Carpet is a long-lasting and versatile floor covering that is popular in both residential and commercial settings. Carpet comes in many different colors and styles, made of material like wool, nylon or other synthetic carpet fiber. A good carpet withstands lots of wear and tear, fading and more. However, one of the problems that may develop occurs when carpet fiber breaks into small pieces. It’s up to a carpet inspector to identify what is happening and why.
When carpet fiber deteriorates and breaks, it is known as fiber degradation. Often, the fiber comes in contact with some kind of harsh chemical, which causes breakage at the base of each tuft. Ultraviolet light can also affect nylon carpet fiber and cause degradation. When the fiber degradation is severe, it can even cause the material to turn to powder. Sometimes, there is a problem with the fibers during the manufacturing process that causes the fibers to break.
A carpet inspector can narrow down the cause of carpet fiber degradation by performing a series of tests and analyzing them in a lab. When the results are in, the flooring inspector can let the owner know what they discovered about the carpet fibers and why they are degrading.