FEMA Warns Against Mold Issues

Posted on
September 11th, 2015

A Landlord’s Responsibility for Damp and Mould

Damp and mould are two of the most common household problems and affects thousands of homes throughout the UK. If left untreated, your buildings could become permanently damaged and even pose serious health risks to those exposed to the mould and damp. If you notice either of these in your property, it is essential that you act quickly!

As a landlord, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your tenants are living in suitable properties, when it comes to health and hygiene. Untreated damp and mould could cost you thousands of pounds to repair, as well as hefty fines from local authorities. If your tenant becomes ill due from damp and mould caused by the structure of the building, you could also face a serious personal injury claim or even a lawsuit.

If you suspect that there is damp or mould in your property, you should be able to spot several tell-tale signs. Damp is often caused by condensation so you will notice signs of excess moisture, as well as wet patches on walls and floors. It should be easier to spot mould as it has a distinctive look and smell. If you see either of these things, you will need to treat them as soon as possible.

There are a number of treatments available including damproof kits, membrane installations, paint additives and mould eradication kits. Which method you need will depend on the type and extent of damp and mould in the building. You should also try to improve the ventilation by opening windows and doors, especially when showering and cooking, to ensure that the problem doesn’t return.

Dampkits have a wide range of damp and mould solutions to help if you find these problems in your property. Please visit our product page to find out more.

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