Could There Be Mold in Your Carpets?

By: christineh Tuesday January 1, 2019 comments

If you are a homeowner, there are probably a few things that make you terrified—termites, roof leaks, and burst pipes being among them. But one other thing that can be quite scary is the existence of mold in your home, be it in the air ducts, walls, or carpeting.

Mold can produce allergens that trigger breathing problems, skin irritations, and sinus problems including a runny nose and watery eyes. Carpet is especially susceptible because it can absorb moisture, a breeding ground for mold. 

How do you tell if you have mold in your carpeting? And what can you do about the mold?

How To Tell If You Have Mold In Your Carpet 

There are a few things to look for when it comes to mold in your carpet. These include:

  • If you notice a stale, dank odor from your carpet or a discoloration that can’t be otherwise explained, then you could have mildewing carpet, a sign of mold. 
  • If you walk barefoot and realize that the carpet is wet, then it may be a sign of mold in the carpet or underneath on the carpet padding.
  • Growing mold that is visible in the carpeting. Although this one is easy to spot, it is the rarest sign that you have a mold infection.

If you suspect that you have mold in your carpet, then it will be necessary to take a sample to a specialist to determine if it has, in fact, mold spores. If this is the case, then chances are the easiest fix is going to be to remove the carpet and padding and put in new ones.

If you try cleaning it, then there is a high probability that the mold will simply grow back later.

How to Prevent Mold in Your Carpet

Rather than dealing with the problem after it happens, it is best to be preventative when it comes to mold.

One way to do this is to make sure that you don’t install carpet in bathrooms or kitchens, areas that are more likely to have extra moisture or water accumulation. In the same way, you should never allow water to remain standing for any length of time. If the carpet does get wet, dry it as quickly as possible before mold can take hold. 

If you get mold in your carpet, it could require you to replace everything, even the padding. Because of that, you should make sure that you install the carpet properly and take care of it so that it doesn’t have to be thrown out from a mold infestation.

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