Mold & Rental Properties
Mold can be a disaster for a property owner. Even more so if the mold is discovered by their tenant. As a landlord, what do you do when this you are faced with this problem? We have a few ideas that you can implement. Keep reading below.
If your tenant has discovered mold, there will be visible evidence of its growth. The entire home should be inspected, not just the area in question. Make sure to do a thorough walkthrough of the entire home. Here are a few signs to look for when conducting your inspection:
- Black spots on the walls, thread-like white mold, greyish brown, black, green or greyish green mold. Mold growing behind wallpaper and vinyl is also a common problem. Look for peeling wallpaper or bubbling vinyl.
- Look for leaks or signs of water damage. Untreated water leaks are breeding grounds for mold.
- You may notice an earthy, musty smell. Although not all mold will produce an odor, if you smell this smell, mold is almost certainly an issue.
- Mold causes allergy like symptoms, such as runny nose, sore throat and itchy eyes. If any of your tenants have been complaining of these symptoms, mold may be the cause.
Order a mold test
To truly get a full scope of the mold problem you are facing, you will need to call in a professional mold inspection service. SERVPRO of Northwest Portland can refer you to several reliable mold testing companies who will offer sample and air testing to get to the bottom of the problem.
Remediate the problem
Mold can cause serious health problems and structural damage to your property. Both items are a liability. This is a huge nightmare for a landlord! When mold is found, you will need to act right away and proceed to remediation. SERVPRO of Northwest Portland has you covered. Our staff is IICRC certified and trained in the most cutting edge mold removal procedures.
Protect your property!
After you have eliminated the mold problem, you are going to want to remain vigilant to prevent it from returning. It’s a good idea to schedule routine mold inspections on your properties to make sure the problem stays gone.
Regardless of whether you are a tenant or a landlord, it is very important to protect yourself against mold. If your home or property has a mold problem, take action immediately.