HVAC Mold Inspection
Mold loves to find “hidden” spots to grow and thrive. One potential location is right in your residential or commercial heating and cooling system. When not properly corrected, a mold infestation could present several potential health hazards, especially for anyone with respiratory conditions or ailments. If you suspect you may have an HVAC-related mold problem, the only way to know for sure is with an HVAC mold inspection.
What Is an HVAC Mold Inspection?
A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning mold inspection is one that focuses on the various parts of your HVAC system. An experienced inspector will evaluate your heating and cooling components, including ductwork and vents, blowers, filters, and other key parts. Clients usually receive a detailed report of all findings.
How Is It Done?
A qualified mold expert will typically look for evidence of current or past mold growth after turning off your HVAC system and putting on appropriate safety gear. Particular attention will be paid to heating and cooling parts with excessive amounts of dust and debris since it’s easy to overlook mold, or assume it’s only dirt. Areas with moisture are also usually checked because some type of moisture is needed to facilitate mold growth. Possible water/moisture sources in a heating/cooling system include:
• Condensation in vents or ducts
• Leaking or clogged drain pipes
• Water backups in drain pans
• Water leaks around the air handler if the drain line is blocked
When necessary, an inspector may take samples to determine what type of mold is present. Air samples may also be taken to check for the presence of airborne mold spores.
When Do You Need an Inspection?
It’s a good idea to consider an HVAC mold inspection if you’re noticing an increase in allergic reactions, eye irritations, or respiratory illnesses. You may also benefit from a professional inspection if:
• You have an older HVAC system that hasn’t been inspected in recent years
• You’ve noticed what may be mold during a self-inspection, but you aren’t sure
• Other people in your home or business are complaining of a persistent musty smell in the air
• You’ve had HVAC moisture problems in the past
• You’ve recently moved into a home with an older HVAC system
Indoor Air Quality
Even if nothing major is found during an HVAC mold inspection, the results can provide added peace of mind. If there is a mold problem and it’s corrected, it’s best to have another inspection done to make sure there are no further issues. An HVAC cleaning and restoration expert can perform a thorough evaluation and offer advice on how to prevent mold from coming back after it has been removed from your HVAC system and its related ducts, vents, and components.
If you already have one which has not been serviced in a while then you should call Pur-Vent LLC at (919) 702-7087 to get it cleaned as older systems tend to accumulate and recirculate air pollutants and can also lead to premature replacement of parts if left unchecked. You can also contact us here or message us on Facebook.