Mold damage in an HVAC system is a common complaint. Mold can grow and proliferate without ever being seen. One of the fastest ways to cross-contaminate a building with mold is through an HVAC system. While some level of microbial growth is always present in the HVAC system, there will be more in humid weather and less in dry weather. All that mold needs to grow is moisture, food, and time. Those three ingredients must be managed properly to prevent mold damage.
What makes HVAC systems a potential threat is lack of proper maintenance and the allowance of contaminants to build up. Many systems intake air from the outdoors or a basement. With particles continuously being pushed through the ducts, dust tends to collect in them. Dust contains organic materials, such as pollen and skin cells. These substances are the equivalent of food for mold, providing it the opportunity to grow and multiply. Add in the moisture that’s typically found in these systems, and it’s easy to see why mold can be a concern.
Signs of Mold in Your HVAC System
- You see mold in and around your air ducts, intake vents, and drip pans.
- There is a strong mildew or mold smell in your home.
- Family members are coughing, sneezing, and congested.
- You have irritated eyes, nose, or throat.
- Your skin has developed rashes.
- You or other family members are experiencing headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue.
If you suspect mold damage in your home, then address it immediately. There are plenty of do-it-yourself methods, but it takes a professional to truly remove the source of the mold and control the situation. So you can schedule a service online to have one of our IICRC and/or NADCA certified professionals come out to your property to evaluate the situation.
Prevent Mold from Growing in Your HVAC
- Replace the air filter on your HVAC system every three months.
- Insulate your air ducts. This will reduce the amount of condensation produced.
- Run a dehumidifier. When condensation occurs, if the air has a low level of humidity, the condensation will evaporate into the air instead of collecting.
- Keep your drip pans clean because allowing water to collect will promote the growth of mold.
- Dry any wet areas within 24 hours. This includes condensation, spills, leaks, etc.
- Get your ducts regularly inspected and cleaned by a professional contractor.
Let Us Help
Cleaning mold damage can be time-consuming and challenging. You can save yourself the trouble and risks associated with cleaning mold, though, by hiring a professional to do it for you. For nearly three decades Soil-Away has provided IICRC mold remediation and NADCA certified HVAC cleaning services to south/central NH and northeastern MA.