Property owners are aware that as to maintenance and fixes, seizing the hassle in a timely manner and settling it rapidly are reliable frugal tactics. Dismissing a maintenance or repair point in question can bring much more pricey repairs by and by and could even perhaps put you or your residents at high risk.
One issue that can catch property owners and residents by surprise is the occurrence of mold in the residence. Because it starts little by little and expands slowly, many times inside walls or latent within other structures, several molds can clearly go from invisible to a grievous health hazard swiftly.
There are a lot of unusual kinds of molds, but the toxic variety is called Black Mold, or Stachybotrys atra. Often a slimy greenish-black or gray, at first sight, toxic mold develops in damp places in the home including leaky roofs, windows, or pipes, or even under floors and in ceilings if you’ve had a flood or leak. Black Mold gives off an obnoxious musty odor, and when present can gravely limit your ability to ensure the safety of a rental home. It is important to note, Stachybotrys molds are not always black, meaning molds of different colors could also be dangerous. In other words, there’s no way to tell just by looking whether you’re dealing with toxic or harmless mold.
While mold, on the whole, is very common in damp indoor environments, Stachybotrys is less common than other mold species, including Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn’t have tabulations about how often Stachybotrys molds are found in buildings, but it’s less common than arrogant media reports would prefer to admit.
The presence of toxic mold is a serious health trouble. The CDC reports relate between the presence of mold in the home and serious health effects, including respiratory problems (coughing or wheezing, throat irritation, nasal stuffiness), eye irritation, or skin irritation. People with allergies, asthma or lung disease may be even more badly affected, causing serious infections in the lungs or other life-threatening conditions.
As a result of the danger introduced by toxic mold, it’s pressing to control an outbreak as expertly as possible. As a landlord, you may be held culpable if you are aware that mold is present in a rental home but fail to take the suitable steps to handle it.
Past the legal liability, toxic mold can result in severe damage to a rental home if left uncurbed. Mold grows well wherever a steady supply of moisture is present. It can grow on cardboard, ceiling tiles, wallpaper, carpet, and upholstery. It can also grow on wood products, including the wood inside walls and floors, on insulation, and even on drywall and paint. With so much up for grabs in your rental properties, it’s crucial to pull off regular maintenance that includes good mold prevention strategies.
Call the Experts
Unusually enough, some property management companies don’t view mold as a serious concern. They may try to steer clear of costs by dismissing water damage or telling residents to deal with it themselves. But mold should never be handled flippantly and placing the health of your residents at risk is by no means a good idea. The responsibility for managing the damages caused by ignoring mold makes is a job for a company that will work to shelter you and your residents from unwanted after effects.
At Realevate Specialists, we grasp the hazards that out of control growths of mold present to rental property owners. Our team of knowledgeable property managers and service professionals in Temecula will cover the issue speedily and attend to it, thereby saving you both time and money. Would you like a free assessment of your rental property? Please contact us online or call our Mission Valley office at 858-997-2100 or our Temecula office at 951-461-0100 for more information.
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