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Canada Landlords – How Can We Deal With Mold In Our Rental Property (Part 2)

June 1st, 2013 · No Comments · Mold

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If your tenant informs you there is mold in your rental property, take it seriously!

In Part 1 we began explaining the dangers that mold can create.

Of course, being a landlord means you might face many different challenges. From threats of physical violence to political activists. Put mold high up on the list of challenges!

The best method of mold removal is preventing it mold growth in the first place. Once mold has taken hold, the safest and most effective mold removal method is to call a professional mold removal company.

Preventing mold from growing isn’t as difficult as you might think. There are only three things that mold needs to grow. If you eliminate any one of them, you can prevent mold from growing.

#1 It Needs Air

– Air is truly ubiquitous, so it goes without saying that this isn’t something you can control. You need air to survive just as much as mold does!

#2 It Needs Water

– Mold thrives in areas that are humid and have high moisture content – 50% or more is the danger zone. Mold can also grow in areas that have stagnant water, such as a flooded basement. Controlling this element is most within your control. To prevent the need for mold removal, dry spilled water immediately and keep areas that are prone to becoming damp well ventilated. For instance – try turning on the bathroom fan to eliminate the steam after a shower. If your home is prone to flooding, call in a professional restoration company to eliminate dampness before mold growth occurs.

#3 It Really Needs Food

– This can consist of any number of materials: cotton, leather, wood and paper, among others. Mold removal is most difficult when it grows on porous materials such as beds or couches. Since you’re sure to have some of these materials around, refrain from leaving them in wet, damp or musty areas. For instance, damp rags and cloths are a prime breeding ground for mold

For Ontario landlords to network and discuss mold and other issues please go to the Ontario Landlords Forum

For British Columbia landlords to network and discuss mold and other issues please go to the British Columbia Landlords Forum

For Alberta landlords to network and discuss mold and issues please go to the Alberta Landlords Forum

For Manitoba landlords to network and discuss mold and other issues please go to the Manitoba Landlords Forum

For Nova Scotia landlords to network and discuss mold and other issues please go to the Nova Scotia Landlord Forum

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