Cleaning Air Ducts To Avoid Mold Invasions


A mold spore is mold's way of reproducing. Once mature, mold sends out millions of mold spores that drift on air currents hoping to find a comfortable place to settle down. They can sit in a forgotten corner of your house, waiting for the right conditions, including moisture, to allow them to grow. What does a run-down of how mold reproduces have to do with air duct cleaning? Dirty ducts can deliver mold spores all over your house. 

Mold Delivery

Dust, dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and other air pollutants can gather in your ducts. Mold spores that find their way into your ducts will sit there biding their time. As long as there is no moisture in your ducts, you don't have to worry about mold starting to grow, but mold can still cause problems. As air moves through your ducts, it will pick up mold spores and waft them all over their house. All it takes is for one spore to find a damp, dark spot in your bathroom or kitchen, and you have a mold invasion on your hands. 

It Gets Worse

If any sort of a flooding event introduces water into your duct system, mold can start to grow inside your ducts. If mold starts growing, you don't have to worry about one mold spore, you have to worry about all of the mold spores that one spot of mold can produce. An overflowing river could definitely introduce mold into your house, but so could an overflowing bathtub. So even if you don't live close to a body of water, you still have to worry about mold in your ducts.

The Solution

The best way to make sure that mold does not cause problems for you is to make sure that you keep your ducts clean. You can inspect your ducts by popping off vent covers and using a flashlight to look down your ducts. If you see that the walls are coated with grime, it is time for a duct cleaning. Furthermore, if water gets introduced into your ducts for any reason, you should have your ducts cleaned just in case. 

You might not think that you have a mold problem in your home, but that's the thing with mold: you don't think you have a problem until you do. To prevent mold from invading your home, make sure your ducts are an inhospitable environment. If your ducts need to be cleaned, contact a company like Homeplace Furnace Duct & Fireplace Cleaning for assistance.


19 August 2016

Understanding Advances in HVAC Systems

When our air conditioner broke last year, I was fairly confident that we would be left trying to choose a similar system for a bunch of money. However, our friend who works as a general contractor explained that there were all kinds of neat advances in HVAC systems that might help us out. He explained that we might be able to enjoy a quieter system or one that filters our indoor air more effectively. We liked the sound of that, so we started shopping for a new system. After finding an air conditioner that was perfect for our place, we started this blog to educate other homeowners about new technology.