Mold and Bacteria Growth in Wet Carpet

Carpet fibers up close

Wet carpets can definitely be smelly and unattractive, but did you know they can actually provide the perfect home for mold and bacteria growth as well?

Wet carpet can be incredibly damaging to the health of those who live or work in the affected space, especially when mold or bacteria is left untreated over time.

How Long Does It Take for Mold and Bacteria to Grow in Wet Carpet?

How long does it take to find mold under a carpet pad that’s been wet? This will depend on the circumstances of the space, as well as the condition of a structure before water damage occurred. Many government organizations, including the EPA, suggest that mold and bacteria can begin to form in wet carpet as soon as 24 to 48 hours after becoming wet.

Carpet may become wet due to regular foot traffic tracking in water or due to water damage from events like flooding or a burst pipe.

Given just how quickly mold and bacteria can form, speed is of the utmost importance when addressing water damage. If you decide to wait a week or two to call a professional for remediation work, the mold and bacteria forming in your carpet and under the pad will only continue to grow and spread.

How Do You Know if There’s Mold or Bacteria in Wet Carpet?

There are several ways to tell if you’re dealing with mold or bacteria in your carpet. The first and most obvious signs are musty scents and damp carpet. If you notice carpet is wet or that it smells musty, that’s a good sign you are dealing with mold or bacteria.

As mold or bacteria grows, you may begin to see it in your home or business. Look for unusual black, white or green splotches or discolored patches. Also, as mold and bacteria grow, you may begin to experience increased allergies. Are you sneezing and dealing with itchy eyes more often? Allergies are among the many carpet mold symptoms you may experience.

If you’re in doubt as to whether you have mold under a carpet pad, you can get a mold test kit or have a professional come and test the carpet. These test kits can be obtained rather inexpensively, and they will tell you immediately whether you have anything to fear from mold or bacteria in your home. If you are worried about how to detect mold in carpet, contact a professional to make an assessment.

Is Carpet Mold Dangerous?

Is mold in carpet dangerous? Yes, absolutely. Mold can have a series of ill effects on your health, including irritation to your eyes, throat and skin. If you experience allergies, you may have an even more severe reaction to mold. In some cases, mold can lead to serious lung infections and other life-threatening health situations.

How Can You Prevent Carpet Mold?

How can you prevent carpet mold? If your carpet gets wet in any way, it’s important to act quickly. By doing so, you don’t give mold and bacteria any time to form or spread. Be sure to pull back the pad and dry the floors.

An air mover can help dry the affected areas more quickly. The B-Air® VP-25 air mover is one of the most effective tools you can have for drying effectiveness. Make sure the carpet itself is fully dry, too. Once dried out, have your carpet steam cleaned as a final precaution.

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