Mold anywhere in the home can be a massive problem. If it is not caught before it starts spreading, homeowners could end up facing a huge cleaning and repair job which could cost upwards of thousands of dollars. Additional, both mold and mildew have been link to several major health concerns, including allergies and respiratory problems. Most of the time, mold and mildew will grow in a damp location such as the bathroom. Occasionally, mold can grow somewhere much more insidious, such as in HVAC vents. Molding growing in HVAC vents is rare, but if it does occur, it could be the sign of a major problem. The HVAC unit could be delivering mold and mildew spores to everyone room in the home. Parker & Sons advises homeowners on mold and mildew in HVAC vents.
If homeowners are suspicious there may be mold or mildew growing in their home, the first place they should check should be the HVAC register. Mold already growing on the register is a sure sign of a greater infection somewhere inside the HVAC duct system. Even with a clean register, a problem may still exist. Individuals should play close attention to any smells or odors which emanate from their air ducts. If visual signs of mold are present, homeowners will have little need to perform a mold test. If there is an odor, but no visual signs of mold a qualified mold tester should be hired.
If a homeowner or renter has identified mold in their home, they should begin taking immediate steps to see that it is removed. If mold growth is left unattended, the situation will only grow more dire over time as the mold continues to spread.
To ensure that mold is 100 percent removed from the duct system, individuals should hire a company that specializes in mold cleaning and removal. If even a trace is left behind, the infestation could grow back. It is possible for homeowner to remove mold from HVAC ducts without the aid of a professional, however this is a highly involved process which needs to be thoroughly researched before it is attempted.
“Because the desert is so dry, we really don’t have to worry too much about mold growing in HVAC ducts. The fact that it doesn’t happen often, doesn’t mean that it never happens though. What I does mean, is that few people pay attention to the problem, so if it does happen, it may get wildly out of control before anyone notices,” said Josh Kelly of Parker & Sons.