When you think of household mold growing in your home, the first area that comes to mind probably isn’t the ductwork running throughout your home. Unfortunately, it’s a pretty common place for mold to grow.
The problem with mold growing in your ductwork is that you don’t know it’s there until it’s spread too much for you to take care of the issue on your own. Plus, without the right tools you won’t be able to even reach the areas where mold is growing.
Let’s go over some of the signs to look out for and what you need to do to prevent it from returning in the future.
How Does Mold Live in Your Ducts?
Mold can find a home almost anywhere but one of the more problematic places it can live is inside your ductwork.
Moisture can become trapped inside the ducts and the dust, dirt, and debris that collects there over time can serve as a virtual all-you-can-eat buffet for mold colonies.
With little to no way to check your ducts on a regular basis, the mold usually has time to spread throughout the ducts without you ever knowing it’s there.
What makes this problematic is that the ductwork of your house circulates the air throughout and, if there’s household mold growing in there, it’s also circulating any mold spores that are present at the time.
This can lead to everyone from you and your family to the pets in your house inhaling these spores and can lead to a multitude of health issues, especially if someone is allergic.
Household Mold Removal
This is one case where professionals are a must. They have the proper tools that allow them to see and get inside the ductwork and remove it without the risk of spreading it further throughout your house.
Prevention of Mold in Your Ducts
Prevention is key in this instance as it is in all cases of household mold. Moisture inside your ducts is inevitable, but if you have an especially humid house, you might consider investing in a dehumidifier. These are very helpful in decreasing the humidity in the house and in turn, will decrease the opportunities for mold growth.
You should also invest in an annual maintenance check of your furnace and ductwork. Because you can’t see up there yourself, have a professional come by annually to give the areas a thorough look to make sure there aren’t any beginnings of mold growth.
If you suspect you have mold growth in your ductwork, contact us. We have a team of professionals who are more than willing to answer any questions you might have. Contact us today!