Mould is a serious problem for both Landlord and Tenant:
Mould is a serious problem because of the health risks associated with mould spores. Moulds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, toxins that may cause reactions in humans. The mould fungi have been identified as the source of numerous health problems including infections, asthma, allergies, sinusitis and the serious lung condition Aspergillosis.
Be sure you understand mould:
The problem is many tenants simply don't understand that mould and mildew is not the same as damp. When they first see the ugly black spores they contact the Landlord or the Letting Agent to report the property is damp, but in most cases it is NOT damp and the property itself is not to blame. 9 times out of 10 the mould spores are caused from simple lack of ventilation, which ends up damaging the property and potentially causing health problems.
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Too few people realise that `Black mould` is generally caused by lifestyle. Put simply, it is caused by the way we live in our homes these days. The better insulated our properties the more we need to ventilate.
We cause a lot of moisture from:
These are every day activities, which in the summer months rarely cause an issue because we tend to open our windows and ventilate for long periods. However, during winter months we often keep our windows closed to retain heat, but this helps prevent all the accumulated moisture from escaping, which quickly encourages mould to form.
Perfect conditions for mould:
Check the tiles around the bath/shower next time you finish bathing - all that moisture will gradually be absorbed by the walls of the property as it disburses.
Add to this the moisture from cooking, drying damp clothes and even breathing. Then consider that the more insulated the property the more moisture will be trapped inside. Unable to escape the moisture generally finds a porous place to settle (normally a plastered wall or window frame) and gradually form into spores, which rapidly becomes a colony, then becomes air-born and very easily transports to different areas of the property by attaching themselves to various hosts. These hosts can include people, animals, insects, shoes and clothes etc. Spores then thrive and grow where it is damp and moist - even your toothbrush!
Typically, once spores move from room to room and start new colonies they can form anywhere.
No matter how clean your home is, you are susceptible to black mould, as it only needs humidity to germinate, and in 24 to 48 hours, you will find that it has stuck and is spreading fast.
Black Mould is a term commonly used to describe a blackish-green substance, which can potentially result in health risk (not to mention damage the property) and is generally associated with poor indoor air quality that arises after fungal growth has been allowed to form. Basically it's lifestyle.
Many of us could have one type or another of mould somewhere in our home, although not all types are toxic. There are many types of mould, but the most common is black mould found on the inside of a property. If this appears you MUST clean and treat the area IMMEDIATELY, as it could potentially cause health problems and if not kept clear will spread throughout the property, land on any porous surface, even your toothbrush, and start a new colony.
Mould spores are known allergens, their microscopic spores become airborne at the slightest disturbance. Humans can then inhale these microscopic spores, which have been attributed (along with the dust mite) to trigger asthma and allergies, dust allergy and even hay fever. During growth, fungal colonies can produce gases known as `volites`, which are musty mildew-like odours, which you may associate with damp basements.
YOU are responsible:
As a tenant you need to understand that YOU are responsible for ensuring the property is adequately ventilated. You must clean any mould immediately, it is not your landlord's responsibility. Please follow the advice on black mould removal and prevention to prevent your landlord claiming against your deposit for costs of treating the mould.
Top tips to avoid mould:
What if you find black mould:
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We hope this info helps you to prevent mould occurring during your tenancy, however, if you do find mould and then feel unable to manage it then PLEASE CALL US FOR ADVICE? It is better to tell us than risk damaging the property or health and potentially lose your deposit. Please, please don`t ignore mould, as it could damage your health as well as the property. We are here to help.
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