How to Remove & Prevent Black Mold Growth in Ductwork
Mold often lurks out of sight and in hidden places. In particular, black mold likes dark, damp places (like ductwork) and unchecked can take over your entire ductwork system.
Black Mold Can Cause Health Issues
Black mold reproduces by releasing spores into the surrounding area. If a person ingests or inhales the spores, they can become ill. If black mold is in your growing in your ductwork, then spores are probably being distributed throughout your house.
If any of your family members are suffering from these symptoms, then black mold could be a culprit.
- Skin Rashes
- Unexplained Fatigue
- Coughing and Sneezing
- Eye Irritation
Severe exposure to mold can even lead to more severe conditions such as vomiting and bleeding of the lungs and nose. If you or your family are experiencing any of these symptoms, then see your doctor and call a professional air duct cleaning service for an inspection of your system.
Removing Black Mold from Air Ducts
Mold removal from air ducts is challenging. You must remove all the spores or the mold will start to regrow over time. The best way to prevent a reoccurrence of the issue is to thoroughly clean the ducts and eliminate factors contributing to the growth.
- Test a sample of the “mold” from your air duct. By confirming that it is indeed black mold, you can avoid unnecessary cleanup.
- Identify the cause of the mold. Do you need to invest in a dehumidifier? Is there a leak in your ductwork?
- Check the ductwork insulation for mold. If any is found, then you will need to replace the insulation as part of the cleanup.
- Have a NADCA recognized cleaner professionally clean your air ducts. They should have specialized knowledge and experience in removing mold.
How to Prevent Black Mold Growth in Ductwork
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and it is much easier to prevent mold from growing in your ducts than it is to clean it out after it’s become established.
- Ensure you have good air quality by investing in a HEPA filter.
- Have your HVAC professional perform an annual inspection and cleaning of your system.
- Consider purchasing a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air.
- Get a regular air duct cleaning from a reputable company to prevent mold, dirt, and debris from building up in the system.