Property owners know that when it comes to repairs and maintenance, spotting the problem early and repairing it quickly are strategies that can save you money. Repair all the problems you spot immediately. If you don’t pay attention to the repairs needed now, the problem will grow bigger, and it will eventually cost you more to repair. Additionally, while it’s being used in it’s broken state, it may put your residents at risk.
One common issue that can catch property owners and residents unaware is the presence of mold in one of the rooms. Because it starts gradually and spreads slowly, often inside walls or hidden within other structures, some types of mold can seemingly go from invisible to a serious health hazard in the snap of a finger. Left untreated, mold could deal a lot of damage to buildings.
There are many different kinds of molds, but the toxic variety is called Black Mold, or Stachybotrys atra. Toxic mold thrives in damp places in the home. It often presents as slimy greenish-black or gray. It often shows up on leaky roofs, windows, or pipes. It also shows up under the floors if you’ve had a flood or in ceilings if you’ve had a leak. Black Mold gives off an unpleasant musty odor. When it appears in a rental home, it can severely limit your ability to guarantee safety. This is because of the potential health problems it creates. It is important to remember that Stachybotrys molds are not always black. This means molds of different colors could also be dangerous. In other words, there’s no way to know just by watching whether you’re dealing with toxic or harmless mold.
Although mold generally is very common in moist indoor environments, Stachybotrys is less common than other mold species, such as Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn’t have figures about how frequently Stachybotrys molds are located in buildings, but it’s less common than ostentatious media reports might imply.
The existence of toxic mold is a serious health concern. The CDC reports link the presence of mold in the residence and serious health effects, including respiratory problems (coughing or wheezing, throat irritation, nasal stuffiness), eye irritation, or skin irritation. Individuals with allergies, asthma, or lung disease may be even more severely affected, resulting in serious lung infections or other life-threatening conditions.
Because of the danger posed by toxic mold, it’s important to take hold of an outbreak as fast as possible. As a landlord, you can be liable if you are aware that there is mold in a rental home but do not take the proper steps to correct it.
Besides legal liability, toxic mold can deal a lot of damage to a rental home if left unmanaged. Mold develops well wherever there is a regular supply of moisture. It can grow on cardboard, ceiling tiles, carpet, wallpaper, and upholstery. It can also grow on wood objects, such as the wood inside walls and floors, on insulation, and even on drywall and paint. With so much at stake in your rental property, it’s important to do regular maintenance that incorporates good mold prevention strategies.
Call the Experts
Oddly enough, some property management firms don’t consider mold a serious issue. They may attempt to avoid costs by ignoring water damage or telling tenants to deal with it themselves. However, mold should never be treated lightly, and putting the health of your residents at risk is never a good idea. The serious nature of the damages caused by overlooking mold makes it a job for a company that will work to protect you and your residents from unwanted results.
At Real Property Management Metro West-Worcester, we understand the dangers that uncontrolled growths of mold pose to rental property owners. Our team of expert property managers and service professionals in Grafton will deal with the issue early and correct it, thus saving you both time and money. Would you like more information or a free assessment of your rental property? Please contact us online or call us at 508-329-6000 today!
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