The Mouldy Season Returns
Written on the 4 May 2020
Mould is an ongoing issue for us as property managers. But what are the facts and how can we help prevent mould from growing in your property?
With mould being a key reason for tenants breaking their leases, it's critical that we understand what causes mould, how to prevent it and what to do if a tenant notifies you of mould in a property.
To help you better manage tenant fears and expectations about mould, here are some tips.
What is mould and where does it come from?
Mould is a common type of fungus that thrives under the right conditions, both indoor and out. Mould is found everywhere and can grow on almost any substance when moisture is present. It can grow anywhere: on carpet, clothing, food, paper, and even in places you can't see, such as the backside of drywall, areas inside walls around leaking or condensing pipes, and above ceiling tiles.
How can you prevent mould?
Dry wet areas immediately. Mould can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away. Even a spill on the carpet should be dried within 24 to 48 hours.
Prevent moisture with proper ventilation.
Improve air flow in your home.
Monitor humidity indoors.
Clean or repair roof gutters.
Do dehumidifiers help?
Dehumidifiers do NOT kill mould, but they do prevent it by reducing humidity.
Be informed and be ready as the wet season returns!