Discovering mold inside your buildings would be a shock for any self-storage operator. It won’t just ruin tenants’ goods, it poses a serious health risk. While it’s best to prevent mold from growing in the first place, here’s what to do if you find it.
Judy Olsen | Aug 26, 2019
Owning a self-storage business comes with risk. Tenants anticipate their possessions to be safe while in storage space. If they confirm their items and see some have been hurt in one way or an additional, you can expect a complaint at the very minimum, or a lawsuit at the worst.
So many unfortunate things can happen to a storage space unit, from a break-in to a vermin invasion to fire or flood. Then there’s mold, a nightmare infestation that won’t just damage belongings but provides a potential health risk. Of course, it’s very best to prevent mold from ever sprouting at your storage facility; but if it does, here’s some guidance on what to do.
Identifying the Problem
Mildew forms and thrives anywhere there’s excess moisture. There are various types of mold, and their appearance may range from fuzzy to slimy. They also come in various colors, including black, green, white, orange and purple.
If there’s water buildup in your storage building because of a leaky roof, bad plumbing, overflowing gutters or humid air, mold will likely develop slowly over time and eventually wreak havoc on items made of paper, wood, fabric and upholstery. Worse, mold spores can trigger allergic reactions and respiratory problems among other complications in employees and tenants. If you find mold formations in any of your structures, you must deal with the problem as shortly as possible.
Always check out your buildings after a storm. The roof could have a leak, allowing rainwater to seep inside, which could create mold. Regularly check the walls for patches or spots. If you catch a musty odor in your building, it could be an indication of mold.
DIY (Do It Yourself) Clean-Up
If you or a tenant discovers mold inside a building, it’s important to act swiftly. If you plan to remove it yourself, take the following steps.
Identify the origin of the moisture. Prior to you start removing the mold, you must track down the source of the wetness causing it. It could be a leaky roof, busted plumbing or too much humidity in the air. You need to determine where all that excess moisture came from so you can address it and prevent further mold damage.
Remove the mold. Wear protective gear such as rubber mitts, goggles and work clothing that can be thrown into the trash when the job’s done. As for materials, you’re going to need rags, a pail, a scrub brush, non-ammonia soap or detergent, bleach, and an electric fan. Here’s what to do once you’ve gathered it all: