Mold Remediation – Calgary

Indoor air quality is essential to one’s health because we spend most of our time indoors.  Mold not only affects the surface on which it grows, but the air in which we breathe. Mold damages organic material on which it resides.  If present on structural materials of a property it can degrade to the point of loss in integrity. Recent research speculates that mold may be the cause of several illnesses such as asthma, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, cancer, and chronic inflammatory response syndrome.

MSZ Restoration and Contracting offers mold inspections and removals.  We adhere to industry standards in the performance of mold removal.  Our teams are trained to industry standards and we use the best possible equipment to ensure that our jobs run efficiently and smoothly. When comparing a quote from MSZ with a competing quote, we encourage you to do a fair comparison and be sure to ask the right questions.

Our clients are provided with detailed quotes; independent lab results for any air quality, mold or asbestos sampling; a scope of work; remediation/abatement plan; and a written contract.

Your Classification Guide to Common Mold Types

Mold Colonies

Molds (also spelled “moulds”) are simple, microscopic organisms that can grow virtually anywhere, both inside buildings and outdoors. Mold colonies can grow inside damp or wet building structures. And mold spores are a common component of household and workplace dust.

Health effects from exposure to mold can vary greatly depending on the person and the amount and type of mold present.

Regardless of the type of mold, it should be treated as potentially a health hazard and should be removed from homes and workplaces.

Common Types of Mold Found in Homes and Businesses

Absidia

Acremonium

Alternaria

Aspergillus

Aureobasidium

Chaetomium

Chrysonilia

Cladosporium

Curvularia

Emericella

Epicoccum

Eurotium

Fusarium

Geomyces

Geotrichum

Gliocladium

Gliomastix

Memnoniella

Mucor

Myrothecium

Oidiodendron

Paecilomyces

Penicillium

Phialophora

Phoma

Scopulariopsis

Sistotrema

Stachybotrys

Trichoderma

Ulocladium

Wallemia

Common Mold Types Found in Homes and Their Hazard Classes

Hazard Classes of Indoor Mold

Black Mold Spores

In some countries indoor fungi have been grouped into 3 hazard classes based on associated health risk. These classes are similar to risk groups assigned to microorganisms handled in laboratory environments.

  • Hazard Class A: includes fungi or their metabolic products that are highly hazardous    to health. These fungi or metabolites should not be present in occupied dwellings. Presence of these fungi in occupied buildings requires immediate
  • Hazard class B: includes those fungi which may cause allergic reactions to occupants if present indoors over a long period.
  • Hazard Class C: includes fungi not known to be a hazard to health. Growth of these fungi indoors, however, may cause economic damage and therefore should not be allowed.
Molds commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms
  • Cladosporium cladosporioides (hazard class B)
  • Cladosporium sphaerospermum (hazard class C)
  • Ulocladium botrytis (hazard class C)
  • Chaetomium globosum (hazard class C)
  • Aspergillus fumigatus (hazard class A)
Molds commonly found on wallpapers
  • Cladosporium sphaerospermum
  • Chaetomium spp., particularly Chaetomium globosum
  • Doratomyces spp (no information on hazard classification)
  • Fusarium spp (hazard class A)
  • Stachybotrys chartarum, commonly called ‘black mold‘ (hazard class A)
  • Trichoderma spp (hazard class B)
  • Scopulariopsis spp (hazard class B)
Molds commonly found on mattresses and carpets
  • Penicillium spp., especially Penicillium chrysogenum (hazard class B) and Penicillium aurantiogriseum (hazard class B)
  • Aspergillus versicolor (hazard class A)
  • Aureobasidium pullulans (hazard class B)
  • Aspergillus repens (no information on hazard classification)
  • Wallemia sebi (hazard class C)
  • Chaetomium spp., particularly Chaetomium globosum
  • Scopulariopsis spp.
Molds commonly found on window frames
  • Aureobasidium pullulans
  • Cladosporium sphaerospermum
  • Ulocladium spp.
Molds commonly found in basement (cellars)
  • Aspergillus versicolor
  • Aspergillus fumigatus
  • Fusarium spp.
Molds commonly found in flower pot soil
  • Aspergillus fumigatus
  • Aspergillus niger (hazard class A)
  • Aspergillus flavus (hazard class A)