How to Remove Mold from Your Apartment

Have you noticed a musty odor in your apartment that doesn’t seem to go away? Have you noticed any discoloration in any of your rooms? If so, you might be dealing with a mold problem in your apartment.

Getting rid of mold can become a severe headache for renters because it seldom responds to household cleaners. When put on the back burner, mold can pose serious health risks if you are not cared for correctly. Mold spores can also significantly affect the indoor air quality of your apartment.

You can take every approach to prevent mold, but sometimes it’s inevitable. Keep reading to find some familiar places where mold can hide in your apartment, how to spot and treat mold and your rights as a tenant.

How to Remove Mold from Your Apartment

Common Places Where Mold Hides in Your Apartment

To thrive, mold needs two things: moisture and darkness. Areas with frequent and excessive moisture are critical for mold growth, particularly in dark places with little light exposure.

Here are five common places where you may find mold lurking in your apartment.

1. Anywhere a Leak is Present

It is very common for mold to appear when you have a leak in your apartment, and it causes moisture. You may notice mold growth on your ceilings and walls if structural problems start to allow moisture to come through. Leaks around window frames are also a common culprit. 

2. Bathrooms

Another hot spot for mold to appear in your apartment is the bathroom. Mold can hide in your shower walls, curtains, or around your bathroom’s trim. In some cases, mold can grow under the sink when there is a leaky pipe or condensation that creates a damp environment.

3. Laundry Rooms

If your dryer in the laundry room isn’t properly ventilated, this may cause your laundry room to become humid. The excess moisture, in this case, would create mold growth. Mold can also be found on your damp towels stored for long periods or on your walls.

4. Around Windows

If you’ve begun to notice that you have condensation on your windows, you’ll want to check for signs of mold around the window frames. There is also a chance that mold can grow on your curtains or the carpet below your window area. 

5. On Organic Materials

In some cases, mold can grow on damp cellulose. Meaning anything made of organic materials such as cardboard, stacks of paper, ceiling tiles, and more. If you have wallpaper in your home, you’ll also want to check behind it to see if you have mold growth

How Can You Spot Toxic Mold in Your Apartment?

All types of mold varieties can affect your health, but different types will affect people differently. The people most at risk for having a mold-related illness are

  • People with mold allergies
  • People with respiratory illnesses
  • People with a compromised immune system

There are several kinds of toxic mold, the most toxic being black mold.

Black Mold

Black mold likes to grow on paper and fabric materials and is very dark in appearance. Sometimes, black mold may look fuzzy or with orange speckles and has a musty odor.

Mildew

Mildew can be found on hard surfaces such as shower walls or vinyl window frames.

Mold and mildew will grow where moisture is present; both can create the same health risks. 

How to Remove Mold from Apartment

If you encounter mold in your apartment, you should act quickly to address the problem. Untreated mold can create damage and cause damage to whatever surface it may be growing on.

1. Know the Source of the Problem

If your mold growth results from water damage, such as a leaky pipe or shower, you’ll need to get your property manager involved.

2. Clean Mold on Hard Surfaces

You can remove mold in your apartment if:

  • It’s on a hard surface, such as your shower walls
  • Not related to moisture, such as a leaking pipe

If your mold is related to moisture caused by water damage, your property manager should immediately contact a mold remediation service.

3. Notify Your Property Manager For Larger Areas

If you have mold as a result of moisture or water damage that is beyond your control, you’ll need to get your property manager involved. Once you contact your property manager, they should take the next step and call a mold remediation professional.

Once you have found mold in your apartment, you should take photos to show to your property manager and document any conversations. Suppose your property manager doesn’t take care of the problem. In that case, you should become familiar with your rights as a tenant and become familiar with NYC Local Law 31.

4. Check Your Renter’s Insurance Policy

If you have structural problems that are beyond your control due to mold growth, you should contact your renter’s insurance agency. As a tenant, you may have coverage that would assist you in getting damaged furniture or clothing replaced. 

When to Contact Exit Mold for Mold Remediation

At Exit Mold, our professionals have served the New York 5 Boroughs Area with rapid and thorough services. We provide practical and safe treatments, offer third-party testing to guarantee results, and can guarantee the best service at a great price.

Mold remediation is essential to keep your apartment and loved ones healthy and safe. Our team of professionals will stop mold in its tracks and prevent its return. 

Contact Exit Mold

If you suspect mold in your apartment, your property manager can contact our professionals today to schedule an in-home inspection

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