HVAC Mold Cleaning
Dealing with HVAC mold cleaning in your ventilation and air system can be a problem for many homes and businesses and is actually more common than you may think. Since mold can proliferate and grow pretty much anywhere moisture can accumulate means that mold is a very sneaky and flexible pest. The existence and growth of mold in your HVAC system can lead to people getting very sick until the issue is taken care of. If you happen to have mold in your system or suspect it then it’s highly recommended to act fast to get it removed, especially since the fasted way for it to spread is via your ventilation system.
Moldy HVAC systems are a common problem because of the nature of mold, it pretty much exists everywhere and is basically just waiting for the correct conditions and opportunity to grow. If there is moisture accumulating in your ducting then you may never know about it until it has spread so much that is visibly growing out of your air vents. Seasonally, there will always be more mold risk during moist months as compared to hotter and drier seasons, but that does not mean it can’t grow when it’s hot outside, it’s just more difficult for it to in dryer conditions.
If there is accumulating moisture in your ducts then it doesn’t matter what season it is. You can never remove mod completely from the environment as it is a common natural occurrence, but you can control whether or not it grows and spreads in your system or not.
According to the U.S. EPA, you should routinely inspect your HVAC systems, not just for mold, but for moisture. You can perform a basic inspection yourself by looking at the drain and condensation pans to make sure they are draining properly. If they are clogged and moisture is accumulating you can bet there will be mold before too long. You will also want to check other components of the system like the air handlers, blowers and plenums to ensure they are free of any moisture. If you don’t have the tools, time or ability to do an inspection you can call the professionals at Pur-Vent LLC.
Since mold can grow in as little as 48 hours, you may still have issues with unforeseen mold that could potentially plague your home. If regular self-inspections still aren’t cutting it, then you can follow these HVAC Contractor cleanup tips to further deal with HVAC mold:
HVAC Mold Cleaning Tips
1.) Turn off your HVAC system.
2.) Everyone involved in this cleaning should wear at least an N-95 respirator
3.) Replace anything porous, such as filters or insulation that has become wet. Double-bag the waste using at 6-mil or thicker plastic bags.
4.) Use wet vacuums to clean out any standing water.
5.) Use an EPA registered disinfectant labeled for HVAC use to clean nonporous surfaces (Ductwork, coils, plenums, pans, etc) of mold, mildew and other dirt. BBJ MMR-II ready-to-use disinfectant and mold cleaner will kill and remove mold, mildew, and odor-causing bacteria.
6.) As an added measure, isolate each section of ductwork you clean with bladders so the spores you stir up during cleaning don’t spread to other parts of the system or the building. Fog the area with an EPA registered disinfectant.
7.) Apply a mold and mildew inhibitor to all components of the HVAC systems. Again, this must be EPA registered and specifically labeled for use in HVAC systems to limit risks associated with using the wrong chemicals and cleaners in HVAC systems.
8.) As a final step, HEPA vacuum anything that you cleaned up.