How Does Mold Get Into Air Ducts?
Mold can grow in a variety of different places – on the walls, under floorboards, and more. But most homeowners forget that mold can also grow in the air ducts of an HVAC system. Because moisture passes through the vents, especially in an air conditioning unit, the ducts become a breeding ground for mold.
Mold in air ducts occurs when HVAC systems are not properly maintained, cleaned, and monitored. It also thrives in hot, humid areas. So, if you have unexpected leaks in your AC or if you don’t regularly clean our air ducts, you might have mold growing.
Is Mold in AC Vents Dangerous?
While not immediately fatal, exposure to mold can have harmful health effects. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prolonged mold exposure can lead to serious disease symptoms such as:
- Eye and skin irritation
- Nasal stiffness
- Upper respiratory tract infections
- Aggravated allergies and asthma
- Headaches and dizziness
If left unchecked, mold exposure can also hurt individuals with immune deficiencies and can cause chronic illness in children. Therefore, it’s important to regularly have your air ducts cleaned by professionals. At Lone Star Pro Services, we offer air duct decontamination services in Spring, TX targeted specifically for mold growth. We are certified in mold remediation and have the knowledge and tools to effectively remove mold in your air ducts. Reach out to our professionals to improve your indoor air quality.
What Does the Air Duct Decontamination Process for Mold Involve?
1.Inspection – The first step to mold remediation is inspection. We use advanced mold testing technology to uncover the source and location of the mold.
2.Mold Eating Enzymes – The next step involves an aerosol spray and a fogging machine which distributes a disinfectant solution to neutralize the bacteria and the mold.
3.Vacuum/Scrubbing – We then use a heavy-duty vacuum and HEPA air scrubber to remove mold from the air ducts. The mold particles should be safely removed from the ducts and disposed in an area where they won’t continue to grow.
4.Dehumidifying – After spraying a disinfectant on the air ducts, it’s best to use a dehumidifier to remove the moisture from the area.
If you believe you may have mold growing in the air ducts, it’s important to call a professional immediately. At Lone Star Pro Services, our team work quickly and efficiently to remove all traces of mold in your ductwork. Not only do we accurately diagnose the situation but offer lasting solutions. Regular air duct cleaning can help prevent mold growth so that you and your family can breathe a little easier.