold assessment. They are fully licensed and insured by the state in which they practice. There are no established standards for judging what is a safe level or tolerable amount of mold spores for a living area. There are many (possibly thousands) different types of mold and some or more toxic than others.

The best method of determining if your home has mold and what type of mold it has is with a thorough professional inspection by a CMA and a lab analysis of the sample. Home inspectors are typically not mold experts. Having a NYC mold assessor inspect a home prior to purchase can save you a lot of money later in medical bills and mold remediation costs.

You may have heard horror stories of expensive homes having to be completely destroyed due to mold. Those instances are extremely rare. Perhaps you have seen homes with the walls being torn out by workers wearing hazmat suits. That extreme is typically not necessary either to thoroughly eliminate a mold problem. The MoldExterm method used by Stern Mold is a much safer, effective, and economical option. Contact us today for more details.

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Tips on Preparing for Your NYC Mold Inspection

Tips on Preparing for Your NYC Mold Inspection

Tips on Preparing for Your NYC Mold Inspection

If you suspect mold, there’s no harm in requesting a free NYC mold inspection to be certain. In the meantime, protect yourself by staying away from the mold and closing off those rooms, if possible.

Can I Clean Before My NYC Mold Inspection?

We can find mold even after you have wiped up the most visible spots. However, you should stop cleaning and wait for the professionals to arrive.

We ask that you stop cleaning for several reasons:

• DIY cleaning can actually kick up mold spores into the air, spreading the problem.

• It may not be safe for your respiratory health to clean mold yourself.

• Our mold inspector can find hidden mold, but it’s helpful for us to see the full state of the problem when we arrive.

What to Do with the Mold Problem Area

The best way to prepare a site for mold inspection? Leave it alone and seal it off. Mold thrives and spreads when it has moisture and airflow. Close air vents and seal doors and windows with plastic wrap to prevent further mold growth.

Also, try not to remove items from the infected areas. Objects likely have mold spores on them, so you don’t want to transfer them elsewhere in the building.

A Free NYC Mold Inspection—With Faster, Better Mold Treatment!

Stern Mold uses a more efficient method than traditional mold remediation. We don’t tear out walls, so you can avoid remodeling. We use a powerful polymer that contains silver, a natural antimicrobial. Then we seal surfaces with a barrier that prevents mold from growing back.

Get started now by requesting a free NYC mold inspection today!

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