Mold in Ductwork

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Mold in Ductwork


When was the last time you checked your HVAC system for mold?

Do not wait to check your ducting for mold, seeing as if you do have mold it will only progressively get worse. Ducting do not get the attention or inspection that they need, due to being hidden and out of plain view. Many unsuspecting homeowners easily overlook proper home upkeep, which further compounds the mold trouble inside unseen ducts.

A large amount of mold spores can pose potential hazards to your health. Some people develop allergies from mere exposure to them. Others, who are more sensitive such as the children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems get irritated respiratory tracts or skin. They can be potentially toxic when inhaled, too.

Mold damages a property the longer it grows unnoticed. If you have the slightest doubt that your home heating or cooling system is contaminated with mold because of the musty smell on the premises, don’t run it. Doing so would at least slow down the spread of mold throughout the house. If you have a drop ceiling in the basement, make sure it is not too close to the ducting when the air conditioning is running. Otherwise, condensation will build on the drop ceiling, which will cause mold to grow.
Can I prevent mold from growing in my air ducts?
Testing and early detection are key to preventing mold from thriving in your ductwork. However, most people fail to realize the presence of mold until it is too late. Perhaps, it is because of lack of information about the awful effects of mold. It is tough enough to keep molds out of visible surfaces. Mold presence in hidden ductworks would be even more difficult. But you can’t just ignore the issue – or it will never get solved. You must hire an experienced professional to check the air ducts and other potential sites for mold growth.
What do I do to get remove the mold from the air ducts?
Do not attempt to clean up the mold growth inside the ductwork. According to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), only licensed service providers could check and eliminate growing molds in any property. Professionals have been properly trained and are certified with the skills and experience to carry out the proper clean up.

Professional inspectors would look into the source of moisture. After all, mold is a result of poor moisture or water control. Insulated air ducts, for instance, are prone to mold growth so even after thorough cleaning; the mold problem in air ducts might recur. It should be replaced with an HVAC system that does not get easily wet or moldy.
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