If you've ever had a pipe burst, a washing machine or dishwasher leak or a toilet back up, you know that even a little water can do a lot of damage. Especially when water is left standing for even a short period of time on a carpeted area, you may believe that you'll never get the floor dried out or back to normal again.
It's true that carpet is a tough surface to dry out.
Whether it was a bathtub leak or a sudden plumbing disaster, when you've got water all over your bathroom floor, it's important to get it cleaned up as soon as possible. Water can cause more damage the longer it is allowed to soak into a surface. And eventually, in addition to the possible structural damage to the floor and subfloor, there's also the danger of mold.
Because the bathroom is a humid environment, it's one of mold's favorite household locations.
The discovery of black mold growing in your home can only mean one thing: you have a moisture problem somewhere. Where there is moisture along with no ventilation, there will usually be mold and mildew. Once discovered, black mold must be eradicated as soon as possible to prevent further damage and any contact with your home's residents. Small areas can likely be cleaned yourself, but if the damage is extensive or covers a larger area, professional help may be necessary.