Carpet and molds
How to prevent molds from growing in the carpet. (Photo Credits)
Molds in the carper could just be one of the unfortunate consequences of water damage or flooding inside a home. This however can get ugly, can lead to illness, and could even get expensive as it may require professional cleaning, or worse, disposal. Read more here
The North Dakota State University for instance mentioned that wall to wall carpeting should be discarded during flooding when the floodwaters are classified as contaminated water. This may mean two things, an indoor flooding due to water damage that involves toilet or sewer water. Or Weather-related flooding that brought in contaminated water from the streets, or sewer backups.
“You should discard wall-to-wall carpeting, most large area rugs and any rugs with foam backing if they were flooded with contaminated water. Getting them professionally cleaned generally isn’t worth the expense involved unless they are valuable rugs. If you want to salvage carpeting soaked with contaminated water, consult a professional cleaning company that cleans carpets at its own cleaning and drying facility.”
Read the rest of the manuscript they published in their official website here.
Signs of mold growth
If professional service was not sought during a water or flood damage episode in the home, and the carpet is just cleaned by the homeowners themselves, then the homeowners should watch out for the possibility of mold growth.
Home improvement website Doityourself.com shared signs property owners have to watch out to determine if there is mold growth in the carpet. One of the signs they mentioned is a musty odor.
“A musty odor in a carpet’s vicinity is a definite indication of the presence of mold, which will fester in a damp, enclosed environment. This musty odor might not be immediately apparent to you if you spend a lot of time in your home. However, take note if any visitors comment on a musty odor in your home because it could be a direct sign of mold growth on or under your carpets.”
Read the rest of the signs here.
Prevention is the key
Unfortunately even for homes that have no incidence of water damage or flooding, molds can still grow in their carpeting. TheSpruce.com came up with a blog post recommending steps to avoid or prevent carpet mold.
“Keep Humidity Low: 65% humidity and lower tends to be the perfect level for maintaining a mold-free carpet. Even 60% humidity is sometimes cited as the highest desirable level. If your house is not naturally low in humidity, install a portable dehumidifier.”
More tips can be found here.
When a home has been flooded, carpeting should be immediately removed from the area, and assessed whether it has to be discarded or could be used once again after a professional cleaning and carpet treatment.