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How To Tell if Your Air Ducts Have Mold

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Dirty air duct. When it comes to HVAC cleaning, make sure to get the job done right.

You may not realize it, but the heating and cooling (HVAC) system in your building provides the perfect conditions for mold to grow. The moisture that collects in your air conditioning drip pans and evaporator coils, as well as in the air ducts, creates just the right environment. As cool or heated air is blown into the building through the vents, it will bring mold and mildew along with it. A mold remediation specialist should inspect the system periodically and conduct a thorough HVAC cleaning.
Between inspections by a professional, there are some telltale signs to watch for that would indicate mold growth.

Look for Mold in Your Heating and Cooling System
Routine inspections are the best way to keep your building in Cheltenham, PA, from becoming overrun by mold. Look for any signs of mold in the following areas:

Ductwork - Run a flashlight into the ducts to look for mold and moisture. Mold is usually spotty and black or gray.
Registers - Inspect the registers for any visible signs of mold.
Drip pans for the furnace and air conditioner - Make sure that the pans are draining. If they become plugged, moisture can accumulate, which is an invitation for mold.
Evaporator coils - Mold can grow around the coils, so inspect them carefully.

If any Mold is spotted, call a professional as soon as possible to inspect the system and perform an HVAC cleaning.

Let Your Nose Be Your Guide
Since mold spores are very light, they can easily become airborne. Mold tends to have a very distinct and unpleasant smell, so you may smell it even before you see it. Be alert to any unusual odors near the building’s registers.

You might think that you can do a good job cleaning vents and air ducts, but only a professional can tackle the problem safely and properly. When it comes to HVAC cleaning, make sure to get the job done right.

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