Mold is something we all fear in our homes. An entire home sale can be derailed with the smallest hint of mold, and our sense of well-being in our houses can be disrupted when mold is present. Mold can be highly dangerous as well, and that is why it must be taken seriously.
The problem is people will look for mold on the walls, and in areas where water may be present, but they forget one of the most important places in their home; air ducts.
Our furnaces blow warm air to us throughout the winter, and when mold is in the ducts, that furnace is blowing mold spores into the air around us without anyone even realizing it.
This is why it is extremely important to have air ducts not only inspected, but cleaned, to prevent mold from appearing.
How Mold Grows
If the humidity in your home is too high, mold can grow anywhere, including your air ducts. Having mold in your air ducts does not mean you are not a good housekeeper, it means that there is excessive moisture in your home, and that is creating the perfect place for mold to grow. Sources of water, with dust and dirt, can cause real problems with mold in your air ducts. Mold requires a stable temperature, food source and moisture. Dust and dirt makes great food, the furnace provides a stable temperature, and in humid conditions, moisture is perfect.
Preventing Mold in Your Duct Work
There are many ways that you can prevent mold from growing in your air ducts. Preventing mold is much easier when compared with getting rid of it once it is there, and much cheaper as well. For one, keep the humidity level in your home between 40 and 60 per cent. You can use a dehumidifier in areas where it is damp, to prevent the humidity from getting too high.
Try to have proper ventilation in your home, especially exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom, and ensure the dryer vent goes outside the home.
Look around the home and fix any leaks where moisture may be coming in. Clean your bathrooms with mold-killing products, and remove any carpets that have become soaked or are not drying properly.
Get A Professional
If you are thinking of having the ducts cleaned and mold removed, hire a professional. You want to make sure the job is done right, otherwise you are just going to keep paying to have someone come in and clean out the mold. Instead, hire a professional through NADCA, which is an organization for duct cleaning professionals. These professionals are not only trained to deal with mold problems, but they have signed a Code of Ethics that ensures they will provide professional service to all their customers.
When you are dealing with mold, you don’t want to go with someone who does not know what they are doing. One out of 10 people have severe allergic reactions to mold, and if mold is in your home, the problem will only get worse until a professional takes care of it.