Do You Have Mold in Your Air Ducts?

Do you have mold in your duct work? Mold is more common in humid parts of the country, yet every home in San Diego likely contains some form of mold. Simply put: Mold is a part of our everyday environment, and mold can grow in damp environments anywhere.

However, the mere existence of mold in a household (or duct work) should not necessarily cause alarm. As The San Diego Union-Tribune writes: “Major [mold] myths still plague and unnecessarily panic homeowners association boards, managers and homeowners.”

And although mold likely exists in most homes, duct work mold is less common.

So before you panic, heed the wisdom of Angie Hicks of Angie’s List: “While it’s entirely possible that you do have mold in your air ducts, such claims are also a common scare tactic used by some less-than-scrupulous air duct cleaning companies, especially claims of toxic black mold.”

On the other hand, as Angie notes, duct work mold is “entirely possible”—especially wherever damp conditions exist, like your air condition system’s condensation pipe, evaporator coil, or drain pan.

The key to identifying and remediating a possible duct work mold problem is attentiveness. Routine inspections can help you identify damp areas—and possible mold infestations.

So what if you do find mold?

Some companies recommend “mold testing,” but as The Tribune notes: “The Environmental Protection Agency recommends against mold testing.” There is no established standard for mold levels—and so-called “tests” often serve no purpose, besides scaring homeowners. Visual evidence of mold is enough to establish an appropriate protocol.

If you believe you may have mold in your duct work, call a trusted professional duct cleaning company, like G&G Indoor Air Services. To learn more about your air duct mold removal options in San Diego County, call today.
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