Preventing Water Damage In Rental PropertiesMake Text Bigger
Hi, I’m Steve Dalloway and I’ve been asked to write a series of short articles for Property118 focussing on preventing water damage in rental properties.
As a Landlord and a member of the NLA (National Landlords Association) myself, sometimes it’s very frustrating to see the state that some people leave bathrooms in when they depart from your property. This is the first in a series of six articles so please watch this space for more hints and tips being released every week day for the next week or so.
Older properties seem to suffer more than most when it comes to water damage. However, even new properties can get in a right mess too.
The main two complaints we hear about are mould growth and water damage caused by overflows or leaks.
The good news is there is stuff out there that can really help you overcome these problems and I will be sharing information about these in this series of articles.
Let’s start with the major pain in bathrooms. From a building and renovation point of view, there are certain things you can do to make the bathroom last longer between refurbishments and that saves a lot of time and money.
From my standpoint there are a few things the conscientious landlord needs to do to combat the “dreaded black mould”. They are not really hard to do either, it’s a bit of the “blimey that’s obvious” once you know……
Mould really needs three things to grow.
- A warm environment
- A moist environment
- Something to grow on ( Shampoo / Conditioner / Soap / Dirt and Other Stuff……)
So it’s not surprising that the bathroom fits these above criteria down to a tee.
So what would be my top tips to keep the mould at bay ?
- Make sure the bathroom has a decent radiator to give some warmth.
- Fit a good quality “humidity sensing” extractor fan – This is a must.
- Use sealant that does not go black and mouldy and yes one exists.
- Use shower curtains as opposed to Bath Screens as they are better in keeping water in the bath.
- Use a system to seal in bathtubs and shower trays that prevents mould growth and stops leaks happening and yes this exists too.
- Consider the ultimate solution for preventing overflows
Heating the bathroom……
This is difficult as tenants tend to throw wet towels over the bathroom radiator to dry them.
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