Flooding, plumbing leaks can lead to harmful carpet mold growth on and underneath your home’s flooring.
Homeowners who experience even a small amount of water seeping into their homes either from flooding or a broken pipe should be concerned about carpet mold growth.
It doesn’t take much water for mold to grow and do a lot of harm.
“All it needs is a little moisture and a little dark space, and it can grow so quickly,” contractor Danny Lipford tells KTRK.
Homeowners who experience a double whammy of flooding and power outages from spring or summer storms are especially susceptible to carpet mold growth.
These situations can create warm, dark and humid environments — conditions in which mold and mildew thrive.
“It can be there and you won’t know it at all,” says Lipford, who owns Lipford Construction in Mobile, Alabama. “Especially very porous materials — carpet, carpet pad, and insulation that’s in walls.”
Prevent mold growth by drying water damage quickly
The sooner you start cleaning up after water damage, the sooner you can stop mold from growing under your carpet.
The tools are simple: fans, bleach and cleaners.
Red Cross officials say many homeowners can get rid of the mold just fine after a flood, but it will require a bit of elbow grease.
“It’s mainly a matter of scrubbing,” says Ken Garcia with the Red Cross Tulsa chapter. “It’s kind of getting down on your hands and knees and really scrubbing.”
Exposure to mold can cause health problems for some people by irritating the nose, eyes throat or lungs. Breathing airborne mold may trigger symptoms in those with hay fever, asthma and allergies.
The best way to keep mold from spreading is to act fast when you know water is present. If you follow these six steps from Ayoub Carpet Service in Chantilly, Virginia, you should stay mold free.
1. Remove water as quickly as possible
Use a wet/dry vacuum to clean up as much water as soon as possible. These machines are the most effective tools for removing water and can be rented or provided by water and smoke damage remediation companies that specialize in repairing residential flood damage