HVAC Mold Removal Tips from the Longview Heating Experts

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In our last blog post, we talked about how to prevent the growth of mold in your home.

Unfortunately, sometimes even the best prevention isn’t enough, especially in a humid climate like East Texas. Mold can start growing in your ductwork and even in your Longview heating and air conditioning systems even if you take preventative measures!

Today we’ll talk about what to do if you suspect that there is mold in your HVAC system.

  1. Locate Source: Before anything else, you need to find the source(s) of mold in your home. Call in a licensed mold inspector to check for mold everywhere, like your ductwork, walls, Longview heating and air conditioning systems, and vents. He or she will diagnose whether there is one or more sources of mold.
  2. Discover the Problem: After you’ve had a professional locate all sources of the mold, it’s time to address the root of the problem: why the mold started growing there in the first place! If mold is found in your Longview heating system, the professional may begin by shining UV light into the system to detect the amount of mold, and then test the area.
  3. Remove Mold: To remove the mold from your Longview heating system, the professional may perform a powerful high-output Ozone treatment, during which the return air duct is injected with Ozone for several hours. In turn, that injection will eventually travel out through the rest of the house’s ducts, destroying mold growth and spores in every room. If the mold is in your A/C unit and not your Longview heating unit, your mold remediator may choose to use a fogging machine to disperse an effective fungicide (EPA approved) into the A/C ductwork.
  4. Dry it Out: After all treatments are finished, it’s crucial that all your ductwork and HVAC systems are dry, even if it means replacing wet insulation. Even though this may mean spending more money, it’s worth it in the long run. If your insulation is allowed to remain even slightly wet, you’ll probably be faced with the problem of mold removal all over again.

After mold has been removed from your home, remember to clean your ducts and vents, keep your home humidity around 45-50% by using some of these tips, and have regular maintenance done on your HVAC systems. By following these tips, you can help reduce the chance of mold reappearing in your home.

For all your HVAC questions or needs, contact TDI Air Conditioning.

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