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Mould Prevention Information For Tenants

Attention Tenants: How can I arrange a FREE mould inspection of my rental property?

Ask you property manager to email through a work order to info@themoulddoctor.com.au so we can organise a suitable inspection time. If you rent privately ask your landlord to contact our office directly.

GENERAL

Keep windows and walls dry inside the home by:

  • Ventilating rooms with open windows and doors on dry weather days or using mechanical ventilation such as extraction fans, dehumidifiers and air conditioning units.
  • Wiping away condensation.
  • Heating rooms with dry heat that provides air movement.
  • Ensure good ventilation at all times especially areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundries.
  • Furniture should not be pushed up against walls. This creates dark airless areas.

LOUNGE ROOMS

  • Floor coverings such as carpets and rugs should be regularly aired and cleaned to prevent food sources that mould infestation can feed on.
  • Introduce sunlight into your home by opening curtains and blinds during daylight hours.
  • Open windows and doors to help ventilated on dry days, close windows and doors on wet days as the external moisture can add to internal humidity levels.
  • Do not use indoor plants.
  • Avoid clutter and ensure that regular cleaning is conducted, dirt and dust are a contributing factor to mould growth.
  • Use dehumidifiers when humidity levels exceed 60% RH and when there is visible condensation.
  • Do not dry clothes internal on clothes horses as this contributes to increased humidity levels.

KITCHEN

  • Some types of cooking generate a large amount of steam. Make sure there is a working range hood that is preferable vented to the external area.
  • Run the exhaust or range hood fan for extended periods to avoid steam and increased humidity levels, also open windows where possible.
  • Try using lids on pots and saucepans to avoid steam build up.
  • Ensure exhaust fan or range hood is cleaned regularly to avoid blockages.

BATHROOM

  • When taking a hot bath or shower, run exhaust fans for extended periods to prevent build of of moisture and increased humidity levels.
  • Humidity sensor fans that have been installed will automatically keep running until the room humidity has been lowered to below 60% Relative Humidity.
  • Ensure that fans are clean and free from fluff at all times.
  • Clean and dry surfaces that are wet regularly such as the shower, bath and vanity.
  • Using cold water first will reduce the steam being produced.

LAUNDRY

  • Dry your clothes and shoes thoroughly before you put them away.
  • Ensure that clothes dryers have appropriate ventilation to external areas.
  • Front vented clothes dryer will contribute to increased humidity levels, the use of condenser style dryers will assist in reduced humidity levels.
  • Use mechanical ventilation or humidity sensor fans for extended periods.
  • Dry clothes in external areas that allow for air movement.

BEDROOMS AND WARDROBES

  • Open blinds and curtains to warm rooms with sunlight.
  • Keep wardrobes and bedrooms uncluttered and well ventilated.
  • Keep beds and draws away from walls.
  • Clean windows regularly to remove food source for mould.
  • Use dehumidifiers to control condensation in the cooler months.

BUILDING DEFECTS

  • Report any leaks or defect building work that contributes to internal moisture to your Property Manager or Owner.
  • If you see any sign of visible mould immediately report it to your Property Manager.

PREVENTION

  • Download the tenants guide to preventing mould.
  • Most importantly, it’s critical to keep the lines of communication between property managers and tenants open in relation to mould and maintenance more generally.

 

As a tenant take all the steps to minimise the likelihood of mould appearing by employing our suggestions in all zones of your home: but don’t forget to tell your property manager there’s a mouldy issue to deal with, too

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