When you have mold in your rental property, it is critical for the safety of your tenants and your finances to detect it early. Unfortunately, mold presence is not always visible and in many cases mold identification is difficult.
Mold spores can be found everywhere in a home microscopically, but the problem becomes obvious if there is a sign of significant change and growth. The mould requires sunlight and nutrients to grow and your lease can be a host for a breeding ground when the conditions are present. Focus on those types of areas in search of mould and be careful to detect moulds before it gets much more serious.
Dark spots are visible on porous surfaces exposed to humidity: it is likely to be the mold when you see spots on floors, walls, ceilings, tapestries, and fabrics.
Musty: Mold’s smell is pungent, musty, mildew-y. If the property has a strong smell, try to figure out whether the cause is mold–it might not always be in the clear view.
Residents have a symptom of allergy: mould may occur if your pensioners complain of a fan-like symptom, such as sneezing, flushing nose, red eyes, rash, shortness of breath, or irritated eyes, skin, throat, or nose.
Test areas with the most moisture exposure, such as the cellar and the attic. Basins are typically the dampest areas of a building and have less light exposure. Inspect also the attic, where a leaky roof can build a pleasant molding setting. Bathroom ceiling is also a frequent abuser, even when there is a fan or window, because of moisture from showers. Inspect the HVAC duct system (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) periodically as spores can easily spread. Mold also loves to condense and dusty surfaces (from an A / C spiral or defective dehumidifier).
If the rental has a history of flooding or water damage, the threat of mold growth is growing. Spores need to multiply moisture. Check thoroughly for areas where water damage, leaks or general humidity may occur.
As we said before, microscopic mold spores naturally exist almost everywhere, which makes the concept of real’ removal’ impossible. They float in the air and can sit on any surface. But when mold takes root in a moist environment and establishes a damaging colony, the clean-up process is called remediation (e.g., restoring the spores to normal / natural levels). Removal and reconstruction may be used interchangeably, but especially as you do your research, it is important to know what they mean.