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Identify and Prevent Mould in Your Rental Property: A Comprehensive Guide

Posted by Matthew Gunn on December 23, 2022
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Mould is a type of fungus that can grow indoors and outdoors, and it thrives in damp and humid environments. In residential properties it can cause a variety of health problems and can also damage the structure of the building. Here, we will discuss some of the common causes of mould growth in residential properties and what can be done to prevent and remove it.

One of the main causes of mould growth in residential properties is water leaks or flooding. This could be due to faulty plumbing, leaking roofs, or even overflowing sinks and bathtubs. Water that is left standing for an extended period of time provides the perfect breeding ground and it can quickly spread to other areas of the property.

Another common cause of mould growth in residential properties is high indoor humidity levels. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor ventilation, lack of air circulation, and inadequate heating and cooling systems. In order to prevent growth it’s important to maintain a relative indoor humidity level of between 30% and 50%.

Once mould has started to grow in a residential property, it can be difficult to remove and can cause serious health problems if not dealt with promptly. Some of the common health problems associated with mould exposure include respiratory problems, allergic reactions, and even infections.  As even prevention is better than cure, here’s some handy tips to prevent mould from forming in the first place.

If you suspect that there is mould growing in your residential property, it is important to take action immediately. The first step is to identify the source of the moisture and repair any leaks or other sources of water. Next, you should thoroughly clean and dry any areas that have been affected by using a combination of cleaning products and air circulation to remove and prevent spreading.

As Glasgow is a wet environment we always recommend that a powerful dehumidifier is used to remove excess moisture in the air.  In residential Letting Properties it is vital that Tenants have the knowledge of how to combat mould and moisture created by internal lifestyle factors.  It is essential to limit the amount of water created and to effectively ventilate as required.

If the problem is severe, or if you are unable to identify and repair the source of the moisture, it may be necessary to hire a professional mould removal company. These companies have the expertise and equipment necessary to safely and effectively remove mould from your property and prevent it from coming back.

In conclusion, mould growth in residential properties is a serious problem that can cause health problems and damage the building. By identifying and repairing sources of moisture, maintaining a healthy indoor humidity level, and cleaning and drying any areas affected by mould, you can prevent and remove mould growth in your property and keep your family safe and healthy.

As ever, if you are a Landlord or Tenant and you are struggling  with a mould build up in your Property, then get in touch and see if we can give you any advice.

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