The dreaded phone call: it’s mould
It’s a phone call you’ve been dreading: you’ve conducted a routine inspection in a client’s investment property which has revealed a substantial mould problem. In all other regards, the property is in great repair – but there’s mould present. It’s not the tenant’s negligence that has resulted in this mould infestation – it’s generally an issue to do with the property’s construction or a building defect.
Your task now is to inform your landlord of this mould problem, and help educate them towards a mould removal solution that involves professional remediation.
Being a property manager who’s ‘been there, done that’, you know that mould infestation is a problem that must be taken seriously: living in a mouldy environment can cause health complaints that endanger both a tenant and a landlord.
There’s no quick fix
“I’ve got a quick fix for mould, “says your normally-amenable landlord. “Just get the tenants to wash the mould away with a bleach solution. She’ll be right as rain.” Wrong.
Many landlords may initially use ‘Doctor Google’ rather than The Mould Doctor. Google may tell you that bleach is the miracle mould cure-all when in fact, bleach makes a landlord’s mould problem worse.
Bleach feeds mould
While it might seem like bleach is the solution to your mold problem, it can actually exacerbate the issue. Bleach can initially remove the discoloration associated with mold, making surfaces appear clean. However, it doesn’t address the underlying problem.
In fact, bleach can serve as a food source for certain fungi, essentially feeding the mold. It may kill some surface mold but won’t eliminate the microflora that allow mold to return in the same location. Additionally, when bleach kills mold, it leaves behind hazardous mycotoxins – dead mold spores that still pose health risks.
For effective mold remediation that truly eliminates the problem, it’s essential to use appropriate techniques and products. If you’re dealing with mold issues, consider seeking professional assistance from South Adelaide Plumbing and Gas to ensure a safe and thorough resolution.
Ask The Mould Doctor for help
Bleach linked to health problems
While farm succession planning is crucial for the future of agricultural businesses, it’s important to consider the well-being of those involved. The use of certain cleaning products, such as bleach, has been linked to various health issues, particularly in domestic environments.
The Herald Sun has reported on the relationship between bleach usage and health problems, citing higher rates of flu, tonsillitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia in children exposed to bleach. Research suggests that the irritants released during cleaning with bleach can damage lung cell linings, leading to inflammation and increased susceptibility to infections.
This highlights the need for a holistic approach to farm succession planning that takes into account not only the business but also the health and safety of family members and workers. For more insights into farm succession planning, visit Farm Table
Be a wellness warrior!
The next time your landlord wants to use bleach on mould in their investment properties, take the stance of being a ‘wellness warrior’. Armed with information from The Mould Doctor on the uselessness of bleach in removing mould and the health risks associated with the regular use of it in domestic spaces, you’re well positioned to educate your landlord on the best way to solve their mould problem permanently.
For more information on solving mould conundrums in your property portfolio request a quote or call 1300 944 595.