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How to Keep Your Rental Properties Mold-Free

Mold is a big liability for any property owner. It can cause or complicate illnesses, and can even lead to structural damage and costly repairs to rental properties. But for landlords, there is also the threat of a lawsuit over failure to remove mold. 

Because San Francisco health codes identify mold as a public nuisance, landlords who fail to remove “visible or otherwise demonstrable” mold can be sued by their tenants.

But what’s the best way to keep your rental property mold-free? And is it even possible to avoid indoor mold in foggy San Francisco? Here are a few professional mold prevention tips from our experts.

Mold Prevention Strategies for Rental Properties

Whether you own a short-term vacation rental, a single-family home, or an apartment building, keeping mold away will protect your tenants and your property. From maintenance to mold inspections, here’s what you can do to keep your rental mold-free.

Tenant Relations

Encouraging your tenants to report leaks, floods, or other damage and making prompt repairs is one of the best ways to prevent mold. If you maintain good relationships with your tenants, they’ll be comfortable reporting problems. Staying on good terms could even prevent a lawsuit! But if you find mold after a bad tenant moves out, you have every right to deduct the cost of mold remediation from their security deposit. 

Competent Maintenance

Mold can start to grow and spread only 24 hours after a leak or a flood. If your rental ever needs repairs, it’s important to have a professional plumber or contractor who can service your property on short notice. Relying on a jack-of-all-trades handyman for a quick fix is just as dangerous as a property management company that takes weeks to find a qualified professional for the job. 

Mold-Resistant Building Materials

If you’re constructing or renovating a rental property in San Francisco, you should take advantage of mold-resistant building materials. Using cement board instead of paper-backed drywall and choosing a mold-resistant paint can reduce the risk of mold infestations significantly. 

Humidity Control Techniques

Adding sufficient ventilation in kitchens and bathrooms or installing a solar fan in the attic can help keep your rental mold-free. Installing moisture barriers in attics, floors, and exterior walls will take mold prevention a step further. And humidity control techniques like smart home settings or even a simple dehumidifier will also go a long way.

Mold Inspections

Before you turn the property over to a new tenant, you should always schedule a mold inspection. Construction mistakes, faulty repairs, and negligent tenants often cause water damage that leads to mold. A professional inspection can certify that your property is mold-free and ready for occupancy.

Dry Fog Mold Removal for Rental Properties in the San Francisco Bay Area

If you want to keep your rental properties mold-free, you need long-lasting, effective mold remediation. But you also need mold services that won’t break the bank or force your tenants to have to vacate the premises. Fortunately, My Pure Environment offers the solutions you need.

Unlike other mold removal companies, with our patented dry fog method there’s no demolition involved, no messy cleanup, and absolutely no damage to your rental property. And one of the best things about our dry fog mold remediation is that it only takes a few hours to complete the entire process. Your tenants won’t have to move out, and all of their belongings will be perfectly safe.

We also include a 1-year, mold-free guarantee with our services, so you can rest easy knowing your tenants and your property are safe from mold. For fast, effective mold removal solutions, call My Pure Environment today.

Photo by Daniel Abadia on Unsplash used with permission under the Creative Commons license for commercial use 4/13/2023.

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