Knowing Everything About Mold In Air ducting
Awareness regarding mold in air ducts has become a hot topic, and here is everything you need to know.
So it’s pretty much common knowledge now that black mold, in particular, is toxic.
Its effects on people exposed to it vary from mild to severe symptoms.
Also, its full effects on the human body are still being studied to gain a better understanding of them.
Specifics of Mold In Your Air Ducts
When the topic of mold comes up, the first thing that comes to mind is toxic black mold.
But there are other types of mold, in colors that range from yellow to orange and even red.
So the first indicator that you have mold in your air ducts is that you can hopefully see it. Particularly if the air duct intake vent is close to a bathroom door.
Sucked in steam from showering can provide the excess moisture that mold in air ducts needs to thrive.
But most of the time, you won’t be able to see mold in air ducts. It’s that distinctive musty smell mold gives off that is the biggest red flag.
Mold can exist in carpets, mattresses, and even on the backside of sheetrock walls. Here it can remain undetectable to the naked eye.
But if you can smell mold, it’s there somewhere. If it’s in your air ducts, that’s the worst place for it to be in your home.
If this is the case, mold-related symptoms can develop if they haven’t already.
Mild to severe symptoms like plugged ears, ringing ears, cold and flu-like symptoms, and even vivid nightmares.
Once toxic mold in any form becomes established, it won’t go away on its own.
It may increase or decrease depending on the climate and the season with the only solution being mold abatement.
Mold In Duct Work Can Cause Issues
Because you have air ducts does not mean that they have mold in them. Mold needs a combination of specific things to exist.
When your system is on, and the air is blowing through, it’s not a suitable environment for mold growth.
When the system shuts off there is no airflow. This is when your air ducts become ideal living quarters for toxic mold.
This is also why it’s often present on the backside of sheetrock. It can present within wall cavities, with no visible signs inside a home.
Then the dust and lint build-up in AC ducting provides an ideal food source for mold to thrive on.
Mold requires food, and it won’t pass up any potential food source.
Open your refrigerator and see for yourself. Anything in there left in a warm damp space will end up covered with mold.
One thing that seems to promote the growth of toxic mold and that is mouse and rat excrement.
Black mold thrives on cloth and paper, making it a common presence on sheetrock.
It’s the paper on the sheetrock surface that the mold is growing on.
But add in rat or mouse excrement, and it’s just like putting fertilizer on a struggling garden. It causes them to thrive with diversity.
If your home is already dealing with a mold infestation, contact our team with ASAP Restoration for help now!