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How to Effectively Process Mold Removal from HVAC Air Ducts and Ceiling

inside of an hvac air duct

Mold removal from HVAC air duct systems and ceilings is a common problem in millions of homes worldwide. Additionally, with hot summer days or cold winter seasons, our HVAC system always provides an excellent temperature to combat the extreme heat or freezing temperatures outside. As a result, moisture builds up from these vents, making them the perfect spot for mold to thrive. Not to mention, leaving it unclean for an extended period will collect an alarming amount of dust, dirt, bacteria, and pet dander. The presence of bacteria and mold or just mold can contribute to a mild to severe allergic reaction or respiratory problems and infections.

With that being said, mold removal from your HVAC air ducts, ceiling, basement, or anywhere in your home should immediately result in professional help.

Understanding The Health Risk of Mold Growth in Air Duct Ceilings

What is Mold?

According to Healthline, mold is an organism that is part of the fungi family. There are thousands of mold types that you can find outdoors and indoors. Unlike mold outside, it serves as an integral part of our ecosystem. Meanwhile, mold inside the house is more problematic because it can cause several health problems.

Mold Health Risks

Mold growth is a common complaint and concern of millions of homeowners. These complaints range from its foul smell and appearance as well as a dangerous health risk to living occupants in the house.

Some signs of mold growth inside the house are:

  • Coughing
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny Nose
  • Eye Irritation
  • Skin Rash
  • Asthma

While these symptoms can have other underlying causes, mold circulating around your home can contribute to its severity. It is also important to realize that some people are unaffected. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t immediately call the professionals for mold removal.

Your HVAC system is a perfect breeding ground for mold because it easily traps moisture and is not an easy area to regularly check and clean. Not to mention your ceiling being affected as well. Mold not only poses a health threat to you but is also a risk to your home’s structure and foundation.

an alarming amount of debris and mold on grilles

Safe Mold Removal Methods

The mold removal process should be done by professionals, especially if you’re dealing with hard-to-reach places like your HVAC air ducts or severe types of mold. There are actually some types of mold that you can clean using commercially available cleaning solutions. However, you must first make necessary preparations because contact with mold is a health hazard.

Safety Preparations When During Mold Removal

Before removing mold from your homes, you must first gear yourself up by wearing quality cleaning gloves, protective goggles, coveralls, and an N95 mask to protect you.

The next step is ensuring you have all the materials you need to properly clean and equipment to remove mold from your ceilings, HVAC systems, walls, etc.

Two Different Mold Cleaning Methods

You can DIY your way towards cleaning your HVAC system and removing mold from its surfaces or hire professionals to properly and thoroughly deal with this.

Cleaning Method 1: Using Commercially Available Cleaning Solutions

The easiest way to remove mold is by purchasing mold removal cleaning agents that are available in the market and using them to clean and remove mold from your HVAC.

  • Step 1: Wear your protective gear to ensure you don’t contact the mold directly.
  • Step 2: Turn off your HVAC system.
  • Step 3: Prepare cleaning solutions and equipment such as brushes, vacuums, and air whips.
  • Step 4: Clean all components of your HVAC air duct system. It would be best to use wet vacuums to clean out any water. Then, an EPA-registered cleaning solution can be used to remove mold and mildew effectively.
  • Step 5: You can also apply a mold and mildew inhibitor for extra measure.

These steps are just the basics since they will depend on what type of HVAC air duct system you have and what mold you are faced with. Some molds are easier to remove, although others require a more rigorous method. It is also important to note that while most people remove mold from their HVAC system, some areas are much more difficult to deal with. Most professionals have the right tools to clean hard-to-reach places that won’t damage your system’s functionality. 

Cleaning Method 2: Calling Professional Cleaning Services

Professionals have a different approach to mold removal from HVAC systems. They have the expertise, materials, and resources to conduct a comprehensive process. Removing mold or various types of mold is a delicate process that needs proper care for the efficiency and longevity of your HVAC system.

A standard professional mold removal process is something like the following:

  • Step 1: Mold assessment and testing.
  • Step 2: Thoroughly inspect all parts of your HVAC duct, check filters, and replace them as needed only.
  • Step 3: Identify which areas have mold growth and what strategy to use to effectively remove it.
  • Step 4: Conduct indoor air quality testing (if needed).
  • Step 5: Wait for mold testing results.
  • Step 6: Upon results, professionals will strategize how to eliminate mold entirely as well as any trace of possible growth.
  • Step 7: Rigorous mold removal throughout the ductwork.
  • Step 8: Mold prevention process

Each step depends on how different companies handle these situations, but this is typically the basic step-by-step process. When it comes to dealing with more potent mold, you should immediately contact a reputable company to handle mold removal services for you.

technician working on mold removal on hvac system

Time to Call The Professionals

There’s never a wrong time to call professionals to come in and take care of mold problems for you. Most of the time, they’re happy to deal with this for you. Additionally, they have the extensive knowledge to fully comprehend how to deal with the situation for you. Not to mention, they know how to properly handle your HVAC system with care while properly clearing mold out of your system and your home entirely. 

R&E Home Solutions has been one of the trusted companies that handle mold removal & remediation efficiently. Our years in the industry have taught us different and proven techniques to get your air ducts up and running like they are new and eradicate existing and potential mold growth. We ensure that we walk our clients through the process from start to finish while providing affordability. Additionally, we make sure to provide regular maintenance tips as well as prevention tips to make sure they get their money’s worth with our services. Call us at  843 886-1683 for more details!

 

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