Moldy Air Ducts
With all the rain and humidity we’ve been having here in South Louisiana, it’s no wonder we are receiving questions about moldy air ducts. Not to mention the mold issues in all the flooded properties. If you are wondering about moldy air ducts, we can help!
DO I HAVE MOLDY AIR DUCTS?
It’s hard to say for certain without IAQ testing, unless you can actually see mold. Mold needs four things to grow. Moisture, Oxygen, a Food Source and Temperature. We have certainly had the moisture, oxygen and temperature here in Louisiana. And considering dust is a food source for mold, you probably have all four things needed. While this doesn’t mean you have moldy air ducts, we do recommend a regular air duct cleaning. The EPA recommends cleaning your air ducts every 5-10 years. That frequency should increase if you have pets, allergies, etc. They also recommend a thorough air duct cleaning after a catastrophic event- like a flood.
WHY DUCT CLEANING AFTER A FLOOD?
When a house floods and extensive mold forms, those mold particles are airborne. If you have been cycling the moldy air throughout your air conditioning system, you should have the ducts cleaned to help remove the mold and dirt. Mold feeds on dust, so the more dust you remove, the better. We are recommending people wait to have their ducts cleaned as the final step, after drywall and painting. If you are living in your house while renovations are taking place, we recommend duct cleaning after professional mold remediation, before you move in, and then one final duct cleaning after all drywall work is complete. Drywall is a nasty business! There is a lot of dust and debris, and that also cycles into your air system.
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