Where Is The Most Dangerous Place To Find Mold In Your Home?
Finding mold in your home is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. What about the places mold can grow that you can’t see? In order for mold to grow in your home, it needs a combination of the right temperature, moisture level, and food source. It is important to complete a yearly inspection of your home so you can catch any mold growth before it becomes a major problem in your home.
Toxic spores like mildew and black mold can damage your home and health. Mold can cause respiratory issues as well as cause your home to rot in the structure of your home where it grows, not to mention the expense of having the mold removed in your home. This blog post is so important to read so you can gain an understanding where mold can grow in your home without being seen.
One of the most dangerous places that mold can grow in your home is your duct work.
So, what can you do to prevent mold from growing in your home’s duct work?
Getting your duct work professionally cleaned has proven to be extremely effective at removing mold from your ventilation system, which then makes your home much healthier. The key to this is having your ductwork cleaned by a professional, such as Five Star. There are plenty of at-home kits you can buy that might get some of the dirt and debris out of the ducts, but only an experienced professional duct work cleaning can get into every nook and cranny of your duct work to ensure everything that shouldn’t be in there has been removed and the ducts have been disinfected. No at-home kit can guarantee it will remove all the dirt and grim PLUS disinfect your duct work.
So, how do you determine when your duct work needs to be cleaned?
There are a few things you can review to decide if it’s time to get your duct work professionally cleaned.
Check the vent registers – Look around and on the vent registers on your ceilings, floors, and walls, as well as your air return grill. If you notice any dark particles collecting on or near the surfaces, it could be the beginning of mold growth or it could be dust collecting. Either way, if you notice this then it is important to have it checked out thoroughly.
Check inside the vents – By removing the vent registers and grill covers you can take a look into the vents. If you notice a thick coat of dust and debris just inside the vent, then the probability of mold growth is much higher if there is also a source of moisture nearby or in the ducts. Remember that when dirt and debris combine with moisture it is the perfect blend for mold to start growing.
Test for mold – You can purchase an inexpensive mold test kit at most home improvement store to confirm if you have mold growing in your duct work, but you can also smell near your vents to find out if there is a musty smell coming from them. If something doesn’t smell like it should, then it is probably a good time to get your duct work professionally inspected and cleaned.
If you are concerned about mold growth in your duct work, you have come to the right place! Five Star of the Upstate and Hendersonville, NC has been serving the upstate communities for over 35 years and we are consistently ranked #1 for a reason. We care about our customers and want them to live in a comfortable, safe, and healthy home.
To schedule your home’s duct cleaning, contact us today at 864-530-0040. We have convenient locations servicing you in Greenville, Spartanburg, Oconee, and Charleston, SC; Henderson, NC; and surrounding areas.