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Old 11-28-2008, 05:38 PM   #1
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Help!!! Mildew in carpet


I bought a house this year in which the previous owner converted part of the garage into an office space. I didn't notice at the time but there is about a 3' x 3' area in the carpet that feels moist and smells mildewy. I cut a 1' section out of the carpet/pad and don't see any cracks in the concrete or anything. The carpet pad is lying directly on the concrete that used to be garage floor. Not sure how the moisture is getting in. Is there something this guy missed? His work seems shoddy in other areas so I'm afraid he didn't know what he was doing. What is my plan of attack?

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Old 11-28-2008, 06:56 PM   #2
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I bought a house this year in which the previous owner converted part of the garage into an office space. I didn't notice at the time but there is about a 3' x 3' area in the carpet that feels moist and smells mildewy. I cut a 1' section out of the carpet/pad and don't see any cracks in the concrete or anything. The carpet pad is lying directly on the concrete that used to be garage floor. Not sure how the moisture is getting in. Is there something this guy missed? His work seems shoddy in other areas so I'm afraid he didn't know what he was doing. What is my plan of attack?
Maybe the roof is leaking!

One time the carpeting in my 5th wheel trailer was soaking wet and it was caused by a leaky roof!

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Try using some bleach on the carpet (straight out of the jug) in an inconspicuous area. If the carpet is an Olefin carpet, then bleach won't affect the colour of the carpet and you can shampoo the carpet with a 10% bleach solution to kill any mold or mildew in the carpet. If the bleach does whiten the carpet, then look in your Yellow Pages under Janitorial Equipment & Supplies and you should be able to find a mold or mildewcide that doesn't damage the carpet like bleach will.

I'd slide a brick or piece of 2X4 or something under the cut area to elevate the carpet and allow it to dry from both sides simultaneously. Then, buy a cheap hygrometer (measures relative humidity) from Lee Valley or any hobby supply store, set it down on the concrete, cover with clear plastic and tape the perimeter of the plastic down to the concrete. If the hygrometer shows an increasing relative humidity reading under the plastic, that's proof that the moisture is coming through the concrete. If it doesn't, that's proof it's not coming through the concrete right now.

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