Mould is a known health hazard for tenants and a serious issue for many landlords, housing associations and local authorities. Managing and preventing mould growth is critical to ensuring the ongoing health and safety of your tenants.
Mould in social housing is a growing issue, failing to deal with it can be costly for any landlord or housing association.
Some problems faced by tenants have been highlighted in reports from ITV news and Panorama, with the number of tenant mould claims beginning to increase. The objective now is to protect the health of your tenants and to avoid financial and reputational damage to your organisation. Prevention is far easier than trying to eradicate it once it has taken hold in a property.
Causes of Mould
The primary causes of damp and mould in a property are excess moisture, high humidity, and poor air circulation. Moisture and damp can be a problem for tenants and landlords alike.
In a property, these can be caused by structural factors such as poor ventilation and leaking pipes and roofs. Under section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, it is the landlord's responsibility to resolve mould issues caused by structural faults. Failure to do so can result in legal action being taken by tenants.
Human factors can also cause mould infestations to occur in properties. Drying laundry, cooking and showering can all trap moisture inside and can lead to damp and mould.
Mould prevention is far better than trying to remove it once an infestation has taken hold.
Mould prevention in a rented property should be the priority of any landlord or housing association. However, regular building inspections can be time consuming and costly.
Social Housing Monitoring
Remote monitoring equipment is a cost-effective solution to prevent damp, and mould from forming. It monitors the environmental factors that can lead to mould infestations.
Sensors can be installed in a property to capture useful measurements, such as:
- Temperature Monitoring
- Humidity Monitoring
- Dew Point Monitoring
- Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Ventilation Monitoring
By using smart technology to monitor the air quality you can identify conditions that will be favourable for mould formation and deal with them.
How Can CDL Help?
Caption Data Ltd has more than 13 Years of knowledge in terms of taking environmental measurements. Our smart monitoring solutions provide insights via the CDLSmartHub web-based platform.
Our systems were originally developed for use in water-damaged properties and soon became adopted for social housing applications.
The technology has evolved so technicians can effectively install systems with the minimum of training. This is a key factor in terms of adoption within organisations.
The SmartHub platform provides insights in terms of identifying properties that are at risk of mould growth. This can then flow into tenant education and/or any potential property improvements that may be needed.
Benefits of CDL Smart monitoring Solutions
- Reduce the risk of being named and shamed in the media as you have exercised due diligence in terms of managing the problem
- Prevent tenant claims associated with poor indoor air quality and mould growth - smart tools can assist with minimising exposure
- Provide evidence to combat any inbound claims ‘more evidence beats less evidence’
- Provide evidence to assist with tenant education e.g.
- Drying washing with windows closed
- Over occupancy
- Opening doors and windows when cooking or showering
If you are looking to install CDL’s mould monitoring solutions into any of your properties then please get in touch to see how we can assist you.
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Effects of damp: not just on the building but tenants’ health!.
- Nearly 11,000 tenants have claimed compensation for damp, leaks, and damage in their council homes.
- Local authorities in England have paid out more than £35m in compensation and legal fees.
- The latest local government budget data shows £1.7bn a year earmarked for maintaining and repairing council properties..
Damp Social Housing – How can the Internet of Things help?
It’s a simple equation: the more fresh air being circulated through a facility, the lower the level of risk.
One key measurement is the Co2 level. The amount of Co2 level present indicates the efficacy of air turnover. The higher the Co2, the poorer the air turnover and, therefore, the higher the risk of airborne bacteria’s. There are well documented levels of temperature and relative humidity above which viruses are more likely to flourish. Therefore, it is important to assess how well your facility performs, in terms of temperature levels and relative humidity, so you can strive to operate at conditions which minimise virus spread.
For example, if you have a heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) system and filtration is being used then monitoring the performance of those filters is essential. Should they become blocked, they become less efficient and will alter the levels of air throughput.
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