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4 Steps for Evicting Mold

1/23/2021 (Permalink)

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4 Steps for Evicting Mold

As a rental property owner in Preston, WA, the last phone call you want from a tenant is a possible mold issue. Before you dash over with a sponge in hand, make sure you know the basics of rental mold cleanup.

1. Understand Mold
To get rid of mold, you have to understand the fungus. It spreads through airborne spores that get into homes in many ways including on clothing and pet fur. Mold spores are everywhere and only cause an issue when they find a moist place with a food source to settle and grow.
While you might think that any dark splotch on your wall is mold, it could be mildew. Mold and mildew look very similar on the surface, but mold will penetrate porous materials such as drywall and spread underneath, essentially creating a root system. This enables it to keep growing even after the surface colony has been wiped away. Mildew will not come back once cleaned.

2. Find the Source
For mold to grow, there has to be a constant source of moisture, so there is likely another issue causing the fungus to spread. Look for leaking pipes or appliances, any standing water or any instances of unexplained water damage such as dark water spots on ceilings.

3. Clean It Up
Mold cleanup is an extensive job that requires expertise. Once you have resolved the water problem, request an inspection from a mold remediation expert. They will create a plan and execute it quickly to take care of any mold problems.

4. Take Preventative Measures
Being a proactive property owner is the best way to prevent mold contamination. Conduct regular checks for leaking roofs, broken pipes, faulty HVAC systems and unexplained moisture to keep mold at bay.
Having a tenant find a fungus in your rental property can be daunting, but if you know how to handle it, mold cleanup does not have to be.

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