Should I Worry About Mold Under the Carpet — Ask Restoration 1

Many types of mold grow under the carpet with enough moisture

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When it comes to mold remediation, most people find troubling mold colonies growing in the walls, between the bathroom tiles or in the attic. Few people look within or beneath their carpet. Unfortunately, it’s a common spot for mold to grow.

Carpet mold is a tough problem to handle. As mold can grow fast and loves a damp space, your carpet creates the perfect spot for mold to gain a foothold in your home.

Signs You Need Mold Remediation for Carpet Mold

Thankfully, despite the troubling nature of mold, it does provide a few common signs or symptoms that indicate a growing mold problem in your home. As a homeowner, if you’re able to catch these signs early on, you’ll find yourself in a better position to schedule mold remediation.

  • Musty Odors — As mold forms a colony and begins to release spores or toxins into the air, it will also release strange, musty odors. The closer you are to the infestation, the stronger the smell will ultimately be.
  • Increased Allergies — If you already suffer from allergies, you’ll notice that mold problems exacerbate the symptoms tenfold. What was once a minor cough may now be chronic coughing, throat irritation and watery eyes.
  • Damp Carpet — If your carpet remains damp for longer than a full day, mold is likely to grow. It’s common for a carpet to grow damp because of a recent water leak, flooding or high moisture contents within the home.
  • Colorful Growth — The most obvious sign of mold growth on a carpet is the changing colors you’ll begin to notice. The types of mold that love carpet tends to come in a rainbow of colors, from green to black.

What Causes Carpet Mold?

Mold is capable of growing in just about any environment on the planet. If there is moisture, spores in the air and a food source nearby, then mold will thrive. Unfortunately, your carpet is a food source. The fabric can be broken down and consumed by the colony to spread its influence and airborne contaminants further.

Furthermore, a carpet is the perfect breeding ground for mold due to the very nature of the material used for carpeting. It retains moisture perfectly for mold growth. As such, it’s common to see black mold growing in carpet and rugs, as both collect dust and moisture — nutrients for mold growth.

How to Remove Carpet Mold

The moment you discover carpet mold, you’re likely willing to do anything to get rid of the problem. As homeowners ourselves, we’re right there with you. The thing is, you can’t treat mold by yourself. It’s problematic, to say the least. Mold is far too easy to spread if treated improperly.

The only sure-fire way to handle mold removal is by calling a local restoration company. With certified mold experts on staff and readily available day and night, your mold problem can and will be treated.

For 24-hour mold remediation and removal, call your local Restoration 1 for fast relief!