Property Investment News | Is that Mould??

Mould thrives in damp, dark areas, which makes rain and humidity the perfect stage for it to become a common issue and it can become a huge problem.

Mould is a fungi and comes in many forms, but is typically white, green, grey or black. Mould spores generate in moist, damp, humid conditions, and live off proteins from timber, leather, ceilings and walls.

Mould can be difficult to treat once it takes root inside your home, so prevention is the best way to tackle it. So if you ever notice mould appearing, it is important you act quickly and contact your property manager so they can rule out water leaks or hidden moisture issues.

Try these simple tips for preventing and minimising mould in your home:-

Fresh Air & Natural Light

Mould loves high humidity and darkness, so opening up your windows and blinds allowing fresh air and natural light in can be an instant way of lowering the humidity and allowing fresh clean air to circulate inside your home. Don’t forget about opening your wardrobes, drawers and cupboards too. A great option for preventing dampness is moisture absorbers. These products soak up the moisture before it can get to your precious belongings.

Reduce the Humidity
Use your range-hood when cooking in the kitchen and your exhaust fan in the bathroom when showering to remove the excess moisture from the air as quickly as possible. Clothes dryers often create vast amounts of excess condensation in the air and if not vented the condensation created will increase mould growth throughout the home.

Ceiling fans can also assist with drying condensation, they keep air circulating which helps to dry out the condensation that was generated the night before. Air Conditioning can also assist when used correctly.

Clean the Mould
If you notice mould appearing in your home, you’re wise to clean it promptly. You need to thoroughly clean all hard surfaces that have been affected by the mould. In a lot of cases, vinegar and a microfibre cloth are all you need. Be mindful to rinse the cloth regularly in a separate bucket or container of clean water to avoid spreading mould as you clean. When it comes to using commercial cleaning products for mould, be mindful of reading the instructions carefully before use. You should also avoid cleaning mould with bleach, because it doesn’t actually kill the mould, it just takes out the colour.

If you have any questions, or need clarification on any of the above, please contact Anna Marten, our Head of Property Management, on 9651 1666 or anna@guardianrealty.com.au.

Important note: Clients should not rely solely on the content of this newsletter. All endeavors are made to ensure the content is current and accurate however, we make no representations or warranties as to the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or currency of the content. Readers should seek their own independent professional advice before making decisions.

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