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 very common and almost always unnoticed by people suffering from allergies, asthma, and other indoor air-quality related symptoms. Other types of floor covering materials such as wood, vinyl, and tile are also vulnerable to mold growth on or underneath them.


It’s common to discover hidden mold in carpet that originates from spilled food, house dust, pet accidents, carpet shampooing, and water incursions. Plumbing leaks and high indoor humidity can also result in mold growth on and underneath hardwood flooring, vinyl floor covering, and ceramic tiles.

This book, Carpet, Wood, Vinyl, & Tile, is part six of the book series Do-It-Yourself Mold Inspection. You simply won’t find a better set of instructions for locating and dealing with mold contamination in homes. The instructions and investigation photos in this book will show you how to properly and safely inspect for mold in carpet. You’ll also learn how to discover subtle but harmful mold growth conditions that can occur with hardwood, vinyl, and ceramic tile floor covering materials.

Each of the books in the Do-It-Yourself Mold Inspection series should only be read after reading Part One: Know Your Enemy and Part Two: Hidden Moisture Sources. Those two books are critical to understanding each of the mold inspection books that cover specific areas around homes.

The knowledge you receive from these books will save you a lot of money, protect your home, guard your health, and ensure you are not taken advantage of by mold scammers. Everyone who lives or works indoors needs to read these books.

After you have finished inspecting your home you’ll likely want to read Do-It-Yourself Mold Cleaning & Prevention to ensure areas of mold growth are remediated correctly and you do not accidentally spread mold further throughout your home. This book explains your options for effective household solutions that kill mold. It contains photographs from field investigations to help you understand safe cleaning strategies before you begin so you will not risk your health or spread mold. The book will also let you know when it is in your best interest to hire a professional and how to go about that.

If you have not read it yet, you will also benefit from my gift book 6 Steps to Healthy Indoor Air. It is the perfect introduction to the actual causes of and practical solutions for poor indoor air quality that results in headaches, spread of viruses, learning disabilities, memory loss, insomnia, respiratory disorders, allergies, and asthma. You can download it free here at


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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