Besides ruining perfectly good flooring, furniture, and home decor, mold growth can cause serious health problems, up to and including early onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia if left untreated. It also exacerbates pre-existing respiratory problems—like allergies and asthma—and reduces indoor air quality.
If you want to know how to spot and prevent mold growth in your home, keep reading for our top tips and tricks.
Mold is a fungus that thrives in dark, damp, and humid spaces and requires three primary factors to grow: moisture, oxygen, and a surface on which it can grow. That’s why damp carpet is a breeding ground for mold. Carpet retains moisture easily, which creates the ideal environment for mold spores traveling through the air to latch on and multiply. Mold can grow not only on the carpet itself but also on the padding and flooring beneath it.
Mold is most often found on carpeted areas in or near bathrooms, kitchens, basements, laundry rooms, and water heaters because they’re most susceptible to water leaks and spills.
If mold has grown rampant on your carpet, it’s sometimes possible to tell just by looking at it.
You can see mold and mildew spores growing on the carpet, which are often identified by white, black, blue, red, or green stains. Carpet that contains visible mold growth will likely need to be replaced.
Wet carpet hosts the ideal conditions for mold growth. Just like carpet with visible mold stains, wet carpet will likely need to be replaced.
If the padding directly under your carpet is wet, mold will begin to grow there as well, often spreading down into the wooden subfloor. This padding may need to be replaced along with the carpet itself.
If your carpet gives off musty or sour smells or has discolored white sections, it has succumbed to mold growth.
Mold growth can put your family at risk of developing various health issues. Common health-related signs of mold growth in the home include the following:
The sooner you can eliminate mold and stop the spread, the better. Here are our professional recommendations for removing and preventing mold growth in your home.
Get the carpet completely dry to stop the growth of mold spores. You can do this by directing fans on the carpet, opening doors and windows, and using towels to absorb moisture. We also recommend bumping down the temperature on your thermostat, as mold grows more rapidly in warm environments.
Disinfect the moldy sections of the carpet. You can create a mold-killing concoction at home to save time and money on store-bought cleaners.
Mold can resurface at any point—especially in the same area as before—so don’t let your guard down. Here are several ways you can prevent mold from resurfacing on your carpet.
When cleaning mold-infested carpet, keep yourself and your family safe by wearing latex gloves, an N-95 face mask, and goggles. Carefully dispose of all used safety gear when finished, and wash your hands thoroughly to remove any traces of mold and spores.
Whether the methods outlined above didn’t work or you don’t feel comfortable removing mold growth on your own, call on the mold removal experts for assistance. Don’t put yourself, your family, or your home at risk.
As the leading mold removal professionals in Kansas City, you can count on the Power Dry team to get the job done right the first time. From carpet drying to mold removal and remediation, we do it all to give you greater peace of mind.