Mold is not something you want to share a living space with. However, you could be living with mold and not even realize it, which means you may be living in an unhealthy indoor environment. Let’s look at one example where this could happen.
Carpets. Were you aware that a carpet can develop a mold problem and not become noticeable until it has become a more extreme case? Therefore, it is good to think about the space before deciding whether or not to use carpet in it. You should consider the levels of humidity in the room and the likelihood that the floor will become wet or damp on a regular basis. Conditions like these will be ideal places for mold to develop in a carpet. Some examples of this are bathrooms and basements.
If you find mold in your carpet, what can you do? Firstly, it is good to look at the underside of the carpet every so often to check for mold. If you find that a small patch of mold has recently developed, then you should be able to take care of it with cleaning. But, if the mold has affected a large area of the carpet, has been wet for longer than 24 hours, or if the carpet has been in a flood, it is probably best to remove it together with the padding underneath. Make sure that the floor has been thoroughly clean and has dried out before replacing it.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL