All buildings have to deal with the presence of mold. In fact, it’s everywhere! But it only becomes a real problem when mold spores find the right environment and are able to grow and become “black molds” that can lead to immune responses, fatigue, cognitive problems, nausea, and allergic reactions if it gets bad enough—no good.
The good news is that there are ways to prevent and get rid of mold in your rental property so it’s a safe place for your tenants.
Some of the most common causes of mold include furniture sitting against walls, steamy showers, improper ventilation, and leaky ceilings, pipes, or faucets. This is important to tell tenants too, so they can help prevent mold and also be proactive in reporting any that they see to you.
Now, if you do see mold pop up, here’s what to do about it:
Act Fast—you’ll avoid really bad damage if you deal with the mold quickly.
Clean Thoroughly—use detergent and water to scrub, scrub, scrub the mold from hard surfaces, and make sure the surface then dries completely. And don’t forget to where goggles and glove to protect yourself. You might even want to use a respirator if you’re worried about breathing in mold spores.
Cut Off the Source—figure out what’s causing the mold, and get it fixed ASAP. It would be awful for you or your renter to spend a ton of time cleaning the area only to have more mold pop up because the cause hasn’t been addressed.
Get Rid of Porous Materials—that includes carpet or ceiling tiles that could be a problem. If they look moldy at all, throw them out. It’s not worth the risk and the headache.
Although mold doesn’t pose a life-threatening risk, it is fairly serious as it can still affect the health and wellbeing of your tenants. Make sure they understand the details of mold and how to prevent it, and take proactive measures yourself to avoid having to deal with it. For more ideas and help managing details like this, contact your property manager.