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Three Things to Know About Removing Mold From Your AC Ducts

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

Many business owners are surprised to learn that black mold can grow inside the ductwork of air conditioning systems. If moisture gets inside the ducts, mold can form and spread throughout your building. Alternatively, there could be mold in another area of the building, such as a bathroom. The bathroom mold could release spores that get into the ventilation system. Regardless of the initial cause of the mold problem, you want to get it cleaned as quickly as possible since mold can pose a hazard to your building's structure. Here are three facts you should be aware of when removing mold from air conditioning ductwork:

1. Cleaning May Require Disassembling Your System
If you notice mold near the entrance of your air ducts, it could indicate that mold has spread throughout the ventilation system. The best way to know for sure is to hire a professional mold inspector. If the mold has spread throughout the ductwork, the AC system may need to be taken apart and cleaned in sections. Specialized heavy-duty cleaning agents are often required to get the job done correctly.

2. Mold Can Spread Past the Ductwork
There is a layer of insulation that normally surrounds air ducts. When black mold gets into a ventilation system, it can sometimes spread into the surrounding insulation material. Pull back a small section to check for black specks that could indicate a mold problem.

3. Mold Can Reappear
Mold is spread by spores. If these spores are not thoroughly removed, they may reattach themselves to a moist surface. It is important that you not only clean ducts but also find and repair the original source of the moisture. Once the moisture problem has been fixed, any remaining mold spores will not have a place to colonize.
Finding black mold inside of your business in University Place, WA, can be stressful. Luckily, you can work with a professional mold remediation service to locate the problem, clean the mold, and restore any damaged areas.

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