A carpet is one of the items that make a house, a home. It makes our homes look beautiful and makes us feel cozy. However, it’s not only about the aesthetic. Carpets are also great for your house because of their performance, value, and sustainability. They increase the quality of life in homes by cushioning the impact of slips and falls, reducing noise, and making learning and concentration easier. In addition to this, carpets nowadays are eco-friendly, stain- and fade-resistant, and durable enough to sustain heavy foot activity. However, they can be affected in different environments. For example, what if you have a water leak or water has entered your property? This leak would cause mold to grow on your property and most carpets are especially good places for mold spores to grow.
Moisture becomes trapped in the dense fibers that make up the weave of a carpet when it gets wet. It doesn’t have to be fully wet either; it can be moisture from a ceiling leak, a basement flood, a plumbing problem, high humidity, or simply cleaning. In a carpet, the weave is usually linked to a backing. If the backing also becomes wet or moisture penetrates, the moisture might be trapped beneath the carpet. This is especially a nightmare because a wet carpet will stay wet until you actively attempt to dry it with many different methods including fans, a hot air drier, or a dehumidifier. Unfortunately, with the trapped moisture, the perfect environment for the mold is created.
There are a few options for getting rid of it. The first thing you should try to do is to see if you can get the humid, moist air out of the room for clean air. Try open a window and door to let the smell and moisture of the mold get out. You can even try to take the carpet outside and let it stay there for about 2 days. The second thing you can do is to see if the mold is present only in a small area. If this is the case, it would be easier to remove. However, if you see the mold in the backing, you probably need to replace it. You can try to remove the mold by cutting it out. The next thing you can try is baking soda and vinegar. These are easy home tricks that have been used for many years. If they don’t work either, try an anti-fungal spray next. There are carpet-safe versions of the spray which you can consider.
Finally, if you've tried everything and still can't get rid of the mold, then it's time to hire a professional home inspectors in Duluth area. Call Atlanta Property Inspection specialist to diagnose the problem. Our professionals will trace back the root of the mold and will locate the source to prevent further damage to your health and the safety of your house. If you need property inspection or mold inspection, call us today!