See also Glossary of Terms from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) — wiki.ashrae.org/index.php/Category:Term
Accredited Laboratory — A lab that has been accredited by a recognized agency to the ISO 17025 Standard.
Aflatoxin — A Mycotoxin which is known to be one of the most toxic naturally occurring substances which is from Aspergillus flavus mold growth.
Allergen — A substance such as mold or pet hair which can cause an allergic reaction.
Ambient air — Outdoor air or representative of a general volume of indoor air.
Amplification of molds — Any indoor scenario which may increase the concentration of molds such as moisture in a wall cavity or mold growth in an HVAC system.
Anti-fungal treatment — Any mold remediation activity which removes, disinfects, or treats surfaces contaminated by mold.
Asbestos — A naturally occurring mineral fiber used in hundreds of building and insulation materials. Exposure to asbestos is a known health risk for cancer especially due to occupational contact. Asbestos is a regulated material and professional removal using engineering controls is recommended in most cases.
Asthma — A condition of respiratory sensitivity when lung tissue swells in reaction to exposure to particles which irritate the small passages of the lung tissue.
Mold can grow on almost any surface throughout your home - including your carpets. Indoor mold not only leads to an unpleasant, musty smell, but can also contribute to respiratory problems and allergic reactions. You can often tell that mold is present in your carpets when you recognize a musty odor or a speckled patch or shape. To prevent carpet mold, never install carpet in a high-humidity area, such as a bathroom, and, if necessary, use humidifiers keep your home at a 30 to 60 percent humidity level.
Carpet's natural tendency to soak up moisture and dirt leads to a great challenge when ridding carpet of mold. Oftentimes homeowners must remove carpet entirely to get rid of mold, or if it is caught early enough, can sometimes give the carpet a thorough clean instead of removing it entirely. You should consult a professional on the extent of mold growth before taking action. Be advised that mold grows in the spaces of porous materials and can keep growing back, making it difficult - or impossible - to remove.
If the carpet's mold growth is minor enough that it can be taken care of through a thorough cleaning, try the following methods. Always be sure to wear protective eyewear and gloves when dealing with minor carpet mold.
Whichever method you choose, always dry the area completely after cleaning, or the mold will just grow back. Most importantly, contact a professional to make sure your carpet's mold growth isn't beyond repair and doesn't pose a health threat to your family. Call RTS Environmental, Inc., which has provided thousands of thorough mold and asbestos inspections and solutions throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area, for an inspection.