The damp climate in British Columbia is ideal for mould growth. It is recommended that homeowners or property managers regularly check their buildings for mould growth or water damage in order to correct the problem before it gets out of hand. For people looking for homes to rent or buy, it’s important that you check for signs of mould before moving into a place and take every step possible to prevent mould in your home. Some of the activities that may lead to mould growth include cooking, washing clothes or showering without venting out the moisture. As for tenants, finding mould may not be reason enough to break a tenancy agreement and move out of a place early. Furthermore, your landlord may blame you for causing the mould problem if mould growth was due to your lifestyle.
How To Control mould Growth
- Reduce Indoor Humidity By:
- Venting showers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside.
- Controlling humidity levels and dampness by using air conditioners and de-humidifiers.
- Providing adequate ventilation to maintain indoor humidity levels between 30-60%.
- Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
- Inspect the home regularly for signs of mould, moisture, leaks, or spills. The following suggest possible mould growth:
- Mouldy or musty odours.
- Water stains or discoloration on ceiling, walls, floors, and window sills.
- Respond promptly when you see signs of moisture and/or mould, or when leaks or spills occur:
- Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours of occurrence to prevent mould growth.
- Fix source of water problem or leak to prevent mould growth.
- Clean mould off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely.
- Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are mouldy, may need to be replaced.
- Prevent moisture condensation:
- Reduce potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
- Frequently clean floor and carpet :
- Remove spots and stains immediately, using the flooring manufacturer’s recommended techniques.
- Use care to prevent excess moisture or cleaning residue accumulation and ensure that cleaned areas are dried quickly.
- In areas where there is perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting.
If you live in British Columbia and have a mould problem, contact our office at 604-435-6555. We may be able to help you or direct you to people who can help.