Mold can grow almost anywhere. The problem with mold growth in certain areas, though, is that the mold can easily be circulated to other areas of your home, especially if mold is growing in your air ducts.
There is sometimes visual evidence that you have mold growing in your air ducts. Otherwise, you may have a hunch that there is mold growing in your air ducts, but you won't know for sure unless you have them inspected by professionals. Mold is most likely to grow in areas that have a lot of moisture. Dirt and debris that accumulates in your air ducts can create an inviting atmosphere for mold.
Correcting Mold in Your Ducts
Ductwork can sometimes have a problem with moisture because drain and condensate pans are not draining properly. When they become plugged, they can become a haven for mold growth. To correct this problem, you'll want to first shut off your HVAC system. Then, you'll need to remove anything porous that has become wet, such as insulation. Anything that is wet can contribute to the growth of mold in your air ducts.
If there is any standing water, use a wet vacuum to remove the water. Some vacuums, such as hot water extractors, can be used safely to remove water. Then, to fully remove the mold from your ducts, you'll need to hire an air duct cleaning specialist.
Some air duct cleaning you can perform on your own. However, if you want to clean your ducts to a depth where you'll be able to fully remove the mold problem, you'll want to turn to a company that specializes in air duct cleaning.
The Importance of Removing Mold
Mold removal from air ducts is very important, especially if you will be removing mold from ducts that contain black mold. While all forms of mold can be bad for the health of you and your family, black mold is especially hazardous and can even be lethal, especially for children or the elderly.
If you're exposed to black mold, you might notice a stuffy nose, wheezing, and throat irritation. You may also notice black mold in other areas of your home, such as on walls, on the ceiling, and on fabrics. Mold does not remain in one location but will spread, especially through air ducts. Because of the dangers of black mold and other molds, it's important to have your air ducts cleaned of mold.
For more information, contact an air duct cleaning service in your area.