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Five Things the EPA Wants You To Know About Mold – Part One

Mold Information from the EPA

Mold Information from the EPA

Awareness about the need for Manhattan mold removal has grown, but how do you separate fact from fiction? Let the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) remove some of the confusion with this informative list of things you should know about mold.

Five Facts About Interior Mold

1. With mold spores constantly circulating throughout indoor air, it’s impossible to eliminate all exposure. Moisture is the key element for mold growth, so the practical solution is to limit its development by controlling high humidity levels, leaky pipes and other sources of interior dampness.

2. Mold remediation is a two-step process. You must clean up all all visible signs of infestation and reduce excess moisture.

3. If you find any leaks or flooding in your home or building, repair the problem immediately.

4. Poor air circulation can lead to excessive levels of humidity.

Ways to control humidity include:

* Installing proper ventilation for bathrooms, clothes dryers and other sources of moisture

* Regular use of air conditioners and dehumidifiers

* Using exhaust fans in the kitchen

5. Prolonged exposure to mold carries a health risk, especially for children, the elderly and people with pre-existing respiratory or immune conditions. Primary symptoms are upper respiratory allergic reactions such as sneezing, coughing and irritated eyes.

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What the EPA Wants You to Know About Indoor Air Quality

Prevent Illness with NYC Mold Experts

Prevent Illness with NYC Mold Experts

Do you assume the air you breathe in your home or office is clean? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explains the effects of common indoor air pollutants and why NYC mold removal and other methods of control are essential.

What Is Indoor Air Quality?

Indoor air quality, or IAQ, is a measure of pollutants found in the air inside and surrounding buildings. IAQ is determined primarily from the perspective of factors affecting health and comfort of occupants.

Effects of Exposure to Indoor Air Pollutants

Short-term effects of exposure to pollutants include upper respiratory symptoms such as irritated eyes, runny nose and scratchy throat. Some people may also experience headaches, dizziness and fatigue. Severity of effects is often in proportion to a person’s vulnerability to allergies.

Years of exposure can cause more troubling effects, especially in the elderly or people with pre-existing lung or immune system conditions. Unfortunately, absence of symptoms doesn’t guarantee that a home or building is “clean.”

How Mold Impacts IAQ

Mold spores travel through the air into the respiratory system. Symptoms of exposure to mold and other pollutants are similar to those of colds and other viral conditions. If symptoms diminish or disappear during periods away from a building, that’s a reasonable indication that pollutants are the cause.

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Studies are unclear as to the amount of exposure that constitutes dangerous levels, so don’t take any chances. Contact Stern Mold to schedule a free mold inspection.

Top Mold Questions Answered Part Two

Top Mold Questions Answered

Top Mold Questions Answered

Over the last few years, numerous stories about mold and its effects have made the rounds. How do you separate fact from fiction? This is the second in a series of blog posts in which our Manhattan mold removal experts clear up the confusion with answers to your top mold questions.

1. What’s the difference between mold and mildew?

Mildew and mold are both types of fungus. Mildew is a flat growth species, generally white or gray in color, that develops on shower walls, windowsills and other moisture points. Mold is made up of microscopic filaments known as hyphae. It can be black or green in appearance and grows on organic materials such as wood, fabric and paper as well as building walls, ceilings and floors.

2. What does mold smell like?

Mold produces a substance called microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs). When these compounds are released into the air, they generate the powerful musty smell associated with mold.

3. Is it necessary to sample or test for mold?

There are no federal standards defining what constitutes unacceptable mold levels. Removal should be done whenever there are visible signs of mold growth. Unfortunately, mold infestations don’t always develop in plain sight. Have Stern Mold’s experienced technicians conduct an inspection if you suspect hidden mold.

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What Your Property Buyers Need to Know About Your Mold Issues

Detect Mold Before Putting Your Home on the Market

Detect Mold Before Putting Your Home on the Market

In recent years, the public has become more aware of the dangers of internal mold. If you’re selling a home, a mold infestation can seriously reduce the possibility of selling the house for your asking price, or even finding a buyer. Our NYC mold removal experts explain how to address mold issues with prospective buyers.

How Mold Affects a Home

When microscopic mold spores are inhaled, they irritate linings in the nose, throat and lungs, resulting in upper respiratory symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and watery eyes. Some species known as black mold carry toxins that can also cause health problems.

People with allergies or existing respiratory conditions are the most susceptible to the health effects of mold. However, people aren’t willing to take the risk of knowingly moving into a home with a mold problem.

Can You Sell a Home with Mold?

There are several steps you can take to prevent a mold issue from hindering the sale of your home:

• Be proactive in dealing with mold issues before putting your home on the market.

• Carefully examine your home from top to bottom. In addition to visual signs of mold, check for musty smells.

• Immediately repair any leaks or water damage.

• Document anything related to mold inspection and treatment, including repairs and testing.

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How Can You Prevent Mold Growing Moisture in Your Indoor Environment?

Keep Your Indoor Environment Safe and Mold-Free

Keep Your Indoor Environment Safe

Mold needs several things to survive, but there’s only one that you can feasibly get rid of: moisture. After conducting Manhattan mold removal, we recommend taking ongoing action to prevent indoor moisture.

You don’t need a plumbing leak or standing water in the basement for a mold problem to grow. Excess humidity and condensation can also feed the mold spores.

EPA Recommends Moisture Prevention for Mold

According to the EPA, you can avoid mold growth by keeping relative humidity below 50% and ensuring proper ventilation and drainage.

Look out for any source of moisture that could be contributing to mold, such as:

• HVAC drainage: Check the condensate drain lines. Remove any blockage and ensure the line can drain properly.

• Bathroom ventilation: Use exhaust fans that vent outdoors or open windows when showering.

• Water around pipes: Repair plumbing leaks and insulate cold water lines to stop condensation from dripping.

• Windows and gutters: Keep window sills dry and open windows when weather permits. Inspect and clean rain gutters and drainage systems regularly.

Will a Dehumidifier Help with Mold?

Yes, a dehumidifier can keep humidity levels below the typical threshold for mold growth. Our Manhattan mold removal team can install a dehumidifier for an ongoing solution.

Even with a dehumidifier, leaks and other significant moisture sources still need to be addressed. And the dehumidifier will not kill mold spores already present. An indoor mold assessment can help identify all problem areas.

If you’re tackling a mold problem at an NYC building or want to keep mold from coming back, talk to Stern Mold about our non-invasive and highly affordable Manhattan mold removal service.

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