7-Step Guide to Keep Dampness and Condensation Out of Your Rental Property
They say home is where the heart is. Whether you rent a lavish Tuscany apartment in San Angelo, Texas, or modest accommodation, a home can be truly called a “house” only when its occupants enjoy spending time within its walls. The rental property must be safe to live in and living conditions must match or exceed the bare minimum criteria as laid down by the regulating authorities. Dampness and condensation in a property are a cause for concern and can be a major roadblock in creating a k lovely home. The blog aims to educate you about health risks posed by these issues and the steps you can take to ensure your Tuscany rental property in Texas or elsewhere is damp and condensation free. Read on to learn more.
In most cases, dampness and condensation in a property are a direct result of lack of adequate cross ventilation provisions. Dampness and condensation, over time, can result in mold formation, which is bad news for the occupants, especially pregnant ladies, senior citizens, and those with a weak immunity system/respiratory problems. Inhaling or touching mold spores can result in a number of health issues, including asthma, eczema, allergies, and even cancer, thereby, making it vital for renters to take steps to remedy and prevent conditions that result in condensation and dampness.
Some States, including Virginia, Massachusetts, and Vermont require the landlord to take adequate steps to address and prevent mold contamination in their property. Others require building codes to include provisions for adequate ventilation, and weathertightness. That said, as a renter you must never let their guard down but take the following measures to protect yourself and loved ones against these hazards:
1. Dry your Clothes Outdoors
Dry clothes outdoors to avoid moisture buildup within the property. If this is not an option and you need to dry clothes indoors, make sure to leave your doors and windows open to facilitate cross ventilation.
2. Cover Pans When Cooking
When cooking, moisture in the food escapes via steam and can result in condensation. To avoid this problem, always cover cooking pans with a lid. Open windows and switch on exhaust fans for at least 15-20 minutes after cooking to rid the air of moisture particles.
3. Use Heating Thermostats
As the chill in the air increases and mercury drops, the urge to use portable gas bottles and paraffin heaters to heat the home tempts many people. The problem with using these devices is that they produce a lot of moisture and toxic fumes. Many tenancy agreements, explicitly ban renters from using such devices and you’re better-off using heating thermostats instead, as they don’t release toxic fumes.
4.Clean Bathroom/Kitchen Regularly
If you’re not using an extractor fan, make sure to wipe-off surfaces after cooking and using your bathroom. Failing to do can result in moisture droplets settling down, thereby, resulting in mold formation, which is difficult to remove.
5. Avoid Overstuffing Your Wardrobe
Overstuffing your wardrobe and kitchen cupboards can create conditions that are conducive for mold formation. Open the wardrobe, kitchen cupboards, and drawers regularly to let warm air pass through freely, a necessary practice to keep a check on mold growth.
6. Arrange Furniture Correctly
Make sure to maintain a gap of at least 50mm between walls and your furniture to ensure proper air ventilation. If possible, place the wardrobe against internal walls of your bedroom as they’re usually colder as compared to external ones, and won’t provide ideal conditions for mold growth.
7. Ensure There are no wet Materials Lying Around
Make sure to dry household materials that may get wet in the event of a flood or after fixing a leak or happening, among other events that may bring your belongings in contact with water. If required, rent space heaters and dehumidifiers to achieve this objective. Move all wet articles away from the walls. Don’t use a fan if mold spores are visible to avoid further contamination.
You must also bring any signs of property damage such as malfunctioning gutters and roofing or gaps in the building structure to your landlord’s notice. Ask them to replace outdated windows with triple glazed options that offer maximum insulation and energy savings. At Kington Properties, we invest time and efforts in maintaining our Tuscany apartment homes to give you unmatched comfort and safety. Our Tuscany rental properties in Texas have an in-house maintenance team to ensure all issues are nipped in the bud. Call us at (325) 942-8198 or fill out our contact form, to learn more about our Tuscany rental properties in Texas or schedule a property tour.