Mold in your home is never good. It looks awful, smells awful, and is awful for your health. Generally speaking, mold is either easy to spot or hides where you may never think to look. Wherever there may be moisture, there may be mold.
Of course, it loves to make its home wherever you will have a hard time reaching. Your HVAC system’s ductwork and AC vents are a natural place for mold to grow.
Luckily, there are some ways Winchester homeowners can easily deal with it with home remedies.
If you prefer bleach, one part bleach to 16 parts water is enough to remove mold.
Removal of the mold may be tackled in various methods, and you can get creative here. There isn’t any need to overcomplicate the matter, though.
You will need to remove the vents to clean them as both sides need attention. A spray bottle paired with means to scrub the vents does the trick; before you do so, it’s wise to let the vents soak. Be sure that no mold remains before reinstalling the vents.
Should I Replace The Vents/Ductwork?
Just because the vents are moldy, there’s no need to replace them. As long as structural integrity remains, simple cleaning is enough. If you have a central AC system and the vents are moldy, take a look at the ductwork. Finding mold here a well is not uncommon.
If mold exists within your ductwork, there’s no need to worry about replacing that either.
In fact, with a flexible mop and the cleaning solution of your choice may be enough to deal with it. You should know that if the situation is bad enough, you can call professionals in for ductwork cleaning.
Proactive Measures are Better Than Reactive Measures
It’s always better to stop a problem before it starts. Because mold can be harmful to your health, or others who enter your home, this is especially true. If you are cleaning the mold yourself, use of an inhibiter once the vents are clean will help prevent mold from reappearing.
Because moisture breeds mold, dealing with humidity is another proactive step to take.
A dehumidifier is especially helpful when you live in a humid region. Be mindful that an AC system reduces humidity by nature, and using a dehumidifier may only be needed during times when the AC is not in use.
Mold is scary, but you can handle it yourself. Just remember to make sure to protect yourself when cleaning. If mold is growing on your vents, there is cause to check other parts of the HVAC system.
Drip pans drain and any other parts of the system where moisture is present is where mold will grow. Again, there’s no need to panic; just apply a few simple cleaning methods.