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MOLD UPDATE (by OREO [WI]) Mar 28, 2024 3:02 PM
       MOLD UPDATE (by OREO [WI]) Mar 28, 2024 3:09 PM
       MOLD UPDATE (by plenty [MO]) Mar 28, 2024 4:07 PM
       MOLD UPDATE (by Busy [WI]) Mar 28, 2024 5:27 PM
       MOLD UPDATE (by Pat [VA]) Mar 28, 2024 6:45 PM
       MOLD UPDATE (by 6x6 [TN]) Mar 28, 2024 10:39 PM
       MOLD UPDATE (by OREO [WI]) Mar 28, 2024 10:42 PM

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MOLD UPDATE (by OREO [WI]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2024 3:02 PM

...continued from earlier post

HOOSIER; thank you for your post and experience in this matter. Yes; mold is everywhere. Looking back at your mold addendum list, I'm constructing one and adding ideas from others. I do have several of yours already in the "RULES" attachment of the current lease.

We interviewed several contractors for remediation estimates without tenant invited. Tenant tried to interfere, I ushered her out at once; she hasn't tried since. I'm delighted with who we have hired to help us currently. My choice was the first contractor I had come. First time we met, he brought along and immediately installed his "demo" air scrubber. This new tech scrubber is used in hospitals (extensively during COVID), sports locker rooms, space program, and more. The tenant noticed results in the basement within a week...we put another scrubber in her office after she removed all her belongings from it. I am so impressed with this contractor. He is a LL, he gave me a lawyer he has worked with, he gave me an A++ mold remediator who has been in business for years. He's also testified in mold cases. After all is done, he will retest all areas, take pics and forward them to me at no extra charge. I plan to have her sign something regarding her responsibilities when all is said and done, quoting her words "I may have to move for my health..." and giving her an "out" with no consequences for breaking her lease.

Tenant's mold tester advised her to toss everything she isn't attached to. I'm going there Saturday to see how far she's gotten.

On the positive side, everything we are doing will increase the value of the property and are things we planned to do before selling. She's getting rid of lots of stuff; moving will not be as overwhelming when it's time.. I feel I can coax her out as the very few others I've "convinced" in the past 45 years that had to go. If not, when her current lease ends she will not want to be there anymore. One attachment of my lease is labeled tenant rules. On the cover, it states, as issues arise, this attachment may be updated at any time.

To be continued as things progress...


MOLD UPDATE (by OREO [WI]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2024 3:09 PM

BUSY: As you said, that you do not believe she's looking for a lawsuit, but results, I also believe that and am proceeding by doing overkill. If I do not continue to stay positive, I'll not make it through being the project manager.

That doesn't mean I'm not heeding the advice of others who have more experience with this. This is a great group that Jeffrey has put together for us, which I am truly greatful for. --75.11.xx.xx

MOLD UPDATE (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2024 4:07 PM

This is a good update. You are an excellent landlord. Glad you found the right contractor. Soon this will be behind you.

MOLD UPDATE (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2024 5:27 PM

Awesome! That is very good news.

MOLD UPDATE (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2024 6:45 PM

I'm curious about the scrubber? I purchased 3 Uvilizers a few months ago and used them in our empty rental in January, but have not used them here at my home yet. It is an ozone machine. So not the same thing? You cannot be in the room with this.

MOLD UPDATE (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2024 10:39 PM

Sounds like a plan in action.

MOLD UPDATE (by OREO [WI]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2024 10:42 PM

Hi Pat, no these are not ozone machines. I bought them from the company who is helping me with everything. I haven't been able to find these specific ones anywhere else. I also am having them serviced quarterly and annually. The service provider will be able to tell me whether the tenant is keeping them on or not when he comes to service them.

Amazon sells air scrubbers that you can service yourself by easily changing the filters. The filters are expensive, but being able to service them yourself will save you the quarterly and annual service fee I am paying.

The next step when the remediators come in, they use a strong HEPA machine to clean all surfaces. Then they spray the surfaces with a product that keeps the mold from returning and run fans and dehumidifiers so all surfaces dry out. The air scrubbers continue to keep the air clean.

These are made to be able to put next to your bed and sleep in the same room if you so desire. I may purchase one for myself as my allergies get awful in the summer with the humidity here. They deactivate the mold on surfaces and in the air. They come in a couple sizes: A smaller one handles 2000sq ft area; the larger a 4000sq ft area. We have the larger one in the basement area; the smaller first in the small room she said smelled like mold..will be checking it likely this weekend as that one was put in approx. a week ago. I'll update as things progress. --75.11.xx.xx

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