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5 Signs You May Have Mold In Your Air Ducts and HVAC System

Mold problem in your air ducts and HVAC system

A mold problem can quickly grow out of hand, spreading within your walls, air ducts and HVAC system. Learn to recognize the signs quickly, so you can address the problem and nail down the source.

1. Medical symptoms

Quite a few medical problems can be worsened or triggered by the presence of mold in the home. If you or anyone in your home suddenly starts having any of these issues, it’s a good sign that something is seriously wrong with the air in your home—with mold at the top of the likely suspects list.

• Sore or itchy eyes
• Sneezing and coughing
• Sore throats
• Allergy symptoms
• Asthma or bronchitis
• Headaches, disorientation, or other neurological symptoms.

2. Smells

Unusual smells in your home can be one of the first signs that you have a mold problem, especially if you can’t pin down the source but it seems close to moist areas. If you notice the problem even more when you turn on the air conditioning or your heater, it may have taken root in or near your air ducts and HVAC system.

3. Seeing mold

It may surprise you to realize that many people see the mold in their bathrooms or other moist areas without realizing what it is. Similarly, you may see a small amount of mold and dismiss it as a minor problem—but where there’s a little mold, there’s an environment capable of supporting a lot more.

4. Excess moisture

High humidity, areas with excessive water condensation, leaks from pipes or your roof – any one of these WILL become a mold problem if it hasn’t already. Make sure you resolve the issue as soon as possible to prevent it from getting worse. Flooding, standing water, poor air flow, warped wood or paint – all of these can indicate moisture issues.

5. Unusual buildup of dust and dirt

Dirt and dust have a symbiotic relationship with mold; where there’s one, there’s a good chance you’ll find the other. That means keeping your home as clean as possible is your first line of defense against mold, and it also means that if your home starts getting dirty faster, you may have a problem.

As you can see, mold is intricately tied to moisture and mess—and can quickly cause a deterioration of your home and health. If you suspect a mold problem in your home, contact Atlanta Air Experts today for an air and mold test in Atlanta and adjoining areas.