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Yikes – Mold Can Grow in Water and in Water Pipes

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Mold May Be Growing in Your Plumbing

NYC mold remediation specialists have seen all kinds of interesting things. Including mold in water pipes. Yes folks, lurking deep in the depths of your plumbing system, you may have a mold situation.

Could there be Mold in the Pipes at Your Home?

Mold needs 3 things to survive: Water, oxygen, and food. Luckily, most properly sealed and functioning water lines don’t have this grand trifecta. But some do. What puts your home’s water pipes at risk of mold infiltration?

How Mold Gets into Water Pipes

Those whose homes suffer mold issues often wonder why they were so unlucky, or what they did wrong. The truth is, mold is everywhere. Spores that are transported through the air can land in any location. And this includes improperly sealed pipes, such as a damaged or improperly sealed well cap. Once there, pending the right variables, your pipes could become contaminated by mold.

Factors that Encourage the Growth of Mold

Once inside your plumbing, mold can find a hospitable home in pipes with copious leaks, cracks, and air infiltration, which provide the oxygen necessary to survive. Some water sources themselves, including city water, are also high in oxygen. In homes with in-line filters and paper/cellulose filter cartridges, they find a copious food source, moving in to stay without careful treatment.

Ugh – There’s Mold in My Pipes – Now What?

To successfully clear mold from pipes, disinfection via shock chlorination or UV light may be necessary. The issues contributing to mold exposure, such as leaks/cracks, must also be addressed.

Unwanted visitor in your home? Kick mold out with the professional NYC mold remediation services of SternMold today.

Interesting Mold Trivia – What Can You Learn?

Interesting Mold Trivia - What Can You Learn?

Interesting Mold Trivia – What Can You Learn?

Schooled on Mold

Don’t let mold school you. How do you keep mold from putting a damper on your day? You find out the facts. Here are some trivial and not so trivial tidbits to keep you current on your mold knowledge-base and to stop mold from infiltrating your personal space.

– Mold has been linked to troubling ailments. Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, and even SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) have shown links to the presence of mold.

– Is mold a lethal weapon? It can be. Mycotoxins are produced by mold and can be used in warfare of the biological kind.

– Rashes, asthma symptoms, and sinus colds are linked to allergies triggered by mold. If a mold trivia question asks what you can do to combat mold allergic reactions, answer Vitamin D. Vitamin D supplements can help battle the symptoms.

– Are you looking to buy or sell a home? In NYC, mold remediation professionals complete a thorough inspection to identify any potential or current mold issues. These services save buyers and sellers time and money in the long run when participating in a transaction.

– Using bleach on mold-infested areas doesn’t always solve the mold problem. In fact, it can exacerbate the mold problem. That’s why it’s important to get in touch with Stern Mold professionals!

Getting Stern – with Mold

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Mildew or Mold – When to Call a Removal Firm or a Cleaner

Mildew or Mold - When to Call a Removal Firm or a Cleaner

Mildew or Mold – When to Call a Removal Firm or a Cleaner

If you are a property owner, you should be prepared to deal with mold. It is a common problem in both old and new buildings. Severe weather can create a moisture problem that quickly becomes a mold problem.

New buildings are constructed much tighter than older buildings. These tight buildings may hold in heat and cool air better but they also hold in the high humidity. The following are some tips on how to best handle an existing mold problem.

Mildew or Mold?

Mildew is the lesser evil of the two. It is typically white or a pale grey and easier to clean up than mold because it grows on the surface of damp areas like bathroom tiles. Wear proper gloves and begin your clean up effort with vinegar. Vinegar is not going to require ventilation and can be safely applied to practically any surface. Mildew is closely related to mold and may also trigger an allergic reaction in some people.

Mold? Call the experts

Mold likes to grow in out-of-the way places where you are not likely to disturb its progress. The warning signs of a problem can be subtle. Early symptoms of mold-related health problems are often misdiagnosed. A thorough mold inspection by a knowledgeable NJ mold removal expert is the best course of action if you think you have a mold problem.

If you are unsure of what to do, contact the mold experts at Stern Mold for a free inspection and consultation. Our affordable MoldExterm method can usually be completed in one day and without all the mess that comes with traditional NJ mold removal methods.

How to Identify Mold Versus Mildew – Part One

How to Identify Mold Versus Mildew

How to Identify Mold Versus Mildew

Any area of your home that comes in contact with moisture is susceptible to mold or mildew. This can be due to several reasons such as pipes that have burst, leaking pipe connections, a broken water line, and moisture-ridden areas such as a shower, sink drains, and around a washing machine.

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It can be confusing about which fungus is which since both cause discoloration. This is especially evident on drywall where splotches of color are clearly visible.

Both types of fungi can live indoors and thrive, which results in damage to affected areas as well as creating an unhealthy living environment.

Mold and Mildew Differences

Mold presents itself in patches or splotches of green, blue, gray, white, yellow or black. The pattern of the mold is irregular and the fungus penetrates beneath the host material. It may appear to have a fuzzy texture or it may seem slimy. Over time, the material it affects will usually rot.

Mildew remains on the surface of the material, is usually damp, and can be easily removed. Mildew presents itself with a fuzzy or powdery brown or yellow texture on plants and vegetables. Inside the home, think about damp towels in a laundry basket and you’ve created the perfect living conditions for mildew.

Regardless of which fungus has infiltrated your home, you need the help of professionals.

NJ mold removal just got a lot easier with the services available from Stern Mold. With proven techniques and solutions, our remediation process will leave your home environmentally healthy. Our team of specialists is standing by to get “Stern” with harmful unwanted fungus growing in your home. Call today!

Is It Mold or Mildew? Part Two

Is It Mold or Mildew?

Is It Mold or Mildew?

Like bed bugs, mold or mildew can be found anywhere. The fungus isn’t particular about where it grows whether it’s a home, condo, apartment, restaurant, or five-star resort. If moisture is present and unattended, mold and mildew will make its presence known with visible discoloration on walls, ceilings, under sinks, in laundry rooms, around doors and windows, and baseboards.

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If you have signs of discoloration but not sure what it is, a simple test will help solve the mystery. In most cases, carefully applying a drop or two of bleach on the affected area will produce the answer. Once the bleach is applied and allowed to sit for about five minutes, the affected area should turn in color. If it becomes lighter, that means mildew is present. If it remains dark, that means mold.

Mold, Mildew and Your Health

Neither mold nor mildew is healthy inside the home as both have aerial spores that are easily inhaled.

Mildew may cause reactions such as having a sore throat, headaches, respiratory problems, and coughing.

Mold causes the same reactions as mildew along with nasal congestion, allergic reactions, dizziness, inflamed and painful joints, extreme fatigue, and depression, to name just a few.

Due to the danger involved in dealing with mold, it’s recommended to use a professional service.

Manhattan mold removal is easily taken care of with help from Stern Mold. We have years of experience in the area of mold remediation and we have the technology and treatments to eliminate the problem. Get your home free and clear of potential health issues by scheduling an appointment for a free inspection at your earliest convenience.

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