By now, almost everyone knows about the harmful health effects of mold. This unattractive substance can stain your walls, floors, and bathroom fixtures, but, more importantly, it can exacerbate asthma and respiratory allergies in you and your family. If someone in your home suffers from emphysema or COPD, a mold-infested home can cause serious complications. One place where mold can often hide is in your carpets, so you need to know how to detect and remove it.
Mold flies around in the air, but when it falls on a wet or damp spot, it can take up residence and thrive. Carpets can provide a perfect environment for mold, particularly when they are below ground, such as in a basement. If you have carpeting in the bathroom or kitchen, naturally damp areas, you are also at risk for moldy carpets. Another danger is when a carpet, both area or wall to wall, has ever become soaked from overflowing sinks, tubs, or plumbing leaks.
You can identify possible mold problems in several ways. You may notice the tell-tale musty smell that mold brings to carpets and other mold-infested areas. If you or family members exhibit an increase in allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, coughing, and breathing issues, increased home mold may be the reason. A really good way to spot mold growth is to lift up a corner of the carpet and check for stains or discoloration on the floor. If you spot this evidence, you need to take serious mold removal steps.
Although there are some DIY mold removal steps you can take, to be safe, you should have an expert in mold removal come to your home for an evaluation. If the carpet can be safely cleaned, a trained crew can do it quickly and efficiently. In some instances, having your carpet removed is the healthier choice. Instead of replacing the carpet in damp areas, consider installing alternative flooring such as stamped concrete in the basement and hardwood flooring in other areas. Ask your local contractor, like those at 3 R's Construction Management LLC or a similar location, about your options.
You need to be on the look out for mold infestation in all areas of your home, especially in your carpet. Wet or damp carpet makes the perfect breeding ground for mold spores. If you discover mold infestation, contact a mold remediation specialist and consider removing carpet from damp areas. That way you can help prevent a recurrence of this health-threatening condition.