Mold in air ducts? What can I do to fix that?
What causes mold to grow in air ducts?
Mold in Air Ducts – Mold grows in ductwork when two things are present: moisture and warm temperatures. A warm, humid environment has the ideal conditions for mold to form. A humid climate along with poor ventilation, or anything that traps moisture in your walls and causes condensation, can lead to mold in air ducts.
Here are some of the HVAC problems that can contribute to these conditions and ultimately mold growth:
IF YOUR AC UNIT IS OVERSIZED for the space you have, one of the problems that it can cause is mold in air ducts. Larger units can cool small spaces too quickly and turn off before dehumidifying the air, leading to excess moisture. This moisture can build up in your rooms and ductwork. If you see mold shortly after a new installation, check to make sure you’ve got the proper sized equipment for the space you have.
SETTING YOUR AC ON A VERY LOW TEMPERATURE can sometimes lead to mold around the vents. When the cool air from the vents meets the warm air in the room, the temperature difference can cause moisture in the air to condense on surfaces in and around the vents. If that moisture builds up and never gets a chance to dry out, it can lead to mold growth. This is called the temperature differential and usually takes about 20 degrees of difference for moisture to form. If you don’t notice it for a while, the moisture can make its way into your air ducts. Mold in Air Ducts
However, if your DUCTS HAVE LEAKS that let in warm air, this temperature differential can cause the same kind of problem. The difference between the cold air in the ducts and warm air in the walls can cause moisture to condense on the ducts, giving mold a perfect environment to grow. In this case, you’ll need extensive duct cleaning with mold remediation, and you’ll want to make sure to seal up the leaks in the ducts to prevent the problem from returning.
Why you need a professional to remove mold
Hiring a professional to clean may seem like an unnecessary expense, but technicians can take care of mold and help prevent it from coming back more effectively and safely than you can do yourself.
First of all, SCRUBBING MOLD WITH ORDINARY CLEANERS WON’T MAKE IT GO AWAY. Regular cleaning products will leave behind enough mold for it to easily grow back. Professionals have the proper equipment to protect themselves and your home or business from not only the mold, but the chemicals they use to clean it.
YOU COULD ALSO ACCIDENTALLY DAMAGE YOUR HVAC SYSTEM IF YOU TRY TO CLEAN MOLD IN AIR DUCTS YOURSELF. Professionals know what to look for and how to treat your AC with care. Professional ductwork cleaners have HVAC training, so they’ll be familiar with your system and know how to clean it without damaging it. They also use the correct mold growth inhibitor products to prevent it from coming back, and they know how to properly dispose of tools to prevent contaminating other areas. Mold in Air Ducts
Our professionally trained technicians have helped AirWiz Ducts Cleaners become an expert in the ducts cleaned and dryer vent cleaning field. We are proud of the fact that our company has been selected to work in some of the nation’s landmark institutions. After successfully performing HVAC air duct cleaning on more than 100,000 systems, AirWiz Air Duct Cleaning Maryland DC and Virginia is:
- A proud member of NADCA (National Ducts Cleaners Association) for 20 years.
- Certified by NADCA in Ventilation System Mold Remediation (VSMR) and Certified Ventilation Inspection (CVI).
- AirWiz An active member of IAQA (Indoor Air Quality Association).
AirWiz Our technicians have received recognition for their high quality work, including:
- Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2007 – 2018
- We are NADCA’s Safety Award Recipient (eight times), past winner of Outstanding Safety Award
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