A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home in Las Vegas
If your home has obvious signs of mold then you should give us a call right away. Mold that can be seen or smelled in the home indicates that it has already reached dangerous levels. Aside from the damage that mold causes to homes, it is also very detrimental to health.
Mold that is inside or near air conditioning units can spread mold spores all over the home and into the lungs of the family living there. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of any mold developments that might be caused by weather conditions or environments with constant condensation present.
What Causes Mold Growths in Heating and Air Conditioning Systems?
One of the primary reason mold forms is due to condensation.
Condensed water makes it easy for organic materials to begin colonizing organic material in the home, whether it’s vinyl or wood. Air ducts are prone to condensation because they carry cold air throughout the home and that makes it easy for water vapor to condense on the cooler air ducts. This condensation forms water on the duct. When it evaporates, there’s nothing to worry about. But continuous condensation in a humid environment means that mold will become a problem.
On the inside of air ducts it’s even easier for mold to grow. Air ducts carry dust, pollen, and other organic materials which basically feeds mold colonies. Even slight daily condensation inside an air duct can spawn a mold colony within a few weeks due to the environment being “right” for mold to grow.
Getting Rid of Mold
Removing mold by yourself can be extremely dangerous because breaking through mold releases even more spores which are easily spread throughout the home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends enlisting the help of a professional in mold removal.
The CDC also states that there is clear evidence to support the fact that breathing in indoor mold can cause upper respiratory tract symptoms, couching, and wheezing in people that would be healthy otherwise. People that already suffer from a breathing-related disease such as asthma are even more at risk for developing worse symptoms. Not to mention that mold exposure also makes healthy kids sick, develop chronic lung illnesses, and even develop mold infections in their lungs.
Tips for Keeping Mold Away
Make sure that air filters on AC units are changed within once a month so that they aren’t given the chance to capture organic materials and moisture, which will lead to mold forming right on the filter.
Insulating air ducts is also important in damp places so that condensation doesn’t form around or inside the duct. Insulating cooling coils also has the same effect as insulating ducts, and is highly recommended as a preventative measure for mold growth.