A Guide to Mould

Picture of mouldy tub with a rubber duck toy

What is mould? 

  • Moulds are fungi, a group of organisms that also includes mushrooms and yeast.
  • They are present everywhere in the natural environment.
Water condensation on windows during winter

Water condensation on windows during winter.

How does mould grow?

  • Mould requires water or moisture and other nutrients to grow.
  • Mould grows when materials remain wet or damp.

How can mould affect you?

  • Moulds may cause negative health effects; however, individuals can have their own specific sensitivity to mould.
  • Moulds do not harm the majority of the population.
  • Moulds can damage and stain wood, drywall, carpet, furniture or other materials in your home.

How can you prevent mould in your home?

Keep your home dry by:

  • Repairing any water leaks in basements, roofs or plumbing.
  • Add exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Let air circulate by opening windows.
  • Use a dehumidifier.
  • Immediately clean and dry any areas damaged by water.
  • Regularly wipe condensation from windows in the winter.

What should you do if you have mould?

  • Clean small areas of mould with detergent and water.
  • Notify your landlord to correct water leakage problems.
  • Contact a professional to clean large areas of mould.