Carpet Mold Removal
While water damage of any kind often causes unpleasant odours and mold, wet carpets are of particular concern because they take a long time to dry and they soak up dirt, bacteria and mold spores like a sponge.
As such, homeowners should avoid using carpets below ground level (i.e. in basements) as well as in bathrooms, kitchens, and other highly humid areas.
High humidity, moisture intrusion (leaky pipes, flooding, etc.) and standing water are all major causes of carpet mold, so making sure to address these issues promptly is the surest way to reduce odours and prevent mold.
If you find yourself face-to-face with moldy or wet carpets, call Mold Busters for quality carpet mold removal in Montreal and Ottawa. We offer mold removal services for residential and commercial properties across Ontario and Quebec.
Wet carpets, odours and mold
People usually seek professional carpet cleaning services after noticing damp, musty odours coming from a particular room; after a flood; or upon the onset of symptoms like persistent allergies, difficulty breathing, skin rashes, and eye or throat irritation.
To prevent odours, mold and health problems associated with poor indoor air quality, it’s important to dry wet carpets immediately—otherwise mold can start to grow within 24-48 hours.
What causes carpet mold?
Carpets are highly retentive materials, often comprised of cotton, wool, or synthetic fibers. Mold growth observed on carpets is likely due to an accumulation of dust that settles into the fibers of the carpet, becoming a viable food source for mold. Additionally, spores from the exterior, called mycoflora, enter into the indoor environment and settle onto carpets undetected. Once mold spores, which are nicely tucked into the fibers of a dust-enhanced carpet, come into contact with water or elevated humidity levels, mold growth can quickly accelerate.
Can carpet mold make you sick?
All molds are allergenic, therefore, carry the potential for producing allergenic reactions. Some molds are even toxigenic, such as Stachybotrys chartarum. Carpet mold and exposure to it can make you sick, depending on your immune system, age, or pre-determined medical conditions. Seeing as everybody is different, some may not experience any symptoms to carpet mold, while others may get quite sick.
What does mold on carpet look like?
Mold can embody many different colours and even shapes. Mold on a carpet can appear to be light green, yellow or white, and can appear to be dark gray or black. It is sometimes misidentified as being dirt. Most often, mold growth on carpets can be identified by a non-uniform pattern. It is always a good idea to have a trained inspector assess whether the discoloration(s) found on the carpet is, in fact, mold.
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How to get mold out of carpet?
The general recommendation is to remove the carpet entirely to ensure that the issue is resolved and to avoid cross-contamination to other areas. A professional mold removal company, once having assessed the state of the carpet may determine to conduct deep cleaning and disinfection, using industry-approved carpet cleaners, fungicides, and disinfectants.
Why contact a remediation professional for carpet mold removal?
Removing mold from carpets is a rigorous process, as mold spores often settle deep inside the fabric. At Mold Busters, we use high-power, industry-standard equipment like ozone generators and HEPA vacuums to get mold, odours and bacteria out of your carpets.
Following the remediation, your carpets are left looking fresh and clean, and the above-mentioned symptoms typically disappear.
If you’ve experienced recent water intrusion and want to save your water-damaged carpet, get it professionally cleaned—otherwise it’s time to throw your carpet out.
Call now to book your carpet mold removal in Ottawa or Montreal. Mold Busters does it right!