Regardless of the climate you live in, your air ducts can be the perfect
host to a wide variety of mold strains, with some of them able to cause
moderate to severe health problems. Never neglect regular maintenance
on your air ducts, as your health and the health of your family could
be affected by a mold outbreak in your vents. Air duct mold is particularly
dangerous for infants, small children, seniors, pets and anyone with a
weakened or compromised immune system.
How Mold Enters an Air Duct
Mold typically enters an air duct system any time steady amounts of water
or condensation are present in the vents. If an air conditioning unit
is infected with a strain of mold, often times it will spread from the
air conditioning unit throughout the air duct system. If there is a low
spot in your ducts where moisture can pool, then you can bet that mold
will eventually be attracted to it. Think about your air ducts, they are
the perfect spot for mold to thrive without being stopped, it's dark,
untouched, and if it's there, it's growing off the whatever moisture
is still occuring.
The best way to prevent mold from growing inside of your air ducts is to
keep the ducts as dry as possible and have them regularly cleaned and
checked by experienced technicians so that dirt, grime, and other water
trapping substances are not present within the airways.
Air Duct Mold Health Hazards
Mold growing in your air ducts will send mold spores out of the duct and
into your living space. Once you come into contact with these spores or
breath them into your airways you can be subject to a wide variety of
negative health effects, some of them being deadly.
Air duct mold exposure symptoms include headaches, sneezing, coughing,
a runny nose, eye irritation, skin irritation, difficulty breathing, tightness
in the chest, and severe or fatal neurological issues.
A List of 7 Common Air Duct Mold Types
Acremonium - This common type of air duct mold forms over many months or even years.
It takes on a white powdery appearance and will typically concentrate
around moist or wet parts of your vents.
Alternaria - This is another extremely common air duct mold strain. It takes on the
appearance of velvet like fabric and is usually green or brown in color.
This mold strain needs a significant and constant supply of air duct water.
Aspergillus - Can take on a wide range of appearances, making it somewhat difficult
to identify unless you have a very trained eye. It is commonly found around
air duct leaks and can take on a brown, yellow, or white color.
Fusarium - This mold strain is commonly found in air ducts that have been significantly
damaged by water leaks or excess condensation. It is known to spread outside
of air ducts and on to wall surfaces prone to receiving condensation.
Mucor - This type of mold usually grows in air conditioning units. It typically
is spread from the air conditioner unit throughout the entire air duct
system of a house. It is extremely toxic and needs to be dealt with quickly.
Stachybotrys - This black colored mold is very toxic. While it is easy to visually
identify, it has a tendency to develop deep in air ducts, making it somewhat
difficult to spot. It is known to rapidly spread with adequate moisture.
Trichoderma - This gray, white, or green-ish colored mold needs a steady supply of
water to take root in an air duct. Unfortunately, air conditioning units
give this mold strain enough airborne moisture to feed on, allowing it
to spread rapidly throughout a duct system.
How We Remove Mold From Your Air Ducts
Never gamble with your health or the health of your family by allowing
mold to grow unchecked within your air ducts. At Tom's Mechanical,
we are certified professionals with years of experience in
cleaning air ducts to ensure they do not possess the right conditions for mold strains to grow.
If mold is present within your air ducts, we can identify the exact mold
strain present and immediately get to work at removing it. To remove it,
we typically use HVAC systems that can safely suck the mold out of the
ducts, preventing it from traveling further into your living space. In
some cases, we can even manually clean the mold using special anti-mold
treatments that are non-toxic and highly effective.
Contact Tom's Mechanical today to schedule your next duct cleaning service.