The ductwork in your home is a cozy and ideal place for mold to take hold. Though not common, if mold has indeed set up residence throughout your air ducts, you can’t get rid of it fast enough.
Air ducts serve as the transportation system of air throughout your entire house. Along with this air, dust, dirt, hair, dust mites and yes even mold can make its way into the air you breathe.
Air quality is important for your family’s health. If you have discovered mold in your air ducts, you can be sure that it didn’t originate there. It’s prudent to locate the source. Look around all the dark spaces of your home. You’re looking for any moisture on the inside of your home and often, the basement is a good place to start. Eliminating the source is necessary to avoid future problems. If you’ve established that you have a mold problem in your ductwork, there are several things that you can do to eliminate that mold.
Have your ductwork cleaned
The obvious answer is to have your ducts cleaned by a professional. Someone with the right equipment, loads of experience and great references should be the minimum requirements while rounding up those quotes. Remember, sometimes you get exactly what you pay for. How many vents you have in your home along with square footage will affect the price. Also, factors such as how many entry points the company is going to be accessing and how much suction their truck will allow, will increase or decrease the price.
Sanitize your ductwork
While cleaning your ductwork might only involve sucking out dust and all the “stuff” that comes with it, sanitizing your air ducts is likely going to be a separate process. Some air duct cleaning companies offer a sanitation package that includes a spray on solution that will kill mold. You could also hire a mold remediation company to come in.
Clean your HVAC
If you’ve found mold in your air ducts, it is recommended that components of your HVAC be removed and cleaned such as the A/C coils. A thorough cleaning of your furnace and air conditioner will ensure that all mold spores are eliminated and will reduce the risk of a re-occurrence.
Keep air ducts in good repair
Inspecting and repairing your air ducts on a regular basis will go a long way in preventing a mold problem in the first place. Repair any leaks that could draw in dirt and moisture, and don’t forget the attic. During the summer months, when the air conditioner is running and the humidity outside is off the charts, moisture in your ductwork can cake on the dirt and become a breeding ground for mold spores.
You can hire the professionals to test your air ducts, but you don’t always need to. If you can see or smell mold, you likely have mold. Having the professionals pay a visit, may only confirm what you already know. Mold does not hide easily and once mold spores take hold, they can grow rapidly. If you’re not sure, call in the professionals. A qualified mold tester will give a definitive answer.
Don’t let mold put you and your family at risk. Poor air quality can and will cause a number of health problems. Getting rid of a mold problem will have you and your loved ones breathing clean air again in no time. Contact us and our team of professionals will be ready to help you with your mold problems.