Should I have the air ducts in my home
- The key to mold control is moisture control.
- If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up
the mold promptly and fix the water problem.
- It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items
within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
You should consider having the air
ducts in your home cleaned if:
There is substantial visible mold
growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of
your heating and cooling system. There are several important points to
understand concerning mold detection in heating and cooling systems:
- Many sections of your heating and cooling system may
not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask the service provider to
show you any mold they say exists.
- You should be aware that although a substance may look
like mold, a positive determination of whether it is mold or not can be made
only by an expert and may require laboratory analysis for final
confirmation. For about 50, some microbiology laboratories can tell
you whether a sample sent to them on a clear strip of sticky household
tape is mold or simply a substance that resembles it.
- If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets
wet or moldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and
- If the conditions causing the mold growth in the first
place are not corrected, mold growth will recur.