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What to Know About MoldExterm

Keep Your Business Mold-Free with Stern Mold

Keep Your Home or Office Mold-Free with Stern Mold

Do you believe NYC mold removal is still a costly, invasive and time-consuming process? Thanks to our innovative and proprietary MoldExterm program, traditional remediation is a thing of the past. Here’s what you need to know about MoldExterm and how it’s revolutionized mold removal.

What Is Bio Remedial Treatment?

Biological, or bio, remediation uses natural bioorganisms or plants to detoxify and remove harmful compounds from the environment. In the case of MoldExterm, quaternary salt is the active substance in our eco-friendly mold removal process.

The MoldExterm Difference

While conventional remediation programs focus on simply removing affected surfaces, MoldExterm addresses the conditions that promote development of mold. After cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing surfaces with an EPA-registered anti-microbial solution, a polymer sealer is applied as a barrier against future mold infestations. Finally, a professional-grade dehumidifier is installed to control moisture, the key factor in mold growth.

Father of MoldExterm

The origin of MoldExterm lies with advanced technology developed by Dr. Leonard Pinchuk, holder of more than 80 patents including the angioplasty balloon catheter used to fight cardiovascular disease. Dr. Pinchuk created MoldExterm’s bio-stable polymer, which is also safe enough for use in coronary stents designed to release drugs in the blood systems of cardiovascular patients.

Choose MoldExterm for Your NYC Mold Removal Needs

Don’t put up with outdated remediation methods that may end up making mold problems worse. Contact Stern Mold to schedule a free mold inspection and learn more about why MoldExterm is the modern answer for NYC mold removal.

Tips on Fixing Your Indoor Air Quality

Poor Air Quality Due to Mold Could Be Affecting Your Health

Poor Air Quality Due to Mold Could Be Affecting Your Health

The air you breathe inside your home can have an impact on your health. Poor indoor air quality from mold, pollen and other allergens and pollutants can cause respiratory stress and related health problems. The following tips can help you improve your indoor air quality.

Maintain Healthy Humidity Levels

Too much humidity in your home can increase your risk of needing Manhattan mold removal services. High humidity provides mold with the right environment to grow and thrive. Lower humidity helps reduce the risk of mold and mildew growth inside your home. You can control humidity by using a dehumidifier and running the exhaust fan in your bathroom while showering or bathing.

Change Your Air Filter

Changing your home’s air filter in your HVAC system can also help lower the risk of having mold, dust and other allergens spread throughout your home. These filters trap mold spores and stop them from getting through your ducts and vents. Over time, air filters can harbor mold and other particles that lower indoor air quality, so it’s important to replace them regularly.

Clean Your Ductwork

You could have mold growing in your ducts or a buildup of dust and other particles that make the air in your home unhealthy. Have your ducts inspected and cleaned as needed to prevent these indoor allergens and pollutants from lowering your indoor air quality.

If you need Manhattan mold removal for your home, please contact Stern Mold today to learn more about our services.

Dehumidifiers and Mold Control – What to Know

What Does Humidity Have to Do With Mold?

What Does Humidity Have to Do With Mold? 

Mold is plentiful and common. One-in-three residential and commercial buildings offer an ideal environment for mold growth, making mold control measures such as dehumidifiers a popular addition. How much do dehumidifiers help in the mold prevention battle? The Manhattan mold removal experts offer this advice.

Low Relative Humidity Thwarts Mold Growth

Dehumidifiers work by pulling moisture from surrounding air. To prevent mold from growing and spreading, a RH humidity level at or below 50% is essential. However, a low RH won’t kill mold that has already grown.

What Happens to Existing Mold at Low RH?

Below 50% RH, mold remains dormant and does not spread. To get rid of it permanently, however, you must remove or destroy mold in addition to using a dehumidifier to keep RH low. 

Once mold has been treated, adding a dehumidifier after treatment will prevent future growth in susceptible environments.

Buyer Beware: Dehumidifiers Can Foster Mold Growth without Proper Care

Dehumidifiers are a great tool for preventing mold growth. However, they require regular cleaning, particularly portable models. The reservoir of portable models, which collects moisture pulled from the air, must be regularly emptied and cleaned per the manufacturer’s instructions to prevent mold and mildew growth in the tank. For this reason, some prefer whole house dehumidifying systems. Though higher in cost, this style of dehumidifier requires less maintenance, incorporating into your HVAC system and including a drainage system.

Don’t let mold problems grow on you. Contact the Manhattan mold removal services of Stern Mold today.

Levels of Mold Damage/Infestation Explained

Determine Your Mold Damage Level

Determine Your Mold Damage Level

Do you have a mold problem? How do mold experts determine the severity of the infestation? How do you? Thankfully, with the help of Stern Mold’s Manhattan mold removal team, you’ll be able to decipher the severity of your problem according to the specific mold damage levels experts look for.

It’s On the Level

Mold spores aren’t selective. If there are vulnerable materials nearby and high humidity, mold spores will multiply! Below is a brief description of each level and what characteristics differentiate between the levels:

Level 1 – Not So Bad

Level 1 is the least severe of the levels. Contaminated ceiling tile, baseboards and any affected surfaces that are under 10 square feet may not require professional remediation.

Level 2 – Warning Signs

A contaminated space that is 10 to 30 square feet is signaling you might have a plumbing issue or should troubleshoot your air conditioning system. Any infected material that you remove needs to be sealed before being moved. This helps to prevent mold spores from spreading to other areas. It may serve you well at this level to hire a Manhattan mold removal team for extra security.

Levels 3, 4 and 5 – Huge Red Flags

Any infested areas that are 30 square feet and larger should be remediated quickly. Stern Mold’s Manhattan mold removal professionals know that these levels can threaten the welfare of everyone in the vicinity. Contact Stern Mold as soon as possible to get an inspection. We help you eliminate the hazards that threaten you!

What to Know About Mold Spores to Protect Your Health

You Can Effectively Control Mold

You Can Effectively Control Mold and Their Spores

Mold inside homes and buildings has been recognized as a potential health risk, but mold itself is not the problem. The danger arises from microscopic mold spores entering your respiratory system. Here’s some important information from our Manhattan mold removal team about mold spores and their effect on your health.

What Are Mold Spores?

Spores are reproductive units of mold and other fungi as well as many species of plants such as ferns and algae. Mold spreads when spores circulate through the air and come to rest on a surface that provides the right elements for growth, moisture in particular.

Mold Spores and Your Health

Since mold spores are invisible to the naked eye, the simple act of breathing draws them into your respiratory system. Their minute size makes it possible for mold spores to easily evade the body’s filtering mechanisms that normally catch foreign substances.

In an effort to expel the irritating mold spores, your respiratory system produces common allergic reactions which may include sneezing, coughing and watery eyes. These symptoms can become more severe in people who already suffer from allergies or have a chronic respiratory illness such as asthma.

Fighting the Effects of Mold Spores

We are constantly surrounded by mold spores, indoors and outdoors, so they’re impossible to avoid. The best defense is minimizing dampness in your home or business to eliminate opportunities for mold to colonize.

Stern Mold: Your Top Choice for Effective Manhattan Mold Removal

Traditional mold remediation is invasive, time-consuming and costly. Our proprietary MoldExterm program requires no removal of materials and can usually be completed in one day. Contact us for all your Manhattan mold removal needs.

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