If you have experienced any moisture damage in your home, you may be dealing with a mold growth risk. Mold can cause health problems as well as look and smell bad. It is not something you want to deal with in your home. If your home has a cool, damp basement, you have a higher risk of mold growth since these are optimal conditions for mold growth. Carpet Care 2000 is here to talk about signs that are there when you have mold growing on your carpet.
My House Smells Musty. Do I Have Mold?
If you notice your carpet feels slightly damp and has a musty odor, this is a classic sign of mold growth. Mold has a very specific, earthy smell. You don’t have to experience any water damage to have moisture present. If you live in an area that has high levels of humidity, you run the risk of mold growth. If your house has recently had any water damage due to a burst pipe, or a hose left on accidentally outside, it isn’t hard to recognize the problem you have on your hands. Getting your carpets dried as soon as possible is crucial in avoiding mold growth when accidents like this happen.
Heightened Symptoms of Allergy
If you suffer from allergies or other respiratory illnesses such as asthma and have mold spores in your home, it can have adverse effects on your health. Many allergy sufferers are allergic to mold. If you notice that you are all of a sudden suffering from severe allergy symptoms more than you normally do, this is a sign that mold is present in your home somewhere. This is especially true if you notice they are worse when you are at home, but get better once you leave. In this case, you will want to have your carpeting inspected by a professional to rule out any potential mold in your carpeting.
Presence of Mold On or Under Carpet on Pad
Of course, if you can visibly see mold on or under your carpeting, this means you have a mold problem. Mold can be spots that are either green, white or black in color. It usually shows up as patches or spots on your carpeting. If you don’t notice it on the surface of your carpeting, but can still smell it or are experiencing symptoms of mold, try lifting up the carpet to check the pad underneath. You may see discoloration on the carpet padding, but not on the carpet surface itself. Once you can see mold like this, it is considered an advanced mold problem. At this point, a professional can tell you whether or not your carpet is salvageable.
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The only way to truly rule out mold on your carpeting, is having a professional carpet cleaning company such as Carpet Care 2000 inspect your carpeting. After having a thorough inspection done, mold can either be ruled out or treated, depending on the severity of the problem. If you are experiencing any of the signs listed above, don’t hesitate to call and have your carpeting inspected.