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Mold in your Seekonk air ducts

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Moisture build up in your Attleboro home or business air ducts can eventually cause some problems such as mold and mildew. 

There are a few common causes of water and moisture in air ducts. 

Moisture can be a sign of low duct temperature. 

During the winter months, unused AC ducts in unheated areas can begin to build up moisture. The same thing can happen during the summer months when cold air is passing through a duct in a room that is not air conditioned.    

Preventing Moisture in Air Ducts 

Keep an eye out for any sources of moisture that could cause the problem. Some sources could be a leaking pipe, furnace venting system, bathroom and kitchen cooking vents. 

Ensure that all of these things are free of any leaks! 

A leak in any of these could cause the problem of moisture in the air ducts. And if not addressed quickly, could cause more problems. 

Use a dehumidifier 

You can run a dehumidifier in the room or area where your duct is collecting moisture/water. The dehumidifier will reduce any moisture in the air and help to prevent condensation 

Insulate the ducts 

Insulating the air ducts can prevent them from getting too cool and condensing the air inside. 

Insulating the area

If the ducts collecting moisture are in an attic, adding insulation to the attic can help prevent moisture from forming in the air ducts. 

Seal off vents in the winter/summer

Sealing off A/C ducts in the winter and supply and return vents in the winter can prevent moisture from building up! 

Don't forget to un-seal them when it's time to use them! 

Mold in the air ducts 

If the mold issue is not too overwhelming, you may choose the DIY route to clean it out. 

It is recommended that you contact a professional mold remediation company for the remediation services when mold spreads over 10 sq feet. 

However, if you do decide to go the DIY route, be sure you are cautious. 

Method 1:

1 Tbsp mild soap 

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup water 

Method 2:

1 part bleach 

16 parts water 

Either method you choose, be sure to wear proper protection such as gloves, mask, and eye protection. 

1: Turn off the HVAC unit 

2: Scrub the moldy areas with a brush or rag 

Then use a mold growth inhibitor to prevent mold from coming back. 

This probably sounds a bit time consuming, a lot of work, and may put your health at risk. 

When you call SERVPRO of the Attleboros for mold remediation, we will handle it all:

- Containment

- Air Filtration

- Remediation

- Cleaning

- and Restoration

Let us help you clean up. Give us a call at (508) 223-0505 for all your mold remediation needs!! 

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