How to Prevent Carpet Mold

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How to Prevent Carpet Mold

Mold can be a major issue for many reasons whether it is structurally in regards to your home, or even more importantly, being the cause of serious health problems. It can be difficult to determine if you have mold and it is best to have it inspected by a mold professional. Carpet can often be overlooked when thinking of mold inside of your home, however it can be very serious. It can develop beneath the carpet fibers making it difficult to detect.

There are some visible indicators that you have mold growth, such as white or black splotches on your carpet. In these cases, the carpet needs to be removed and discarded, preferably by a professional to ensure there is no cross-contamination in other areas of your home and to prevent ingestion. Carpets that become fully saturated for an extended period of time more than likely have mold.

If your carpets are wet and you are unsure why, make sure to have a mold professional or a plumber check for any leaky pipes within the walls. If carpet becomes wet and is not dried out within 24-48 hours, then it can become conducive for mold growth. Professional cleaners may be able to quickly dry the carpet. They generally have the necessary equipment needed for fast water/moisture removal.

Killing or removing mold from carpet is next to impossible. It is best to focus on mold prevention and keeping the carpet clean and dry to begin with. Carpets are less likely to visibly develop mold in comparison to other areas of the home. Therefore, mold detection is the key to prevention.

Those looking to kill mold and mildew should hire a professional, seeing as there are health risks involved. Some homeowners may try a DIY method to try and make the mold less visible, however the mold spores will still be active and embedded in the fibers.

The one major cause of mold is moisture. Reducing the humidity within your house is the best way to ensure mold goes away forever. You may want to invest in a large capacity dehumidifier such as the Santa Fe Classic. They are designed to remove moisture from the air and keep the humidity at acceptable levels throughout your entire home.Make sure to check your bathrooms for leaky pipes and other areas of the home for leaks as well.

It is best to not install carpet in your basement, bathroom or kitchen (they tend to be damper areas of the home in general). Make sure to check your home regularly for mold growth. By taking preventative steps, you can save a lot of money and aggravation down the road. 


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