How to Know if Mold is in Your CarpetDecember 27, 2017 10:35 am
Having mold in your house is never a good thing, but sometimes it can be hard to prevent that from happening. If you’re living in a high-humidity area or have experienced even a small amount of water damage, you’re bound to encounter some mold every once in a while. Additionally, plumbing leaks can cause mold and mildew growth as well – especially if the water ends up on or under your carpet.
In addition to being hard to look at, mold and mildew can cause a variety of health problems. Mold spores are so small that they often become airborne, and thus easy to breathe in. Once you’ve been exposed to mold, you stand a bigger risk of developing an allergic reaction or an asthma attack. On the other hand, types of mold that don’t become airborne are likely to settle in your carpet and keep growing.
No matter which molds you’re dealing with, it’s imperative to deal with them as soon as possible. In order to do that, you first need to determine whether you actually have mold in your carpet. Fortunately, this is a fairly simple task.
1. Look for any circular stains of black, brown or green color on your carpet. This is one of the easiest ways to confirm you’re dealing with mold and mildew.
2. Smell your carpet for any musty or pungent odors. Be careful, however! Your nose should come no closer than 2 inches from the carpet, and you should make sure not to inhale too deeply or inspect a single area for more than a second or so.
3. Check whether the stained area is moist or not. Moisture stains are another indicator of mold.
4. Finally, you should inspect the back side of the carpet as well. Use a screwdriver to peel up the corner closest to the stained area; then, pull your carpet back and take a closer look at the back side and the pad.
Found some mold? No need to panic. The first thing you should do is remove both the carpet and the pad beneath it. Moldy carpets that aren’t too damaged can be professionally cleaned, but make sure to dry it first. Before installing a new carpet, clean and disinfect the subfloor and repair any continuing sources of moisture.
If you need a home mold test kit, you should be able to find one in any home improvement store. Before you start cleaning the mold, put on gloves, eye protection and a breathing mask – they’re all excellent at filtering out mold and mildew spores. However, it is simply a starting point to identifying mold in your home. For a thorough inspection we always recommend consulting with a professional company like Coastline Environmental Solutions. We have the proper equipment and experience to resolve the issue without harmful health risks.
Vincent J. Attardo is the President/CEO of Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc. He provides Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigations, mold and bacteria testing, water damage/mold remediation and repair, and is available for consultation and public speaking. For more information please visit www.coastlineclean.com. Readers may contact him at 800-847-3867 or email at [email protected]