Hidden Mold Under Floors – Difficult to Detect, Difficult to Remove By Yourself

In nature, there are 100,000 types of molds that decompose biological matter which would otherwise, drown the world in waste. Cheesemakers, winemakers and beermakers from all over have harnessed the power of mold to create amazing meals.

However, when the mold spores drift inside your home and find a damp environment, they flourish. When you see the telltale evidence on walls or ceilings, it is obviously time to address the problems causing excess moisture. When it’s growing under the flooring of your Sandusky home, it is much harder to detect. The team at Restorepro know how important it is to detect the source, kill and remove the mold, then replace the flooring.

Some signs of mold hidden under the floors are unidentifiable musty smells. Mold emits gases that your nose recognizes; if you can’t find the source it might be below your feet. Another sign is water stains, an indication that water may have set on your wood for far too long. One more sign are spongy or squishy areas under foot.

Under Vinyl Flooring

Mold beneath vinyl flooring may be caused by a significant water leak, like a broken pipe. Or it may be caused by a smaller leak, like a drip under the kitchen sink. Previous flooding may lead to a delayed infestation. If the flooring underneath the linoleum becomes saturated, mold spores can thrive and sustain themselves on the glue holding the tile to the floor.  

Hardwoods

Hardwood flooring is beautiful and connotes quality, warmth and the aesthetic of nature brought indoors. However, as an organic material, wet wood can support a lot of mold growth.

Removing mold from rotting floorboards is a challenge. It is difficult to remove mold completely from wood, since tiny amounts of mold can remain in the pores of the wood. Instead, the moldy floorboards must be removed and replaced carefully. Appropriate safety precautions must be followed to avoid spreading mold or exposing yourself or your family members to potentially harmful mold spores.

Wooden Sub-Floor

Another area where mold often goes unnoticed is underneath carpeting, tiles or other flooring materials like the wooden subfloor. By the time mold is discovered under flooring, the porous floorboards may be ruined. Before you reinstall new flooring, you must thoroughly clean and disinfect the wooden subfloor to prevent the spores from spreading into the home.

DIY Considerations

When you discover mold under the floor, should you tackle it? The time, knowledge and equipment are considerable. Sterilizing with a borax solution involves: removing room furnishings, storing them in a mold-free area and sealing the room from the remainder of the house.  Multiple cleanings followed by multiple passes over the subfloor require a HEPA vacuum. Proper post cleaning with dehumidifiers is necessary.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests having a mold remediation professional assist you when looking for hidden mold. Specific safety precautions are required to avoid spreading mold or exposing your family members to potentially harmful mold spores. Cutting into moldy wood literally stirs up hundreds of thousands of mold spores that can drift throughout the house. The microscopic mold spores are also easily inhaled, which can lead to serious illness. Mold remediation professionals have the necessary safety gear to protect themselves and to prevent the spread of mold during the process of checking for hidden mold growth.

It will be much faster, easier and safer to hire a mold remediation specialist to deal with your mold issues. These specialists are trained to identify mold and strategize appropriate methods to not only removing mold but also preventing it from happening again. They will get to the root of the problem, effectively. When you need help looking for hidden mold under your flooring, you can schedule a free in-home consultation with an experienced mold remediation professional.

Trust the Mold Removal Experts in Sandusky

If you suspect that you have a mold problem or if you can SEE visible signs of mold growth in your home or business – contact the experts at Restorepro. With hundreds of mold removal projects under our belts as well as having received training from the country’s top certification schools, our mold removal professionals know all there is about how to completely and safely remove your mold problems.