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Leaks in Library and Mold Found in Basement Cause Building Closure

Leaks in Library and Mold Found in Basement Cause Building Closure

Leaks in Library and Mold Found in Basement Cause Building Closure

Staying quiet at the library can be difficult when there’s a major leak problem and mold is growing throughout the building. That’s the case at two public libraries in Jackson, Mississippi, which are facing temporary closures.

The leaks had gotten so bad that staff members relied on dozens of buckets to collect dripping water throughout the library.

In addition to the daily hassle of emptying buckets, staff and visitors had to worry about health risks due to mold. Although the mold was primarily found in the basement, it had spread to the air ducts where it affected everyone in the building.

Children and the elderly are especially prone to mold-related respiratory problems, making a public library an unfortunate place to have an infestation.

Jackson officials tried to remedy the mold problem two years prior. They used standard mold remediation that merely kills the active mold but does not prevent a future outbreak.

If they had used MoldExterm, the two-part mold removal process we use at Stern Mold, the basement’s surfaces could have been sealed off to stop mold spores from reactivating ever again.

Prevent Disaster with NJ Mold Removal

Mold needs very little to grow. A water source such as a roof leak is all mold spores need to activate. That’s why it’s important to look for signs of mold and get a free inspection to be safe. It’s also why our NJ mold removal service finishes the job with a patented polymer seal to stop mold in its tracks, and without the need for ripping out building materials.

For more info on Stern Mold NJ mold removal services, please call or contact us today.

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Public Housing Apartments To Be Air Tested for Mold Spores

Don't Let Mold Problems Give You a Headache, Get Treatment Now

Don’t Let Mold Problems Give You a Headache, Get Treatment Now.

In a nightmare scenario for both tenants and the building owner, residents of an apartment complex in Toledo have recently been told to evacuate indefinitely for mold testing and treatment. The residents are using vouchers to subsidize their rent, and the local housing authority that usually provides the vouchers pulled their funding due to the many mold complaints.

This situation could easily happen in New Jersey, as well. Ultimately, the tenants are moving because the vouchers come from federal dollars—and federal guidelines for mold in public housing are very strict.

Landlords: First in Line to Solve Mold Complaints

After the drawn-out legal battle with NYCHA mold problems a few years ago and a series of notable apartment mold problems across the country, it’s clear that judges and regulators are cracking down on mold treatment.

Property owners should be prudent and call for NJ mold removal when tenants report mold. As is typical, the issue went untreated in a few units and spiraled into a building-wide problem.

The Convenient Solution for NJ Mold Removal

Safe to say, it’s cheaper and easier to bring in a NJ mold removal company than to face the headache, bad press, and income loss from something like a forced eviction.

Many property owners ignore mold complaints at first to give the tenant time to clean it themselves and out of fear that mold remediation will be costly and disruptive.

At Stern Mold, we can treat mold and prevent future problems without the need to open walls or relocate tenants. Contact us to schedule a free inspection and find out more about our MoldExterm system for NJ mold removal.

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FEMA: Tips on Treating Mold in a Flooded Home

FEMA: Tips on Treating Mold in a Flooded Home

FEMA: Tips on Treating Mold in a Flooded Home

When it comes to NY mold removal and keeping you informed about it, Stern Mold has you covered.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has put out a comprehensive guide for mold in your flood-damaged home and what to do about it. You can read what they say by clicking on the FEMA link, and we will summarize some of the tips and advice that they provided in their guide. Some of the most important things to know are:

Mildew and molds grow on wood products, ceiling tiles, cardboard, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, fabric, plants, foods, insulation, decaying leaves and other organic materials.

• Mold growths, or colonies, can start to grow on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours.

How to Get Rid of Mold

• Turn off main power if wiring is wet or moldy.

• Use fans and dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture unless mold has already started to grow.

• Remove all wet items such as furniture, rugs, bedding, toys, and carpeting.

• Wash items such as metal, glass, solid wood, plastic, and other non-porous materials with a non-ammonia detergent and hot water.

• Disinfect all cleaned surfaces with a 10% bleach solution. Let the solution stay on the surface for at least 10 minutes before rinsing with clear water and allowing to dry.

These are just some of the tips from FEMA about mold and mold removal after a flood. You can read the entire post or call us at Stern Mold for answers to all of your questions, or to schedule a free mold inspection. We are proud to be your NY mold removal expert, serving NY for over 20 years.

 

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Could You Be Suffering From Toxic Mold Exposure?

The Presence of Mold Can Seriously Impact Your Health

Mold Exposure

Your NYC mold removal specialists want you to stay informed about toxic mold, and here is something interesting to think about. Toxic mold exposure.

What is Toxic Mold Exposure Like?

Unfortunately, toxic mold exposure resembles several other respiratory problems like allergies, colds, sinus infections, asthma and others. That’s why it may be one of the more difficult illnesses to diagnose.

Some of the signs might be:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Sinus problems
  • Fatigue
  • Red eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Tears
  • Lightheadedness
  • Headaches
  • Light sensitivity

Those symptoms are some of the most common results of toxic mold exposure, but as you can see, they are also symptoms of various kinds of upper respiratory illnesses as well.

There are other ways to tell, and here are a few:

  • Has your building or home been recently flooded?
  • Are you being exposed to musty air?
  • Is there noticeable water damage in any room, particularly the bathroom and/or laundry room?
  • Do your symptoms worsen on days with rain?
  • Are you getting treatment from a doctor for an upper respiratory illness, but it never seems to go away?
  • Do you have skin rashes for no apparent reason?

Once again, these are potentially common problems with various types of respiratory illnesses, but if you are experiencing symptoms and problems from both of these lists at the same time, you could be suffering from toxic mold exposure.

If you see any black mold in your house, home or apartment, or you are experiencing upper respiratory problems that never seem to go away, call your NYC mold removal specialist, Stern Mold, for a free mold inspection. Serving the NY and NJ areas for nearly 25 years.

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Crawl Spaces – the Hidden Space Mold Loves

Mold Spores Found in a Crawl Space

Mold Spores Found in a Crawl Space

Crawl spaces turn into mold incubators whenever spores are present and the relative humidity goes above 50%. Mold does not need much warmth or sunlight to grow.

Give it some water and food — any kind of wood or paper serves as food for mold — and suddenly you’ll have a mold infestation on and around the building’s structure, and spreading fast.

Moisture enters crawl spaces in several ways:

  • Plumbing leaks
  • Crawl space vents allow moist air in
  • Moisture evaporates from the ground below and gets trapped
  • Rainwater drainage problems cause pooled water

If you think you have mold under your building, get a free inspection for NYC mold remediation so you know. As the EPA points out, toxic mold can be any color (not just black) and can cause health problems even when dead or inactive.

How to Remediate Mold in a Crawl Space

For starters, find the water source first. Major problems like plumbing leaks should be repaired to stifle the mold growth conditions.

Once a leak or standing water issue has been fixed, you’ll still need an NYC mold remediation service to assess conditions and prevent mold. Relative humidity tends to be higher in a cool crawl space, so mold spores can regrow with only a small amount of moisture present.

Fortunately, it’s now possible to treat crawl space mold without needing to rip out everything and rebuild. Stern Mold uses bio remedial mold treatment consisting of antimicrobials and a polymer seal that ensure mold colonies are destroyed and prevented from coming back.

Our NYC mold remediation service comes with a guarantee. Call 888-887-8376 or contact us online for a free inspection and quote.

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