Mold issues cause many problems, not to mention pose a real health risk. With good reason then, we want to do all we can to prevent it from forming in our homes. One area that we may not always think about when it comes to mold is carpeting. However, carpet, given the right conditions, is the perfect environment for mold growth. How can we prevent this from happening?
Let’s think about ideal conditions mold needs to thrive, it loves a warm, humid environment, so think about areas in your home which would be more likely to have these conditions. The bathroom is an obvious place as well as the basement (if its prone to damp). Instead of installing carpet in these areas, you might want to choose an alternative flooring type.
The quality of flooring will also play a role. For example, select under carpet padding that is high quality and sturdy. Its also wise to select one that contains antimicrobial elements.
Any water or liquid that has been spilled on a carpet, if not cleaned immediately, could provide those mold growing conditions. Check that the carpet, padding and floor underneath is cleaned and completely dried. Although carpeting will need to be cleaned every so often, in the same way, make sure all layers of flooring are thoroughly dried or, better still, use a dry-cleaning type of method.
We all want our homes to be a comfortable place to be and carpet can provide that comfort but take care to maintain it well and prevent mold from being any type of issue with your carpet.
George Adair, Certified Professional Home Inspector
I provide a wide range of home inspection and home inspection related services in the following areas of southern Manitoba: Winnipeg, Selkirk , Lockport,Steinbach,
Stony Mountain, Elie, Rosser, Lorette Sanford, East St. Paul, West St. Paul, Oak Bank,
Oak Bluff, Landmark,
St. Anne, Saint Andrews,
La Salle, Richer, Niverville and Warren.
Our extended area also includes: Lac Du Bonnet, Beausejour, Libeau, Gimli, Pinawa, Falcon Beach, Winnipeg Beach, Grand Marais, Saint Laurent, and Pine Falls