Signs You Have Carpet Mold after Flooding

Carpet mold after flooding is a frequent complication. Dormant airborne mold spores settle out of the air into the fibers of carpeting. Carpets are also a magnet for accumulation of microscopic organic matter that provides food for mold growth. The final element is water exposure. Carpeting — and the padding beneath it — acts as a sponge that absorbs and retains water long enough to activate dormant spores and trigger growth of toxic mold.

Carpet that has remained damp and untreated for 48 hours should be considered a prime suspect for mold growth. How do you know that carpet mold after flooding may be a factor in your home?

  • Visible growth. Mold tends to spawn deep in the carpet pile where it's not easily glimpsed. However, any discoloration or evidence of fungal growth should definitely be investigated further. After water exposure, discoloration in a carpet that might be dismissed as mildew is very likely to actually be mold. If carpet mold contamination has advanced to the point where it's conspicuous and staining the carpet, the carpet must usually be discarded.
  • Musty smell. You know it when you smell it. That musty odor is a direct consequence of active mold spores multiplying. If water inundation has affected the house and saturated the carpet, mold should be your first and most likely suspect for musty odors.
  • Unexplained allergic responses. Sensitive individuals may develop symptoms rapidly in a home if the carpet harbors mold. This could include sneezing, coughing and eye irritations. Bring any such symptoms to the attention of your physician, first. If you've had recent water damage that affected carpeting, also consider the possibility of mold growth.
  • Test Results. A water damage/mold remediation specialist can sample air in carpeted rooms to detect presence of airborne mold spores and determine the best treatment option. Concentration of spores in the air helps the technician determine where the extent of contamination is highest. If suspect mold growth is discovered, it will be physically sampled and lab-tested to verify the type.

Ask the professionals at Rytech for a full evaluation if you suspect carpet mold after flooding.