What to Do If You Find an Infestation at Your Self-Storage Facility

Discovering mold inside your structures would be a surprise for any self-storage operator. It won’t just ruin tenants’ goods, it poses a serious health risk. Although it’s best to prevent mold from growing in the first place, here’s what to do if you find it.
Judy Olsen | Aug 26, 2019

Owning a self-storage company comes with risk. Tenants expect their possessions to be safe Although in storage space. If they confirm their items and see some have been hurt in one way or another, you can expect a complaint at the very least, or a lawsuit at the worst.

So many unfortunate things can happen to a storage space unit, from a break-in to a vermin invasion to fire or flood. Then there’s mold, a nightmare infestation that won’t just damage belongings but provides a potential health risk. Of course, it’s best to prevent mold from ever growing at your storage facility; but if it does, here’s some guidance on what to do.

Identifying the Problem
Mold forms and thrives anywhere there’s excess moisture. There are different types of mold, and their appearance may range from fuzzy to slimy. They also come in different colors, including black, green, white, orange and purple.

If there’s water accumulation in your storage building due to the fact of a leaky roof, wrong plumbing, overflowing gutters or humid air, mold will likely develop slowly over time and eventually wreak havoc on items made of paper, wood, fabric and upholstery. Worse, mildew spores can trigger sensitive reactions and respiratory issues among other complications in workers and tenants. If you find mold formations in any of your structures, you must deal together with the problem as soon as possible.

Always check your buildings following a storm. The roof could have a leak, allowing rainwater to seep inside, which could create mold. Regularly check the walls for patches or spots. If you catch a musty odor in your building, it could be an indication of mold.

DIY (Do It Yourself) Clean-Up
If you or a tenant finds out mold inside a building, it’s important to act swiftly. If you plan to remove it yourself, take the following steps.

Identify the source of the moisture. Before you start removing the mold, you must track down the source of the wetness causing it. It could be a leaky roof, busted plumbing system or too much humidity in the air. You need to determine where all that excess moisture came from so you can address it and prevent further mold damage.

Remove the mold. Wear protective gear such as rubber gloves, goggles and work clothing that can be dumped into the trash when the job’s done. As for materials, you’re going to need rags, a pail, a scrub brush, non-ammonia soap or detergent, bleach, and an electric fan. Here’s what to do once you’ve collected it all: