Mold is a huge hazard to your health. Allergies, bronchitis, and asthma attacks can all be caused by mold. We try our best to keep our homes allergen free, but there are places mold can grow undetected for a long time. Carpet is a notorious breeding ground for mold, but with some careful checking, you can determine whether the flooring needs to be ripped out and replaced. Here are some signs that your carpet has mold and what to do if you find it.
Have you been wheezing and rubbing your eyes a lot lately? Do you have to keep reaching for the kleenex long after the cold should have been gone? Mold could be the culprit. Mold causes twenty-five percent of America’s allergies. Also, people with asthma have greater issues in moldy conditions. If you think that the illness is hanging around or lasting longer than it should, mold could be the problem and you’ll need to get it removed quickly.
Even if you aren’t noticing health issues yet, if there is a musty smell in the air, there’s probably mold. If the mold has been around long, you might not even notice, though your guests will definitely smell something different. To test for mold, smell the carpet. Keep your nose at least three inches away, and don’t breathe deeply; mold spores are very dangerous. If it smells wet and sour, there’s probably mold.
Are there dark or discolored mildew spots in your carpet? If so, you need to peel back a bit of the carpet. Underneath a carpet, there is often more mold growing than can be detected from above. Carpet padding is usually the harborer of the stuff. A foam carpet padding can become black and ruined long before the carpet appears molded. All the while those mold spores are getting in the air, and being breathed into your lungs.
When You’ve Found Mold
If you’ve found mold beneath your carpets, there’s not much you can do but completely rip out the carpet and start again. Since mold is so nasty and hazardous, you should call the professionals to do the job. Custom Flooring and Furniture will remove your moldy carpet safely and lay beautiful new carpeting or flooring in your home. You can just relax, knowing your home will be healthier and happier.
Preventing Future Mold
To preserve your lovely new flooring from future mold you should get to the root of the moisture problem. A new air conditioning filter will promote better airflow throughout the house. You can also purchase a dehumidifier, to cut down on overall moisture in your home to prevent that mold from ever surfacing.