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How to deal with Mold in your property?

Mold in your property, what now?

Are you a landlord or rental property investor with a tenant reporting that there is mold in your property? If so, it is critical to handle the issue in a timely and effective manner. Exposure can cause many health effects and symptoms. Therefore, remediation is necessary to sustaining a healthy indoor setting for tenants. To avoid any further issues, use the following remediation action plan to help minimize damage and liability concerns.

What causes Mold? 

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic
matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. It may begin growing indoors when spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none
of them will grow without water or moisture. High moisture content causes mold, to prevent it make sure you address any situation with leaks immediately. Like roof leaks, plumbing leaks, dish washer leaks, crawlspace water and-so-on.

What health issues does it cause?

Inhaling or touching mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses
include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions are common. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to it. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people.

What can be done about it?

It is impossible to get rid of all spores indoors. Some spores will be found floating through the air and in house
dust. The spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold, but don’t fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back. See below for steps to take to address once you find it.

Guide courtesy of American Apartment Owners Association