DIY Mold Inspection – Part 6: Carpet, Wood, Vinyl, & Tile

Many substances end up on, within, or underneath floor covering materials that can support the growth of mold. Mold in carpet is extremely common and almost always goes unnoticed by people suffering from mold symptoms.

Other types of floor covering materials such as hardwood, vinyl, and ceramic tile are also vulnerable to mold growth on or underneath them.

This book contains actual mold inspection photos with clear explanations to show you all the important areas to inspect. You’ll also learn the causes so you can prevent mold exposure and mold symptoms. I’ll teach you how to perform your own mold inspection without the cost of hiring a mold remediation company, wasting money on mold testing, or risking a professional mold scam.


DIY Mold Inspection Part 6: Carpet, Wood, Vinyl, & Tile

I frequently discover mold in carpet when inspecting for mold in homes. Mold in carpet is much more common than mold under wood flooring or vinyl, or mold in tile grout. Mold growth in, on, or under, any type of flooring material is a health concern that needs to be addressed safely to prevent mold exposure and mold symptoms.

Hidden mold in carpet originates from:

  • Spilled food residue
  • House dust particles settled into the fibers
  • Pet accident residue
  • Residual dampness from carpet shampooing
  • Dampness from concrete subflooring
  • Water seepage incidents

Plumbing leaks and high indoor humidity can also cause mold in carpet as well as mold on and underneath hardwood flooring, vinyl flooring, and ceramic tiles.

Carpet mold is prevalent in finished basements and in homes where the carpet is installed over damp concrete slabs. Black mold in carpet is always discovered when carpet gets repeatedly wetted from hidden seepage, and black mold under carpet is often found by leaky entry door systems.

Using carpet mold spray will not solve a carpet mold problem. Spraying a topical carpet mold cleaner does not address deep-seated mold in carpet or underneath it. Similarly, wet extraction is not a proper method of carpet mold removal, and can sometimes result in mold under carpet pad as well.

Don’t lose hope.

Mold in carpets can typically be remediated without hiring a professional mold remediation company or paying for a carpet mold test. Very often mold removal from carpet can be accomplished by homeowners provided they follow a proper procedure and use the right carpet mold cleaner. Even if you do hire a mold removal company it’s best to have knowledge so you will know if the work is being done correctly.

This book, Carpet, Wood, Vinyl, & Tile, is part six of the book series Do-It-Yourself Mold Inspection. I wrote it for everyone who wants to avoid suffering from allergy symptoms, asthma symptoms, headaches, migraines, ADD, ADHD, sinus infection, ear infection, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, insomnia, and cancer.

Using mold inspection photos with clear explanations I’ll show you exactly how to properly and safely inspect for mold in carpet. I’ll also teach you how to discover subtle but harmful mold growth conditions that can occur with hardwood, vinyl, and ceramic tile floor covering materials.  I’ll even show you how to see mold that’s the same color as the surface it grows on so you can prevent mold exposure and mold symptoms.


  • Waste money on a mold test kit
  • Pay someone to do mold testing for you
  • Spread spores during a mold removal project
  • Hire a mold remediation company or sign a mold removal contract


  • Arm yourself with knowledge to accurately understand your mold problem
  • Avoid being the victim of a professional mold cleaning scam
  • Determine if DIY mold removal is your best option
  • Ensure mold removal is done safely and effectively

The information I share with you in this mold inspection series will help you avoid expensive mold removal cost, protect your home, safeguard you from mold symptoms, and ensure that you’re not scammed by professional mold cleaning companies.


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See what’s in DIY Mold Inspection – Part 6:  Carpet, Wood, Vinyl, & Tile

Table of Contents

Why trust the author? 3
Preface 4
Sharing this book 9
Mold inspection book series 10
Carpet 10
      Replete mold 14
      Isolated mold 16
      Stains 18
      Carpet pad 19
      Tack strips 20
      Sub-flooring 21
Hardwood 23
Vinyl 28
Ceramic tile 30
Floor coverings over concrete 33
      Raised subflooring 35
Pet urine 28
Helping others 45

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