How To Avoid and Deal With Mold In My HVAC System?

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Mold in your HVAC system is never a fun situation to deal with it, and we can attest to the messy clean-up. While mold in your HVAC system can be scary to think about, we need to say that the issue is easily preventable with the proper steps. We explain how to avoid mold and combat mold if you already see signs of spore in your HVAC system.


How To Prevent Mold

Preventing mold from growing in your HVAC system is your best way to combat mold! When it comes to mold growth, you always need to remember that mold spores love one thing the most, and that is a source of water. Whether from humidity or a leak, mold will use nearby water to ensure it can grow into a nasty bundle of spores.


We always recommend that homeowners check the drain pans in their HVAC units because you'd be surprised how often this part is neglected. Drain pans that are not regularly cleaned will allow standing water to pool up, leading to an excellent environment for mold.


When you're cleaning your air filters, always make sure to properly dry your filters before reinstalling them in your HVAC system. A dry filter is a happy filter! Also, while you clean, you can use an HVAC mold inhibitor to help keep mold spores away from your air ducts.


Generally, routine cleaning can be your best deterrent against mold growth! We know how time-consuming cleaning can be, and don't worry, we offer a cleaning service with our routine maintenance plans.

What If I Have Mold Already?

While mold prevention is the best path to take, what if you are in a sticky situation and already have a lot of mold growth in your HVAC system? Don't worry; we can help you tough this situation!


Not every mold spore is the same, but there are some typical signs to watch when you suspect mold is growing in your HVAC system. Musty or mildewy smells are your vent's most significant sign of mold growth. Don't just spray some air freshener to make the smell; take note of where the smell comes from around your vents!

While you can spot mold in familiar places like drain pans or around leaks, sometimes hard-to-spot mold growth can come with other clues. This could signify mold growth if you have sudden allergy symptoms, nausea, fatigue, or even headaches.


So you spotted the mold, now what? While many online solutions tell you cleaning mold can be simply done with some vinegar and baking soda, we have to say leave it to the pros. Here's the problem with a DIY solution, it's not going to target all mold spots. If you miss even one potential area of mold growth, you may see some temporary alleviation, but that mold will continue to grow. With a professional cleaning service, you get in-depth cleaning across your air vents, HVAC drain pans, and any nooks and crannies that are hard to get to with just a Phillips head screwdriver.


At Air Treatment Company we always want to help you with any HVAC problem you have, so when you call (703) 270-0881 we'll make sure to work tooth and nail to get you the best service around!