Mold in the home can be dangerous. In fact, certain types of mold can trigger illnesses in people. Unfortunately, mold often grows in places not visible to you, such as in the home’s duct work. Knowing the signs that mold may be present in your ducts gives you the opportunity to hire a professional air duct cleaner to inspect and clean the ducts, which removes any mold that may be present. Here are three signs mold may be present in your ducts:


1.      A Strong Musty or Mildew-Like Scent

If mold is present in your home, you may notice a strong musty or mildew-like scent when your air conditioner or heater begins to run. This smell is often stronger near the vent where the mold is growing. As such, you may smell this scent only in one room or one part of the home. If the mold is left to thrive, it can take over your entire duct system, and in turn, you may smell a musty or mildew-like scent throughout your entire home when your heating or cooling system kicks on.


2.      Signs of Mold Around the Vents

The second sign that mold may be present in your ducts is signs of mold around the vents. If there is mold in your ducts, the air flowing through the ducts may loosen the spores and push them around your vents. If you look at your vents and see black, green, brown, or yellow growth, it may be mold. It is unusual for mold to begin to grow on your vents for any other reason, so odds are, it was pushed there from your duct work.


3.      Unexplained Illnesses

Are family members experiencing unexplained illnesses in your home? Certain types of mold can trigger allergy-like symptoms, asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, and rashes. If the mold is coming from your ducts, the symptoms will likely worsen during the times of year that your heating and cooling system run more frequently. If you begin to have any unexplained illnesses, and it correlates with your air conditioner or heating turning on, there may be mold in your duct work.


If you notice one or more of these signs, you may have mold present in your home’s air ducts. If you are in the greater Twin Cities area, Dust Doctors can help you with all of your duct cleaning needs, including mold removal. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.


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