Mould Testing and Remediation Strategy
Moulds and fungi are common microorganisms and they play an important role in the decomposition of material in the natural environment. Moisture intrusion in buildings as a result of flooding, leaks, poor construction, excess humidity or condensation can cause moulds and fungi to grow in the indoor environment. Mould contamination is most commonly found on wood, drywall, wallpaper, carpeting, fabric and ceiling tiles.
Common genera of mould found in moisture damaged buildings include Stachybotrys, Penicillium, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, and Alternaria. Some species of mould are allergenic and can aggravate or lead to adverse health effects. Many moulds produce mycotoxins that are harmful. Symptoms of mould exposure may include:
AirVironment Canada's services related to mould include:
AHS - Alberta Health Services publishes a fact sheet on Mouldy Homes and Building, which includes information on health risks, sources of mould contamination, and remediation guidelines.
USEPA - The US Environmental Protection Agency provides information on moulds and moisture including resources for homeowners and schools. Learn more >
Health Canada - Health Canada provides information about the risks associated with mould contamination and health guidelines for air quality. Learn more >