Mold Prevention

Mold Information and Prevention Addendum

Please note: It is our goal to maintain a quality living environment for our residents. To help achieve this goal, it is important

to work together to minimize any mold growth in your dwelling. That is why this addendum contains important information

for you, and responsibilities for both you and us.

1. ADDENDUM. This is an addendum to the Lease or Rental

Agreement executed by you, the resident(s), on the dwelling you

have agreed to rent That dwelling is: Apt#

at

(name of apartments)

or other dwelling located at .

(street address)

City/State where dwelling is located .

2. ABOUT MOLD: Mold is found virtually everywhere in our

environment - both indoors and outdoors and in both new and old

structures. Molds are naturally occurring microscopic organisms

which reproduce by spores and have existed practically from the

beginning of time. All of us have lived with mold spores all our lives.

Without molds we would all be struggling with large amounts of

dead organic matter

Mold breaks down organic matter in the environment and uses the

end product for its food Mold spores (like plant pollen) spread

through the air and are commonly transported by shoes, clothing,

and other materials. When excess moisture is present inside a

dwelling, mold can grow. There is conflicting scientific evidence as

to what constitutes a sufficient accumulation of mold which could

lead to adverse health effects. Nonetheless, appropriate

precautions need to be taken.

3. PREVENTING MOLD BEGINS WITH YOU, In order to minimize

the potential for mold growth in your dwelling, you must do the

following:

Keep your dwelling clean - - particularly the kitchen, the

bathroom(s), carpets. and floors. Regular vacuuming,

mopping and using a household cleaner to clean hard surfaces

is important to remove the household dirt and debris that

harbor mold or food for mold. Immediately throw away moldy

4. IN ORDER TO AVOID MOLD GROWTH, it is important to prevent

excessive moisture buildup in your dwelling Failure to promptly pay

attention to leaks and moisture that might accumulate on dwelling

surfaces or that might get inside walls or ceilings can encourage

mold growth. Prolonged moisture can result from a wide variety of

sources, such as:

rainwater leaking from roofs, windows, doors and outside

walls as well as flood waters rising above floor level,

overflows from showers, bathtubs, toilets. lavatories, sinks,

washing machines, humidifiers, dehumidifiers. refrigerator or

A/C drip pans or clogged up A/C condensation lines

leaks from plumbing lines or fixtures. and leaks into walls from

bad or missing grouting/caulking around showers, tubs, or

sinks,

washing machines hose leaks plant watering overflows pet

urine, cooking spills, beverage spills and steam from excessive

open-pot cooking

leaks from clothes dryer discharge vents (which can put lots of

moisture into the air), and

. insufficient drying of carpets, carpet pads, shower walls and

bathroom floors.

5. IF SMALL AREAS OF MOLD HAVE ALREADY OCCURRED ON

NON-POROUS SURFACES (such as ceramic tile, Formica , vinyl

flooring, metal, wood or plastic), the federal Environmental

Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that you first clean the areas

with soap (or detergent) and water, let the surface dry, and then

within 24 hours apply a premixed, spray-on-type household biocide,

such as Lysol Disinfectant® Pine-Sol Disinfectant® (original pinescented),

Tilex Mildew Remover® Clorox Cleanup®. (Note:Only

a few of the common household cleaners will actually kill mold).

Tilex® and Clorox® contain bleach which can discolor or stain Be

sure to follow the instructions on the container. Applying biocides

without first cleaning away the dirt and oils from the surface is like

painting over old paint without first cleaning and preparing the

food. surface.

Remove visible moisture accumulation on windows, walls,

ceilings, floors and other surfaces as soon as reasonably

possible. Look for leaks in washing machine hoses and

discharge lines - - especially if the leak is large enough for

water to infiltrate nearby walls. Turn on any exhaust fans in

bathroom and kitchen before you start showering or cooking

with open pots. When showering, be sure to keep the shower

curtain inside the tub or fully close the shower doors. Also, the

experts recommend that after taking a shower or bath, you: (1)

wipe moisture off all shower walls, shower doors, the bathtub

and the bathroom floor, (2) leave the bathroom door open until

all moisture on the mirrors and bathroom walls and tile

surfaces has dissipated; and (3) hang up your towels and bath

mats so they will completely dry out.

. Promptly notify us in writing about any air conditioning or

heating system problems you discover Follow our rules, if

any, regarding replacement of air filters. Also, it is

recommended that you periodically open windows and doors

on days when the outdoor weather is dry (i.e. humidity is below

50 percent) to help humid areas of your dwelling dry out.

Promptly notify us in writing about any signs of water leaks,

water infiltration or mold. We will respond in accordance with

state law and the Rental Agreement to repair or remedy the

situation, as necessary

Always clean and apply a biocide to an area 5 or 6 times larger than

any visible mold because mold may be adjacent in quantities not yet

visible to the naked eye, A vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency

particulate air (HEPA) filter can be used to help remove non-visible

mold products from porous items, such as fibers in sofas, chairs,

drapes and carpets - - provided the fibers are completely dry.

Machine washing or dry cleaning will remove mold from clothes.

6. DO NOT CLEAN OR APPLY BIOCIDES TO: (1) visible mold on

porous surfaces, such as sheet rock walls or ceilings, or (2) large

areas of visible mold on non-porous surfaces. Instead, notify us in

writing, and we will take appropriate action in compliance with state

law, subject to special exceptions for natural disasters.

7. COMPLIANCE. Complying with this addendum will help prevent

mold growth in your dwelling, and both you and we will be able to

respond correctly if problems develop that could lead to mold

growth. If you have questions regrading this addendum, please

contact us at the management office or at the phone number shown

in your Rental Agreement.

If you fail to comply with this Addendum, you can be held

responsible for property damage to the dwelling and any health

problems that may result. We can't fix problems in your

dwelling unless we know about them.

 

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