Mould growth can occur in buildings where water has infiltrated areas due to heavy rains, plumbing failures, flooding or high humidity. It is important to report water leaks or water ingress events as soon as possible to help prevent mould growth.



After notifying the appropriate department, a representative will follow-up regarding the reported concern. An investigation for potential mould contamination will be conducted if:

  • Occupant(s) report the presence of potential mould growth
  • Occupant(s) report symptoms associated with mould exposure
  • Water damage is noted
  • Musty odours are present

The extent of water damage or mould growth will be determined through a visual inspection and a scope of work will be determined. Select testing may be used in the initial assessment as part of mould identification and to delineate the extent of water intrusion/moisture and suspect mould issues.

Mould remediation

A primary objective in all mould remediation is to identify the causes of moisture and eliminate or control them. Once moisture is brought under control, remediation activities can begin. The level of remediation required will depend on the size of the area impacted by mould growth.

All mould remediations at SFU are carried out by qualified contractors in accordance with the methods recommended by WorkSafe BC.