A Star Tribune article dated October 8, 2013 covers the mold infestation emergency at a dorm house in the University of Minnesota. Mold growth inside buildings, particularly black mold, can be fatal for humans due to the high toxicity of the fungal spores. The mold infestation in the dorm was so severe that parts of the building were emptied for a thorough cleanup.

Mold was spotted the week of Sept. 23 in the freshman hall and reported to the school’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety, school spokesman Matt Hodson said. The department tested 35 rooms, found mold in 16 and had eight of those fully emptied for cleaning, Hodson said. That means removing the carpet, furniture and insulation around heating and cooling pipes, he added.

The ousted students are now in temporary living quarters on campus and will probably remain there for another two to three weeks while their rooms are “thoroughly cleaned and disinfected,” Hodson said.

Hodson said some students exposed to the mold “did report allergy-like symptoms,” but none required medical care.

The mold invaded during the hot and humid move-in week during the summer, when doors were open and climate control for the buildings was difficult, Hodson said.

You certainly don’t want to be kept out of your home simply because you failed to carry out the necessary mold removal measures. As such, it would be a good idea to take a proactive approach to keeping your carpets clean and mold free. The moment you notice any foul smells emanating from your carpet, you may want to contact a Minneapolis carpet cleaning professional for routine cleaning and spot removal, and thereby prevent a full-blown mold infestation.

Meanwhile, you may want to keep in mind several things about how to deal with persistent mold. Mold and mildew usually cling to the back of the textile, making it harder to detect their presence. In addition, your carpet doesn’t necessarily have to be wet to harbor mold and mildew, as high humidity levels throughout your home can also facilitate mold infestation.

In any case, a clean and well-kept carpet is less likely to encourage mold growth. If your carpets are made of rather delicate fabrics, you might want to call in trusted Minneapolis carpet cleaning companies like ServiceMaster Clean® for a gentle and thorough wash. This way, you don’t need to suffer the same fate as those hapless students.

(Article Excerpt and Image from Mold invades U freshman dorm; 16 students sent packing, Star Tribune, October 8, 2013)