How to Detect Mold in Carpet

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How to Detect Mold in Carpet

Carpet mold from water damage can be debilitating. Aside from the off-putting sight, the smell can be equally repulsive. Mold in carpet is an indicator of another serious problem – moisture-laden floors. The infested rug is only the tip of the iceberg.

Moisture from the floor seeps through the carpet. The damp carpet creates the perfect condition for the mold to grow and thrive. Finding the mold on time helps you solve an even bigger problem before the damage is too significant to salvage.

Aside from the fungal stains and smell, mold in carpet is harmful to your health. The contamination goes beyond the carpet to the air around. It is vital to quickly identify and find a solution before the infestation contaminates your entire home.

There are Ways to Identify Carpet Mold Symptoms Quickly:

Examine the Carpet for Moisture Around the Suspected Area

Mold grows in humid environments. Damp floor from percolating water underneath the slab or drainage problems turns rugs into a mold breeding ground. Look for wetness around circular patches or stains on your carpet.

Do not touch the moldy area with your bare hands. Wear gloves to inspect the wet regions. The hand gear protects you from contaminating yourself with mold spores.

Look Underneath the Carpet for Fungal Growth

Mold does not need oxygen to grow – this is why it grows under the carpet. Look for colored stains under the rug. There can also be white, green, white, and black mold under the carpet pad. 

Mold sometimes grows under the carpet before manifesting on the surface. You may notice the carpet’s off-putting smell without signs of fungus on the surface. A close examination of the bottom of the rug can affirm fungal growth. 

Inspect the Carpet Fiber for Mold Stains

If you suspect the mold is inside the rug, you can probe the contaminated area with a screwdriver. A moldy rug fiber easily comes off because the mold interferes with the weave pattern and weakens the fiber strength.

Analyze the rug for Mold Smell

Do not breathe too close to the mold stain as a cautionary measure. A heavy concentration of mold growth has a musty or earthy smell. You may end up inhaling mold spores, which are harmful to your health.

Signs and Symptoms from Your Health

Mold in carpet from water damage can trigger allergic reactions and respiratory conditions. The symptoms improve when you are away from the contaminated area. If you are having allergic reactions for no apparent reason when you are near your carpet, mold could be the reason behind your dwindling health.

The Respiratory and Allergic Symptoms from Mold include

  • Nasal Congestion
  • Breathing accompanied by wheezing.
  • Coughs and sneezes from spore inhalation.
  • Irritation from spore accumulation in the airways.
  • Skin irritation
  • Headaches
  • Tearing
  • Itching

Getting Mold Out of Carpet

Mold in carpet is a sign of a deep fitting problem. There could be a drainage problem in the house, causing water to percolate under your floor slab. The foundation could also be faulty. There could be faulty plumbing. Once you ascertain that your carpet has mold, hire professionals to contain the mold situation.

Contract the services of a professional mold removal company to get to the root of the problem. Salvaging your rug depends on the magnitude of the problem. Sometimes the best solution could be buying a new rug.

Contractor Plumbing License and it’s CFC1431245.

Contact a Water Damage Solutions Company

At All Pro Restoration LLC, we are committed to ensuring your home is free from mold. We have the equipment to assess, remove mold and improve the safety of your home. You can call us at 239-217-1616 for more information on carpet restoration and mold remediation services in Miami. You may also request a quote online.