A crucial element of apartment ownership and maintenance is the management of moisture. The simple reality of apartment living is that you’re living with potentially dozens of other people in a single block, making it hard for air to flow through your home when compared to a more open house.
As a result, it’s best to make sure that you’ve got your windows open when available and have fans in your home to increase the airflow, particularly after you’ve had a hot shower or done some kitchen cleaning.
Leaks & Spills
With a roof that is often someone else floor and at least one wall shared with a neighbor, there are plenty of opportunities for your home to incur leaks from pipes or spills. With lower poor airflow and low light, these spots can stay undisturbed quite easily, growing mold and mildew.
Keeping an eye out for potential leaks and spills in your apartment should be a key concern of apartment ownership; if you can clean the spot or fix the leak with 24 hours of it forming, then you have a chance at keeping the growing bacteria away.
This is a suggestion that’s more suited to making sure you’re buying a suitable apartment rather than preventing mold growth, but the result is the same, so it’s worth mentioning. The best way to keep mold and mildew out of your apartment is to make sure you haven’t bought or rented a place that has poor water management.
Check the foundations of the building when looking to buy or rent and see if you can figure out whether the building slopes away from the foundation. A sloped foundation prevents the water from building at the base of the building and keeps moisture around the tower itself from growing over time.
Most mold spores can be transported in the air, and the last thing you want is for your home to get infested because a gust of wind blew over the bog at the bottom of your building.