Saturday, June 6, 2020

Tips for Reducing Mold in Rental Properties

Virtually every home, apartment building, and townhome on the planet has mold. The substance is incredibly common. It's also incredibly dangerous if not handled correctly. When mold spores find the right environment in which to grow, black mold can develop. This leads to allergic reactions, nausea, headaches, and other immune responses. Thankfully, there are ways to mitigate the impact of mold in rental properties.

Many of the most common causes of mold involve improper ventilation. Get tenants on board with preventing mold growth by alerting them of the risks. Simple strategies like cracking a window or using a fan when taking a steamy shower can help. Should your tenant spot mold, tell them to loop you in on their findings. The sooner you take action, the easier it will be to eliminate.

Should you discover mold in your rental property, clean the area thoroughly. Use water and soap to scrub mold from hard surfaces. Once dry, check back to see that it was completely eliminated. You may want to wear a face mask while doing so - mold spores can be released into the air and inhaled while cleaning.

Once mold has been eliminated, take a moment to investigate the source. You can spend hours cleaning, only to find that more mold takes its place a month later. A leaky sink, a clogged vent, or an especially porous carpet can all lead to rapid mold growth!

-- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management


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