Mold can damage carpeting and affect your physical health. Therefore, it's important to understand the common signs of mold growth so that you can take preventative action immediately. Here’s a closer look at the main indications of this issue and how carpet cleaning can salvage household flooring.

How Can You Tell if Mold Is Growing in Your Carpet?

1. Bad Smell

You might notice a musty smell, or guests may comment on a strange odor. If you spend most of your time indoors, you might not notice the smell because you've become accustomed to it. However, it’s important to check underneath the carpets once you've detected a problem.

2. Damp Carpet

A wet carpet can result from recent spills or flooding and should be cleaned as soon as possible. Allowing it to sit could lead to bacteria and fungal growth. If leakage has occurred for an extended period, you will probably find mold underneath the carpet and should seek carpet cleaning services.

3. Discoloration

Mold can be difficult to detect if it’s grown deep into the carpet, but advanced growth can appear in various colors. Families might notice green, red, or black patches on the carpet. Inspect the bottom of the carpet and the floor underneath for any signs of these spots. Carpet cleaning services may be able to resolve the problem. However, if the damage is extensive, the carpet needs to be replaced immediately.

4. Advanced Allergies

Allergic reactions such as frequent sneezing, rashes, coughing, breathing issues, and eye irritation are potential indications of mold growth. Schedule an inspection to determine if any mold is to blame. Mold infestation exacerbates allergy symptoms and respiratory conditions such as asthma, so it should be dealt with as soon as possible.


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