Recognition and Prevention of Carpet Mold from Water Damage

Wet Vac vacuuming up water on carpetingWater damage to carpeting is always troublesome. Even the smallest amount of moisture should be cause for concern when it comes to your flooring and your home’s environment. It doesn’t take much for mold to form and grow into an enormous problem.  Mold can wreak havoc not only with property damage, but also with your family’s health.

Why is it Important to Remove Mold from Carpeting and Flooring

Mold is just plain nasty! Especially if it is from water damage. It can begin to grow and proliferate, most times unseen, within hours of exposure to moisture.  Mold loves dark, dank, warm places. So carpeting, and the flooring materials under it, are the perfect breeding grounds.

Mold produces allergens and irritants which can cause allergic reactions.  In some cases, it can produce toxic substances known as mycotoxins.  It is an irritant which can affect the nose, eyes, skin throat and lungs, affecting both allergic and non-allergic alike. In extreme cases disease and death in humans and animals is possible. Basement carpeting that has been wet for a time, and carpeting in homes located in tropical, moist climates are at especially high risk of developing these toxins.

Recognizing and Identifying the Signs of Mold in Carpeting

Eradication and prevention of mold growth should be treated with extreme urgency. It is critical to recognize the signs of mold growth. Simply because there are no visible signs of mold on the surface of carpeting does not mean that mold growth has already begun. It only becomes visible on the surface in extreme cases, such as flooding or wet spots that remain for extended periods of time. Here are a few cases where mold growth has or will develop:

  • Carpet that is wet or water damaged: Plainly stated, conditions are ripe for mold to appear. The carpet needs to be removed, cleaned and dried within 24 hours. Even this measure of prevention might not guarantee success. More than likely, the carpeting needs to be replaced.
  • Noticeable mold growth: Mold is unseen at first, but it may become blatantly clear that mold is indeed forming. It would be wise to remove and replace the carpeting all together. The carpet should be examined completely on both sides to determine the full extent of growth and decide the next course of action.
  • Mildew on the carpet: If there is any visible sign of staining, discoloration or noticeable odor, mold is most likely present.
  • Moist or wet padding underneath carpeting: Any moisture that has affected the carpet has most likely affected the padding beneath. Likewise, if the padding has been initially exposed to moisture, it will permeate the carpeting on top as well. Replacing the padding is necessary, but the carpet most likely will need to be replaced as well.
  • Basement carpeting: Carpeting and padding in basement levels is at an eminently high risk as humidity and dampness are usually extreme. In these environments, various temperature swings will produce abundant condensation.
  • Odors and discoloration: There are many causes for stains and odors on flooring. If there is a palpable smell or distinctive discoloration visible, samples from the affected area should be acquired and sent for analysis to determine if indeed it is mold.

Ways to Prevent Mold Growth in Carpeting

The most effective way to battle mold contamination is to prevent it from initially occurring. Here are a few suggestions to aide in the prevention of mold growth:

  • Smart flooring installation: Avoid areas of the home which may be susceptible to increased moisture or humidity, such as basements and bathrooms. These areas are prone to consistent exposure to moisture and are proven breeding grounds for mold.
  • Embrace good-quality padding: The old saying “you get what you pay for” works well here. Choose padding with anti-microbial qualities and solid, rubber slab padding. Although a bit more costly, it will be well worth it should there be any chance of water or moisture permeating the flooring.
  • Remove standing water immediately: As soon as it is noticed, clean and dry above and below the area as quickly as possible. The longer the water stands, the less likely the carpet will be salvageable.
  • Reduction of indoor humidity: Dehumidifiers remove a significant amount of moisture, reducing the catalyst mold spores need to thrive. 40% to 60% humidity is optimal for interiors.

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Spring Allergies in Connecticut: Causes & Remedies

flowers in springtime

Spring is here in Connecticut!

That means rainy days, baseball, budding trees—and for many the start of allergy season.

Allergies in Connecticut can be a minor annoyance or a major affliction depending on how severe they are. That will vary from person to person and year to year, but there are usually common causes and solutions to springtime allergies.

If you’re an allergy sufferer in the Nutmeg State, learn more about common causes and remedies with Always Clean, LLC. Read more

How to Arrange an Area Rug & Other Area Rug Tips for Your Home

Area rugs are a wonderful addition to almost any home, especially those with wood or tile floors.

Area rugs dampen noise, are softer and more comfortable on the feet than cold tile or wood, provide an added layer of insulation, and help to improve a room’s décor by amplifying or complementing its color and design schemes.

As with anything else, though, area rugs can be used well or poorly. Getting the wrong size or color for your room can end up creating an effect other than the one you hoped for—no small matter considering how expensive area rugs are. In addition, improper placement of area rugs can lead to their getting worn out before their time.

If you’re curious about area rugs for your home, take a look at these tips to help you make an informed decision for your needs and those of your home. You’ll be glad you did! Read more

How to Clean Rock Salt Off of Your Home’s Floors in Winter

dirty snow bootsThere’s a lot to love about living in Connecticut, but dealing with winter definitely doesn’t make the shortlist.

Apart from all the obvious reasons to dislike our New England winters (cold weather, heating bills, etc.), there are countless small inconveniences that get taken almost for granted. Among these is the mess that gets made from tracking rock salt residue into the house from treated roads, sidewalks, and walkways.

Cleaning the rock salt off of your home’s floors in winter can be a pain, but it’s something that has to get done, otherwise it can lead to permanent damage. Not sure how to clean rock salt off your floors? The best way will depend on what kind of floors need cleaning. Read more

Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Your Home’s Carpeting

There are lots of good reasons to have carpeting in your home: the variety of beautiful styles and colors; its soft, cozy feeling underfoot; the way it traps dust and pollen to improve indoor air quality; the warmth and comfort it provides in winter; and many others.

For all these reasons the decision to get carpeting in your home may be an easy one – but that doesn’t mean actually having it installed is something to be taken lightly.

Your home’s carpeting is a serious investment. With new carpet averaging at about $5 per square foot (plus installation), the cost of carpeting 1,500 square feet or more of your home will add up fast.

The best way to get the most out of this investment is to take proper care of your home’s carpets to extend their lifespan. The average home’s carpeting needs to be replaced about every 12 years, but by following these tips to extend your carpet’s lifespan, you could get a lot more. Read more