Can Mold Grow In My Ducts?

December 19, 2022

As a homeowner, you need to know as much as possible about the things that could go wrong in your home. In doing so, you are allowing yourself the ability to quickly take care of issues and catch problems early on before they have a chance to turn into something major. One issue you may be concerned about is mold in the air ducts of your home. While this is uncommon, mold can most definitely grow in air ducts. Let’s learn a little more about this.

Symptoms of Mold in Air Ducts

Believe it or not, every house can have at least a small amount of mold. The CDC doesn’t have any specific standards regarding the amount of acceptable mold in a home.

Regardless, if you are concerned about mold growing in your air ducts, there are some symptoms you can keep an eye out for. However, keep in mind that these symptoms are not always indicative of the presence of mold, as they can also be a sign of many other things.

Some possible signs of mold growth within your home’s air duct system include:

  • Distinctive mildew or mold-like smell in the home
  • Nausea, dizziness, and fatigue while at home
  • Headaches that tend to disappear when outdoors
  • Coughing and sneezing when entering the home or turning on the AC
  • Visible presence of mold on the ducting exterior, drip pans, and air handler

What Causes Mold to Grow in Air Ducts?

There are many different reasons mold may begin to grow in your home’s air ducts. Here are a few of them:

  • Humidity levels
  • Too large of an AC unit
  • Too low of a temperature setting on the AC
  • Condensation
  • Inadequate ventilation
  • Leaks in the ducting

Solve Your Mold Problem with Mold Remediation

Visual signs of mold in air ducts need to be treated immediately. Allergic reactions to mold may be immediate or delayed, but they are common. To ensure the health and safety of all household members, it is imperative to remain proactive against the growth of mold.

You should have your home tested if you believe mold is present in the air ducts or anywhere in the home. If the tests come back reporting mold growth, you should speak to a mold remediation professional to treat the mold. The cost of mold remediation varies from one case to the next, but you can contact us for an individual quote. Ahold of Mold Environmental is committed to helping home and business owners maintain a safe, healthy environment.

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