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12-11-17, 10:05 PM   #1 (permalink)  
Green powder under carpet

Hey, I discovered green 'powder'ish under the carpet. The carpet is 25 years old but it has been well cared. Is this green stuff padding or mold? I do not smell anything weird. I attached the image.

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12-11-17, 10:10 PM   #2 (permalink)  
Don't know what you are looking at, but it looks like particle board under the carpet.

 
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12-12-17, 12:58 AM   #3 (permalink)  
Cant really tell what we're look at in the picture, but 25 year old carpet you more than got your monies worth.

What is the green stuff, with that amount of time and all the dirt and krud, and every thing else in the air that has settled down it could be anything!

 
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12-12-17, 03:51 AM   #4 (permalink)  
If the neither the carpet padding or subfloor have gotten wet for any extended period of time it's highly unlikely it's mold. Mold requires heat, a food source and moisture to grow.


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12-12-17, 05:24 AM   #5 (permalink)  
Hi Kernal and welcome to the forum,
Just guessing, but that looks like a picture of a heat register so there might have been a metal register in place. Between the metal duct and a metal register you might have gotten some oxidation. Too much guessing so can you give us a few more pictures and additional explanation.
Is there a pad under the carpet? Do you have air conditioning?

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12-12-17, 06:22 AM   #6 (permalink)  
Oh, I see what you are asking now. Yeah, it's a duct, not particle board... (thanks bud) and the greenish powder is your padding... it disintegrates over time and will turn to powder. Definitely not mold.

 
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12-15-17, 09:34 PM   #7 (permalink)  
Like x sleeper said, probably pad. Some of it turned green with age.


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12-15-17, 09:43 PM   #8 (permalink)  
Thank a lot for all replies. If it is padding, it is probably full of toxic flame retardants. Is it dangerous to remove the padding myself without precautions? Or should I just do it under negative pressure and hepa air scrubber?

 
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12-16-17, 04:02 AM   #9 (permalink)  
I would think wearing a dust mask would be sufficient although someone with respiratory issues might need more. Wait and see what the others say/think.


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12-16-17, 02:44 PM   #10 (permalink)  
I have never seen any issues with removing pad.


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