|Mold Prevention And Mitigation For Property Managers
Mold is a bad word for property managers. It’s highly toxic and can really damage buildings, houses and properties that you manage. And not to mention it’s pretty ugly on your bottom line. A mold problem in a property that you manage can cost a lot when it comes to repairs, making you lose out on money because of uninhabitable units or having to relocate tenants.
Mold can happen anywhere, but it can especially pop up when management doesn’t control ventilation inside units, aren’t proactive about doing maintenance checks or if current owners inherit neglected properties.
So what how can you prevent and mitigate any mold issues as they come up in regards to the properties that you manage? Follow these simple and easy tips!
Start with the exterior
To combat mold, you’ll want to secure and leak-proof all the exterior of your buildings and/or properties. Regularly clear out any debris on the roof or the rain gutters or utilize landscaping to make sure that the ground slope allows rainwater to flow away from the property since moisture is what causes mold to start to grow.
Keep your staff safe
Mold is toxic so your staff needs to handle it very carefully. Make sure that they have all the right tools and accessories needed to protect themselves when dealing with mold. If you don’t do this, you’ll be in violation of OSHA and could get fines that cost a lot more than adequate protective equipment does. They’ll need special facemasks, gloves, and protective goggles.
Turn your attention on common mold growth areas
Mold can happen anywhere, but focus on areas where it’s more prone to happen like bathtubs, water heaters, shower tile grout and curtains, washing machine hoses, windows, plumbing leaks inside of walls and under skinks and rainwater leaks in entryways, basements, doorjambs and the building’s foundation.
Use mold-mitigating technology
There are new technologies popping up each day to help fight mold, including leak/moisture alarms that alert you when mold is detected. You can also connect fans, A/C units and humidifiers to humidistats that will let you know when humidity reaches a certain point.
Educate tenants about mold
To help people spot mold, teach your tenants about mold risks and prevention. Teach them how to spot condensation, why they should use hood ventilators when cooking, how to report water damage or leaks and why they need ventilation fans while washing dishes, doing laundry, etc. Also, add a mold addendum to your lease agreements so that you hold them accountable for mold issues in cases of negligence and damage.