The best way to prevent the growth of indoor mould is to make sure mould spores do not have the food and moisture that will permit their growth:
- Clean your bathrooms regularly and keep them dry by using your bathroom fan when showering or bathing.
- Use the kitchen fan to limit the moisture created in your home through cooking.
- Fix water leaks and condensation problems as soon as possible. Windows that have condensation problems in the winter should be cleaned regularly.
- Dry any water damaged building materials or furnishings within 48 hours. If something cannot be dried quickly it should be discarded.
If you are a tenant, all the precautions above apply to you also. If there is a problem you cannot resolve on your own, advise your landlord as soon as possible, and if the landlord has not taken action to resolve a mould problem in a reasonable amount of time contact the Landlord Tenant Board and report the problem to your local municipal Bylaw department.