HVAC Mold Remediation
HVAC Mold Remediation can save you and your family from a plethora of physical health ailments related to mold inhalation and require sophisticated tools and specific treatment methods. If you discover mold in your home or suspect there may be mold growing then you should contact a professional immediately.
What To Do
If mold has invaded your home then it will quickly begin dispersing spores to infect other areas. If mold has developed in your HVAC system it will spread at a more accelerated rate due to the airflow pushing the spores everywhere else in the ducts and throughout your house into the air you breathe. There are many health risks and allergic reactions that mold spores can trigger causing issues in your respiratory system resulting in coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy eyes, runny nose, and a variety of other health problems.
Common Causes Of Mold In Air Ducts
It is common for mold to develop in dark damp places in certain areas of homes but it is also common to develop in ductwork as well. During hotter seasons, the cool air that is sent throughout your ducts causes condensation and can lead to moisture accumulation. This combination of warm damp air and moisture accumulation create ideal conditions for the mold to proliferate. Within a short amount of time, it can then spread throughout your home or business and cause serious problems for everyone.
If you find yourself in this situation then it is recommended to contact a professional HVAC mold remediation company like Pur-Vent LLC. Professionals have the tools, training, and the team needed to ensure the entire HVAC system is cleaned and will also ensure steps are taken to keep it from returning in the future. If you find a smaller more isolated outbreak then you can try some of these HVAC mold removal tips first before calling for professional assistance.
How To Remove Mold From HVAC System
There are a number of chemicals and natural cleaners that can be used when it comes to cleaning mold, but depending on the species and how far it has penetrated some will be more effective than others.
In order to clean air ducts properly, you will likely need to remove them from their place for the harder to reach sections of ventilation. You should first try to clean the majority of the mold out first by following the steps below.
When working with mold and hazardous chemicals and anti-microbial agents it is always recommended to wear personal protective equipment. Make sure you have non-permeable gloves, eyewear, and a breathing mask to avoid all contact with the mold. Turn off the HVAC system. As long as the air is blowing, mold spores are floating throughout the ductwork, making it extremely dangerous to your health.
- Identify the cause. Finding the cause of the mold is essential so you won’t have to worry about it returning in the future when you are done cleaning.
- Clean the air vent cover. Before applying any chemicals, close the register first. Then spray the vent cover with vinegar, allowing it to sit for an hour. You can then wipe down the surface with paper towels.
- Remove the air vent cover. After removing the screws from the cover, place it upside down on the floor on top of a plastic bag. Then repeat the process of spraying the back of the cover with vinegar, allowing it to sit for another hour and wiping it with paper towels afterward.
- Inspect the insulation. Mold thrives in insulation because of its porous surface and the moisture it can hold. If this is close to your ductwork, make sure that it is not affected or else you will need to throw it out right away and order a replacement.
- Clean the air ducts. As long as there is not an infestation within the ductwork, you should be able to spray the vinegar onto the metal and allow it to sit for an hour. Just make sure to wipe it with the paper towels after you are done, or it will only spread further. For spots that are harder to reach, you may have to remove part of the ductwork or contact a mold remediation specialist for help.
Vinegar is the most effective solution for removing mold because it penetrates through the surface and attacks the membrane, unlike other cleaners. But removing mold is considered dangerous and difficult due to the spores it releases as well as its ability to penetrate deep within its affected surface.
Professional HVAC Mold Remediation
If the mold is out of control or you just don’t have the time, tools or ability to perform the necessary mold removal steps recommended above then you can contact Pur-Vent LLC. Our professional mold remediation company will use advanced products to penetrate deep within the mold walls to eliminate it at the source. We will also remove the cause of the mold or inform you of what you can do – such as running a dehumidifier – to ensure the fungus does not return in the future. Finally, we will ensure that the mold does not return in the future by removing the cause or source of the moisture, disallowing it to develop in the same area.