Basement Carpet = High Mold Risk
The first thing to keep in mind is that there are some locations where carpets are an even worse choice than others. Take your basement for example. While the cold cement floors there might make you want to have carpet installed to make it more pleasant and to improve acoustics as well, there are many sources of moisture there that easily could provide fertile ground for mold to start growing. If you are set on having carpet in the basement, you should do everything you can to prevent water intrusion.
Simple Mold Prevention In Your Home
As for the rest of your home, you should be aware of the risk of mold growth. This means that when you spill any liquid on your carpet, you need to clean it up right away and get the carpet as dry as possible immediately. Having a wet vac is a great investment for any homeowner with carpet. This will help you clean up spills of liquids that can increase the risk of mold growth.
Another thing to avoid is putting wet clothes on the carpet and letting them sit there for a longer period of time. This is the case whether it is sweaty exercise clothes, clothes straight out of the washer, or just something you wore when you got caught out in the rain. Hanging wet clothes up in an area where they can dry (not over the carpet where they can drip) is going to be the best solution if you can’t get them into a dryer (We do not recommend doing this with your sweaty exercise clothes. You should wash those first.)
Just remember that just because the carpet doesn’t appear to have mold growing underneath it, the signs could be invisible to the naked eye for a long time until it becomes obvious to the homeowner.
If you find out too late, and mold already got the better of your carpet, contact us at Hero Remediation, and we will help you get the mold issue taken care of.
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