The ABC’s of Taking Care of Mold in Your Rental Property | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
There are numerous tasks a property manager is responsible for, and maintenance of the rental unit itself is one of the most important. Maintaining the property keeps your tenants happy and extends the longevity of the building. Humid weather and lots of precipitation year-round in the middle Tennessee region is the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold is a common problem in homes in the Nashville area, especially in dark, moist, enclosed areas such as bathrooms, basements and crawlspaces.
If one of your tenants notices a small mold problem, there are common household products to remove it from hard surfaces. However, porous surfaces and large growth mean you need to involve mold remediation professionals, such as SERVPRO® of South Nashville. You will need to make sure that the mold remediation professionals have access to EPA-registered antimicrobial coating. Antimicrobial coating does not only kill the mold colony, but also helps to prevent future growth.
Your next step is to find a licensed mold remediation company, such as SERVPRO® of South Nashville. A licensed contractor has the training, expertise and experience required to do the job well, safely and to code. This provides assurance that the contractor has adequate knowledge and experience.
The ABC’s of how to find a mold expert:
- Confirm that company is certified for mold removal and remediation. This will ensure that the company knows how to remove the mold safely in order to prevent any potential health risks. Reputable remediation companies should participate in certification programs such as the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Ask for proof of certification, SERVPRO® of South Nashville is happy to show you ours!
- Be sure that the company is insured and conducts employee background checks. Verify that the contractor is up to date on its liability and worker’s comp insurance, that the amount is adequate, and that the policy covers mold and microbial work. A reputable business should be bonded and conduct background checks on its employees. Again, SERVPRO® of South Nashville makes sure our employees have all undergone background check.
- Get a written estimate after an on-site evaluation. As with any reputable sub-contractor or outside vendor you hire, have the contractor come to the job site, investigate the situation and present a detailed, written estimate with all services to be provided noted.
Be sure to communicate with tenants/occupants if and when work will be done in the building. Let them know the company that has been retained and that uniformed workers may be in the building as well as the dates they may be on the premises.
Keeping your tenants or guests unexposed to mold is necessity to have a successful rental property or hotel. If your home has experienced water damage you could have mold growing as well. We want you to know that SERVPRO® of South Nashville is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”