Your HVAC System Can Cause Household Mold

Dry Wall Removed from the Ceiling with Mold Growth

Drywall Removed from the Ceiling with Mold Growth

With the hot summer months upon us, you might be using your air conditioner more than normal. It’s always a good idea to make sure that your HVAC system is working properly and to be on the lookout for any signs of moisture around your system and along its duct lines. Just a few moments of extra attention can go a long way toward preventing the growth of household mold.

If not taken care of quickly, household mold can cause significant damage to your home and furnishings. It can also create health problems for you and your family, including: skin rash, itching, running nose, eye irritation, cough, congestion and asthma. If you suspect that you have household mold, you should contact a mold remediation expert as soon as possible to inspect your home and remove any mold growth.

Consider this story of the Farley family in Maryland. The most recent heat wave caused them to use their air conditioner more than normal. Over the weekend, the family noticed water leaking through the ceiling in the family room. They removed a section of the ceiling to try to determine the source of the leak. Then, they noticed the mold. It was white and light green in color. They promptly called Tri State Restorations for help. Tri State Restorations offers 24X7 mold, fire, water, and sewage damage cleanup and restoration in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.

The inspector from Tri State Restorations determined that the mold in the ceiling was fresh growth and had not been there long. He inspected the house and saw no visible signs of mold on the drywall or the baseboard and trim in either the family room or the adjoining rooms. By using a non-penetrating moisture meter, he found wet drywall in the office and family room. A Thermal Imaging Camera allowed the inspector to follow the path of the moisture behind the walls and determine that the source was condensation around the ducts of the HVAC system. A subsequent phone call to an HVAC technician indicated that the HVAC system might have a refrigerant leak into the ducts or an above normal amount of condensation around the duct lines.

Tri State Restorations technicians mitigated the water and mold damage by removing all of the wet drywall and the mold in the family room and office. Because the Farley family had acted so quickly when they first noticed the wet ceiling, they saved themselves the significant expense and headache of widespread water and mold damage to their home.