Posted on: 24 August 2021
Protecting property and tenants from the dangers of mould
Mould is a living organism that feeds off matter from animals or dead plants, and whilst it mostly grows outside, it can start to grow indoors if it has made its way in through open windows or doors, ventilation systems, or brought in on clothing or pets.
Once mould has started to grow indoors, it starts to feed on lint, ceiling tiles or wallpaper, causing damage to your property, and potentially causing harm to tenants.
Take a look at our guidance on how to keep mould out of your premises to protect both your property and your tenants.
How can mould be dangerous to humans?
Mould can present a serious health risk to the young, elderly, people with allergies and people with respiratory illnesses such as asthma.
Signs of an adverse response to mould can include eye irritation, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, wheezing or mould infection in the lung.
According to the NHS, mould can enter the body through the respiratory system and cause an allergic reaction, or cause an allergic reaction simply through touch.
How to keep mould out of your property
To keep mould out of your property, take a look at some of these hints:
- Clean up any water damage, spills or flooding as soon as possible.
- Remove water from the air by using a dehumidifier and clean up water by using a wet or dry vacuum.
- Replace carpets that can’t be dried within 48 hours. If a carpet was contaminated by wastewater during a flood, dispose of it and replace it as soon as possible.
- Check below ground floor levels for cracks regularly. If you find a crack, arrange to have it repaired as soon as possible to stop moisture from getting in.
- When repainting, use paint that inhibits mould.
- Use a dehumidifier during humid months to take water out of the air.
- Make sure that if your air conditioning, refrigeration or dehumidifier has evaporator trays, they are cleaned out regularly to prevent water building up.
- In rooms with shower units, an extractor fan should be installed, and run for 20 minutes before and after a shower to remove moisture from the room.
- Mould can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours of a plumbing leak. If you have a plumbing leak, have it fixed immediately.
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Every property owner in the UK, residential landlord or commercial landlord, will have insurance needs unique to them. This is why the insurance advisors at Premierline will assess your insurance requirements and find the right landlord insurance package for you.
Source: Zywave Inc - Home Matters: Keeping Mould Out of Your Home
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