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Mold – An Indoor Toxin that Needs Prompt Attention

Mold - An Indoor Toxin that Needs Prompt Attention

Mold – An Indoor Toxin that Needs Prompt Attention

No one wants mold in their home but unfortunately, our homes provide plenty of places for the toxin to hide. Finding the hiding spots and addressing issues is the first step in monitoring and maintaining a mold-free environment.

Mold and Health Issues

Mold is common and causes a variety of symptoms to those who come in contact with the spores. A few of the most common symptoms include:

– autoimmunity

– asthma

– fatigue

– hair loss

– headaches

– insomnia

– nausea

– weight loss

Places of Interest

One area in the home that can be a hotbed of activity for moisture is the bathroom. Humidity gathers in the room and creates the perfect environment for mold to grow. To help eliminate moisture and humidity, always run the fan to keep the room ventilated. If your bathroom doesn’t have a small exhaust fan, have one installed.

Do visual checks around sink pipes under the cabinets in the kitchen and vanity in the bathroom, as well as behind wallpaper exposed to humidity. Find the source and contact an NYC mold removal specialist to address the problem.

Another area to check is your car. If there are any openings where the seals lining the trunk or around windows have deteriorated or been damaged, water can seep in, accumulate in upholstery, and create that musty smell that is a sure sign of mold.

Water pipes leaking behind a wall and roof leaks will affect drywall, floors, and ceiling tiles where mold can grow and wreak havoc.

If you have a moldy situation, calling in professional NYC mold removal specialists from Stern Mold is recommended. We know how to treat mold safely. Call us today.

Could Mold be at the Root of Your Strange Symptoms? Part Two

Could Mold be at the Root of Your Strange Symptoms?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states there are currently no established standards for safe or unsafe levels of indoor mold spores. Regardless of where you live, you are at risk for exposure to indoor mold. Leaky plumbing, water intrusion, and high humidity can all lead to mold growth. Be informed about mold and your health.

Old and new buildings have mold

Commercial buildings, offices, and schools often have mold. Older buildings have higher maintenance costs and some needed roof repairs or plumbing issues may be neglected. If an issue with mold is noticed, building owners may attempt partial fixes or spotty treatment. They may think they are saving money by not calling a mold professional, but they are actually just allowing the mold to continue thriving. If the conditions conducive to mold growth remain, mold continues growing and spreading.

New homes and commercial buildings are built tighter than older buildings to hold in heat during the winter and maintain a comfortable temperature during summer. A tight building with high humidity and inadequate ventilation is the ideal environment for mold growth. People often do not suspect a newer building could have mold or indoor pollution, but it is a common occurrence.

Treating mold exposure

A doctor who specializes in mold related illnesses can advise you on available tests for identifying mold antigens in humans. The first step to treating mold-related illness is to avoid any further exposure to the indoor mold spores. The MoldExterm treatment method is guaranteed, affordable, and does not create a mess like traditional mold remediation methods. Contacts us today for more information and don’t take chances with mold and your health.

Could Mold be at the Root of Your Strange Symptoms? Part One

Could Mold be at the Root of Your Strange Symptoms?

Could Mold be at the Root of Your Strange Symptoms?

Many people visit their doctor every year with symptoms that are misdiagnosed. These people continue to suffer and get even sicker. For many of them, mold exposure is the cause of their problems. Even though indoor mold is a common issue, few doctors recognize the symptoms of mold-related illnesses and can advise you about mold and your health.

The top symptoms of mold-related illness

Mold spores affect people differently. People who are highly sensitive to mold spores will almost immediately begin to experience eye irritation, running nose, difficulty concentrating, and shortness of breath. The symptoms can easily be mistaken for an allergic reaction to pollen, dust, pet dander, or cigarette smoke.

People not highly sensitive to mold may develop symptoms over time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) report that ongoing exposure to high levels of indoor mold spores can lead to asthma and upper respiratory problems in previously healthy people. The symptoms of mold-related illness may manifest as feelings of fatigue, frequent headaches, flu-like symptoms, and stiffness in joints.

Get a professional mold inspection

Mold spores are too small to be seen with the human eye and are inhaled deeply into the lungs. There are well over 100,000 different types of mold. Some molds secrete mycotoxins that can lead to serious health problems like immune dysfunction, neurological issues, cognitive decline, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.

The MoldExterm method is a quick, affordable, and effective solution. We have been serving commercial and residential clients in New York City and New Jersey since 1995. Be proactive about mold and your health. Contact us for a free mold inspection.

What Doctors Treat Mold Related Illnesses?

What Doctor Treats Mold Related Illness?

What Doctor Treats Mold Related Illness/

The symptoms of mold-related illnesses often vary by individual. Mold exposure affects people differently and may cause several systems in a person’s body. While some people may exhibit multiple symptoms, others may show few or none. There are countless stories of doctors giving patients one diagnosis after another because they do not know how to identify mold-related illnesses.

Be informed about mold and your health. When you or a loved one is seriously ill, you do not want to rely on someone’s best guess. You need the most accurate diagnosis possible that is based on the latest information and testing.

Mold-related illnesses

Mycotoxins are the toxic byproducts of mold colonies. These toxins are the main cause of mold-related illnesses. Mold spores, whether toxic or non-toxic, can irritate eyes, sinuses, and worsen asthma for many people. Elderly individuals and others with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of illness due to mold exposure.

When foreign antigens enter and stay in the body of otherwise healthy individuals, their immune systems are constantly fighting back. This can lead to chronic illness, inflammation, allergies, and many other symptoms.

Finding a doctor knowledgeable about mold-related sickness

Technology that can accurately detect mycotoxins in a person has only recently been developed. There are a small number of labs that do mycotoxin testing. For a complete list of doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating mycotoxin-related illnesses, visit the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Elimination and prevention of mold are the best methods to avoid mold-related problems. Be proactive about mold and your health. Contact Stern Mold for a free consultation and mold treatment in Northern NJ and NYC.

Are You Allergic to Your Bed? Find Out Why.

Could Your Bed Be Making You Sick?

Could Your Bed Be Making You Sick?

If you’re experiencing allergy symptoms without finding any specific causes, you may want to blame your bed. People spend a third of their lives in bed, so it makes sense to ensure that it’s free of any of the following contaminants.

While you probably won’t see any of these contaminants (bacteria, fungi and allergens), they are there and while you sleep you’re contaminating your bed and breathing them into your lungs.

Mold and Fungi Spores

While mold and fungi are usually too small to see with the naked eye, studies have shown that they are often found in beds. Even minute amounts can cause a reaction so wash your bed sheets in hot water once a week. A NYC mold treatment may be necessary to alleviate allergy symptoms.

Dust Mite Droppings

While you might not be allergic to dust mites, you might be allergic to dust mite poop. Dust mites are found in four out of five homes in the United States, which means that they could very well be in your bed. Again, clean bed sheets will reduce this problem.


Familiar with sweating in bed? It’s something that everybody does. If you’re sick, you can transmit strep or staph infection of the skin if allowed to build up.

Pet Droppings

Your pet may be the apple of your eye, but its urine, dander or saliva could be causing an allergy flare-up.

Clean, dry bed sheets are key to healthy living, but when it comes to mold and your health, don’t take any chances. Contact Stern Mold today to discuss your NYC mold treatment options and schedule a free inspection.

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