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    November 8, 2019

    What to Do About Mold in Your Ducts

    Mold is sneaky. It can grow in places you might not have imagined, like your air ducts. This is a tricky thing to diagnose. You might think there could be mold in your home, considering your symptoms and other context clues, but not know where it’s hiding. The HVAC experts at Crawford Services are here to help you determine if you have a mold problem and what to do about mold in your ducts.

    How Do I Know If There’s Mold in My Air Ducts?

    Here are the signs that you may have mold in your home:

    • You start experiencing allergy symptoms, such as itchy eyes, nose, and throat.
    • You find it increasingly more difficult to take a deep breath while in your home.
    • A headache seizes you and your family members, but then releases you from its grasp once you leave your home.
    • As time goes on, you start to feel a little nauseous while you’re inside.
    • Your home smells musty or like mildew.

    These are the most common locations for mold growth:

    • Behind your refrigerator.
    • Underneath your kitchen sink.
    • On walls that cover water pipes.
    • In your attic, if you have a leak.
    • Around leaky windows.
    • Under soaked carpet padding.

    Consider the checklists above. If you find you are experiencing signs of mold, go to the places we mention and see if you can spot it. If you’re not seeing signs of mold in those locations, then it’s a safe bet that there’s mold lurking in your air ducts!

    Is It Safe to Attempt DIY Mold Removal in My Air Ducts?

    You may stumble across some articles online that suggest you could simply clean the mold out of your ducts, using a simple solution of household products. We would advise against this.

    For one thing, mixing cleaning solutions is never a good idea. A wrong measurement (an easy mistake) can have dire consequences, especially in an enclosed space like your air ducts.

    Second, going into your air ducts yourself, without proper training, can be dangerous on its own, even if you’re just going up there with a dry rag (which really wouldn’t do much for the mold). You could get stuck in the small space or get up close and personal with the mold you’re trying to avoid. This can have serious respiratory repercussions.

    Instead, here’s our advice:

    Hire an HVAC Professional for Duct Cleaning Services

    HVAC technicians are trained in a number of areas: HVAC unit repair, air conditioner and furnace maintenance, indoor air quality solutions, and duct cleaning. It’s important that a trained professional handle all these things because they’re knowledgeable about avoiding dangerous situations, like gas leaks during HVAC unit repairs and inhaling mold in air ducts.

    When you hire a Crawford Services professional for duct cleaning services, a background-checked, drug-tested HVAC technician will arrive at your door within 24 hours of your service request. During the duct cleaning process, we’ll extract any mold that could be residing there, so you can breathe more easily. We deliver exceptional comfort solutions. Call now!