We spend most of our time indoors; however, we are unaware of the health risks indoor pollutants can create. Mold is an extremely common and hazardous dilemma. From allergies to skin rashes, mold can cause a wide range of health problems, and those with suppressed immune systems (children and the elderly) are particularly susceptible to the effects of mold. Mold is everywhere and can be harmless, but if you’ve been experiencing aggravated health problems, mold could be the cause.
HVAC systems create a lot of moisture. If unmanaged, moisture combined with a warm environment, can be a breeding ground for mold throughout your air ducts and on your coil and blower. Once in your system, it can be difficult to remove without the proper tools.
The first step is to determine if mold is present. This is done by visually examining the premises. If mold is actively growing and visible, we then determine the level of remediation that is necessary.
In general, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not recommend mold testing or sampling unless an occupant of the space is symptomatic. Proclean professionals can perform mold testing if necessary at an additional charge.
If you are concerned mold is a problem in your HVAC system, follow these simple steps:
Molds can act as allergens, pathogens and toxins. Here at Proclean, we offer effective and safe mold remediation. During our process, the mold will be contained, killed, removed and treated. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most remediation jobs, especially larger or toxic jobs, should be handled by a qualified professional like Proclean. We follow the most rigorous industry protocols, as dictated by the National Air Duct Cleaner Association. We will solve your mold problem.
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The number one reason to clean your air ducts and HVAC system is to prevent mold from growing.
Conditions that promote mold growth:
The first step in an assessment is to determine if mold is present. This is done by visually examining the premises. If mold is growing and visible, this helps determine the level of remediation that is necessary. If mold is actively growing and is visibly confirmed, sampling for specific species of mold is unnecessary.
These methods, considered non-intrusive, only detect visible and odor-causing molds. Sometimes more intrusive methods are needed to assess the level of mold contamination. This would include moving furniture, lifting and/or removing carpets, checking behind wallpaper or paneling, checking in ventilation duct work, opening and exposing wall cavities, etc.
Careful detailed visual inspection and recognition of moldy odors should be used to find problems that require correction. Efforts should focus on areas where there are signs of liquid moisture or water vapor (humidity) or where moisture problems are suspected. The investigation goals should be to locate indoor mold growth, to determine how to correct the moisture problem, and remove contamination safely and effectively.
In general, the EPA does not recommend sampling unless an occupant of the space is symptomatic. Proclean air duct technicians can perform mold testing if necessary at an additional charge.
Sampling should only be conducted to answer a pertinent question:
Examples: “What is the spore concentration in the air?”, or “Is a particular species of fungi present in the building?”
The following additional question should be asked before sampling: “What action can or should a person take upon obtaining data?”
Mold in HVAC systems is a common problem. By their nature, HVAC systems create a lot of moisture and if left unmanaged, this moisture, combined with warm environments, can be a breeding ground for mold in your HVAC system. Once in your system, it can be hard to remove without using the right tools. It can also be harmful to your health, especially if you suffer from respiratory or immune deficiency health issues.
If you discover mold and mildew in your HVAC system, utilize a few common sense steps by following this list:
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