Mold growth is a problem that plagues homes in dry areas, humid areas, and everything in between. Water in a home can result from a plumbing leak, roof leak, severely inclement weather (tornado, hurricane, etc.) causing flooding, and more. If you discover excess moisture in your home, or even standing water, it is essential that you act appropriately and immediately. If water is left to sit and moisture is ignored, before you know it, mold will not only grow but spread. This creates an unhealthy living environment for you, your pets, your loved ones, and others.
The Problem with Mold
Allergens are produced by mold and can cause irritants and allergic reactions. Mycotoxins, potentially toxic substances, are created in some cases. Touching or inhaling mold spores or mold can, particularly in sensitive individuals, cause allergic reactions. Some of these can include dermatitis (skin rash), red eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and hay fever-like symptoms.
Symptoms such as these can be delayed or immediate. If you are allergic to mold and suffer from asthma, severe asthma attacks could be triggered. Mold irritates the lungs, throat, nose, skin, and eyes of both nonallergenic and allergenic people.
Is Your Carpet in Danger?
Rest assured, if your carpet is in danger from the threat of mold, so are you. How do you know if your carpet contains mold? It may not be highly visible or immediately apparent. If a flood has occurred or excessive moisture developed in your home, for whatever reason, there is every chance that your carpet has mold growing right now. If your carpet was water damaged or got wet, if it experienced a mildew problem, or if you see visible mold growth, if you have excessive stains or odors, if the carpeting is in your basement, or if the padding beneath your carpet got wet, you should have your carpet professionally cleaned immediately.
How to Prevent the Growth of Carpeting Mold
If you don’t allow mold to grow in the first place, that’s absolutely the best way to combat it. That said, not giving it an open invitation goes a long way. To prevent the growth of carpet mold, here are some suggestions:
- Utilize smart cleaning methods. Whenever possible, avoid moist, liquid, or watery cleaning solutions. Use a dry solution whenever you can.
- Remove standing water immediately. Before you can blink, your carpet and the padding underneath will be damaged by standing water. This situation must be immediately remedied. After removing as much excess water as possible, use a shop vac, carpet cleaning machine, or a professional service to extract every last bit of water from your carpet and padding.
- Make sure the padding under your carpet is high quality, rubber-slab, solid padding with, if possible, antimicrobial properties.
- Pay attention to where you install carpet. Though it may look nice in a bathroom and basements, the high humidity in both can be a constant threat for mold growth. With all of the attractive, relatively maintenance-free, wear resistant flooring options today, there’s just no need to carpet an area with high humidity.
- Get the level of humidity down whenever possible. Acceptable for most interiors is a range of 30 to 60% humidity
Rely on Precision Carpet Care For Your Carpet Cleaning Needs
Do you have an area of high humidity in your home that also has carpeting? Have you noticed an odor in certain carpeted portions of your home that you can’t account for? Have you recently had a plumbing leak, roof leak, or a flooding situation in your home? If you could answer yes to any of these questions, it’s high time to call in a professional carpet cleaning service. Even if there is no mold in your carpeting, you’d rather be safe than sorry. In fact, experts recommend a professional carpet cleaning at least once a year.
Contact us at Precision Carpet Care with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment.