Carpeting is the number one floor covering in most homes. It provides warmth, decor statements, tends to be low maintenance, and has overall comfort over hardwood or laminate flooring. Carpets are also a great trap for dust and allergens, which can be easier on your respiratory system than kicking up the particles from hardwood floors.
However, with all these advantages, there is one negative to carpeting – mold.
How Does Mold Grow Under Carpet?
Mold is all around you, even if you can’t see it. Mold spores are tiny, and invisible to the naked eye. When these spores land on wet surfaces, they only require two other things to begin growing quickly – an organic food source and oxygen – both of which are found in carpeting.
When carpet gets wet (or even a little damp) from a flood or small leak, it can become a breeding ground for mold, and it can happen quickly. If not handled properly and promptly, the mold will simply keep returning and multiplying underneath your carpeting.
Signs of a Moldy Carpet
If your carpet has gotten wet and was not dried completely within 48 hours, carpet mold may already be a problem. If you notice discoloration or visible signs of mold growth (anything that looks fuzzy in appearance), that is the start of carpet mold.
Keep in mind that just because you can’t see the mold, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Spotting mold in your carpeting isn’t as easy as seeing it on bathroom walls. Carpeting is good at hiding traces of mold. While the carpet itself may not be touched by the mold, the padding beneath it may be affected.
Preventing Carpet Mold
Preventing carpet mold starts immediately when you realize there’s a moisture problem. Try to keep your floor dry. Keeping humidity away from carpeting is key. Run dehumidifiers in areas that are prone to moisture like basements, bathrooms, or laundry rooms. This will help keep the moisture levels low and decrease the chances of mold growth in your carpet.
If a leak or flooding occurs, a professional is necessary to remove the water and dry out the affected area. While you may believe you’ve removed all the water from the carpeting, chances are there is still moisture lurking far beneath the carpeting that you can’t see.
Professionals are trained to dry out the carpeting with dehumidifiers and large fans. They’ll also know what signs to look for if the carpeting can be salvaged or will need to be replaced to keep your home free of mold.
At McMahon Services, our mold remediation team is trained in removing mold from water damage. Our services include:
- Certified technicians ready for emergency repairs 24/7
- We are licensed, insured, and bonded
- Experienced in troubleshooting to find the source of the water and fix the problem so mold doesn’t return
- Clean the contents of your home and evaluate the structural integrity to ensure it is safe and mold-free
- State of the art equipment for mold removal and remediation services
Call us today for a free consultation, our technicians are standing by 24/7 to help with emergency services if water damage happens outside of normal hours!