Property owners have a lot to manage, and one big problem for all types of housing is mold. How do you know if your properties have mold? And what do you do if you find it? Here are some telltale signs of mold, and how to get rid of it for good!
Where Does Mold Grow?
Mold can grow in any part of a residence that is exposed to water. Some common places you might find mold are bathrooms, kitchens, attics, and basements. Another common area in apartment complexes can be lower-level entrances or storage units. The best way to prevent mold at your properties is to prevent water damage. A dry residence is a mold-free residence.
What Does Mold Look Like?
When checking for mold at your properties, here are some things to know. Mold can be any color. Some of the most common mold colors are black, red, yellow, and green. It might look like a stain or discoloration of a surface. More severe mold infestations can look fuzzy or lumpy.
What Does Mold Smell Like?
Mold has a distinct musty smell. If you or your tenants notice a stale, damp smell, that is one of the first indicators you have a mold problem. Trust your nose! Most people who find large mold infestations see or smell them first.
When Should I Call a Professional?
If you find mold, you should call a professional right away to keep your tenants happy. A mold inspector will use special tools to find mold, such as moisture meters. This can help you find all of the mold present in your properties, not just the mold seen or smelled. Then, a mold remediation professional can help you find and completely remove mold the inspector found. They can also help you find and fix the cause of the mold so it doesn’t return.