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4 Common Properties That May Be More Susceptible to Mold

No matter where you live, mold can become a problem. But some places are more prone to infestation than others – for example, a humid state like North Carolina typically has a greater mold problem than a drier state like Colorado.

The type of property you live in can also make your residence a moldier place than others. How to better spot hidden fungus? Know whether your house is one of the types of properties most susceptible to mold.

1. Apartments

As a renter, apartment hunting is a necessary gamble. Even when paying top dollar, there is always a chance that the walls of your apartment hold secrets your contract may have informed you of. Unless you are able to ask the apartment itself if its ever had mold, most landlords prefer to omit this bit of information.

Sadly, there are no official laws regulating mold exposure in residential locations. There are also no binding rules landlords are required to follow to treat it. If not taken care of, mold can spread endlessly throughout residential buildings very quickly.

To combat this, it is important to have your apartment inspected on occasion. Also, it is vital that mold be taken seriously. Most people turn their head. You can change that by searching for spots.

2. Houses

You call it home. Mold calls it an all you can eat buffet.

With a house, every surface is free game for mold growth. Since this growth feeds on natural materials, a house is extremely vulnerable to this hazardous problem when the right conditions present themselves.  

Luckily for homeowners, you will know you have mold when you smell it. Mold emits a musky smell that is impossible to get rid of until the source is found. Similarly, allergy or asthma sufferers will be the first to feel the effects of mold.

If you suffer from either of these and feel the symptoms begin to severely worse drastically, then mold might be the cause. While the diagnosis of mold related symptoms is very uncommon, home inspections are a sure-fire way to eliminate mold as a cause.  

3. Condos

Similar to apartments, condos are in such close proximity to their neighboring homes that the spread of mold is as easy as the changing seasons. Condos like apartments have no formal requirements by the state that limit mold exposure to their residents.

Unfortunately, the mold policies that do exist are ineffective in preventing mold being the fault of the resident. While the resident is paying for their residence and the aid of their landlord, the situation can often fall in favor of the landlord with policies that don’t factor in the harmful effects of fungus.

Before turning to lawyers to fight your landlord, it is better to turn to mold treatment companies for help. More often than not, paying for a mold removal service will save you a great deal of money that would have been spent on legal fees.

4. Hotels

Yes, you read that correctly. Hotels can be a haven for mold when they are not cared for properly. Mold can grow in any areas that lack proper ventilation and have moisture.

Hotels, unfortunately, can develop mold quickly for those facilities that cannot afford to check and maintain the proper humidity of their building. Have you ever been to a hotel and had a nose bleed? That would be a result of a hotels attempt at moisture prevention.

Unfortunately for these hotels, guests have their own temperature settings for their room and can often sabotage any attempt to maintain low humidity. Similarly, guests who take long showers can instantly increase the humidity of the room and can keep it that way if the room temperature stays warm.

How do we combat this? We should be wary when choosing hotels for quality and cleanliness. Another tip is to keep the temperature in your room down when you are gone and when you are sleeping. Most hotels will provide extra linens if you require them, and this will help prevent moisture from the air causing you respiratory problems.

Is Anywhere Safe?

Mold can appear anywhere that there’s water, oxygen, and organic matter. However, there are always ways to treat it, no matter the location. The key to avoiding mold and maintaining out health is to be aware of the signs of mold and knowing to confront them immediately to avoid spreading.

Mold is hard to deal with, but with preventative measure and seeking immediate help you’re more likely to stay healthy!

Ben Suiskind

Chief Executive Officer at All Dry USA
With Ben’s knowledge, and visionary leadership, All Dry USA has expanded into a national, full-service property damage restoration company with multiple locations across the United States. Ben holds numerous specialty licenses and certifications in restoration and construction.
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