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Question DetailsAsked on 10/22/2016

How dangerous is white mold in basement? It appears that there was a water leak and the carpet was not removed.

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There is argument about whether white mold is less hazardous than green or black - but if it is mold, either way you want to get it cleaned up - which in the case of a carpet means treating it with a mildewcide (to avoid spreading spores all over the house in the process), then tearing it out and plastic bagging/wrapping it for removal and scrapping it, then doing a mold cleanup and disinfection on all affected surfaces before reinstalling flooring.

Since you said carpet - could be mildew or mold but highly unlikely to be efflorescence, so same end result.

If water leak was very recent and due to broken pipe or toilet overflow or such, if the damage was significant your homeowner's insurance might cover it (subject to deductible for the entire loss). If some time ago, a slow long-term leak, or due to groundwater or outdoor flooding or such - usually no such luck as those are usually excluded in homeowner's policies (or covered by flood insurance in the event of exterior flooding).

A Water and Smokie Damage contrator or Mold Remediation contractor would be your normal vendor category for this work, depending on how severe the mold is elsewhere than in the carpet.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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