Tenants Guide To Preventing Mould
Mould is mad for moisture, loves it, can’t get enough; so areas such as bathrooms, laundries and kitchens are particularly fertile breeding grounds. Along with being a fairly unattractive addition to your interior decor, preventing mould is also beneficial to your health as mould produces allergens which can cause reactions in people with allergies or asthma.
Identifying The Culprit:
Mould can be black, grey, green or white, it can present as a stain or smudge and give off a musty odour. Any form of errant moisture, from humidity, condensation or leaky plumbing, will promote mould growth, even in areas you may not be able to see, so it’s important to take measures where possible to inhibit its development.
What To Do?
Ventilation is key. Keep windows and walls dry by regularly opening windows and doors. Heat rooms with dry heat sources and wipe away any condensation build up as soon as possible. Try to avoid pushing furniture flush up against walls as this creates a dark and airless space.
Preventing Mould 101;
- Carpets and rugs should be routinely aired and cleaned.
- Let the sun do its naturally cleansing work by opening curtains and blinds during the day.
- Open windows and doors.
- Enjoy your Tuberous Begonias and Trifasciata Hybrids by all means, but try to avoid overdoing the indoor plants. Green accents are great, a full blown conservatory spells mouldy disaster.
- Avoid clutter and try to keep dirt and dust at bay.
- Run the exhaust or range hood fan whenever you’re cooking to prevent a build-up of steam.
- Open kitchen windows where possible.
- Cover pots and pans as much as you can.
- Keep exhausts and range hoods cleaned to avoid grease building up and diminishing the efficacy of the fan.
- Always run the exhaust fan when you take a shower to prevent moisture build-up on walls, floors and ceilings.
- Open the bathroom windows where possible to allow steam to escape.
- Clean and dry surfaces regularly and keep exhaust fan dust free at all times.
- If filling a bath, add cold water first to reduce steam production.
- Dry clothes outdoors wherever possible.
- If using a clothes dryer with a vent on the front, open doors and windows to minimise steam build up and wipe dry when done.
Bedroom and Linen Cupboards:
- Make sure all linen, towels, clothes and shoes are completely dry before storing away.
- Keep cupboards and bedrooms uncluttered and well ventilated, maintaining good air movement.
- Store dry items in sealed plastic containers.
Preventative Maintenance Tips and Hints:
- Check the roof for leaks or broken tiles.
- Report any plumbing leaks ASAP.
- Check that weep holes on the outside of the building are not blocked (weep holes allow drainage of water and vapour pressure escape from internal walls).
- It’s possible for the weep holes in aluminium window frames to become clogged over spring and winter and for water to collect in the lower window frame sections.
- Check for doors or windows that may have broken seals.
- Ensure vents and air ducts are not clogged.
- Check for leaking toilets or damaged seals in bathtubs and kitchen sinks.
- Swollen or crumbling walls or buckling floor boards are a sign of moisture damage.
- Check for stained ceiling or wall tiles.
- Clean out any gutters if it’s safe to do so, this will prevent back flow of storm water.
In short, bid mould Hasta La Vista, baby, by ALWAYS notifying our office as soon as you require maintenance or repair on any of the above items, as controlling moisture is the only way to keep mould from saying ‘I’ll be back’.
If you require further advice on preventing mould or need to report maintenance, please contact your property manager directly. Refer to the Team page for relevant contact details.
For more information about the effects mould can have on your health and the importance of prevention, click here.