Protect Your HVAC Unit From Mold Growth
Across Sacramento County, Placer County, and El Dorado County, we have experienced consistently high heat and humidity levels. While a little dampness on a unit or a duct may sound harmless, the resulting effects on your insulation, drywall, and other building materials may be detrimental. Oftentimes these issues go unnoticed and when they are discovered, mold growth is usually an issue. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville suggests you follow a few of these easy rules to make sure that you don’t end up with a larger problem.
- Inspect HVAC units often
We are not just talking about taking a peek up at your vents every once in a while. Take a ladder and inspect your return and handler frequently. Make a note of any discoloration, corrosion or standing water. Look for water staining around the area that may have been caused by condensation or faulty components. Also, make sure the condensation drain line is open and flowing into a drain that is working.
- Get Your AC Unit Serviced
Once a year, your unit should be serviced by an HVAC professional. They will be able to help identify any potential issues that you may encounter and curb water damage in your home or business.
- Get a moisture inspection
Testing your indoor air quality can oftentimes be as easy as knowing the indoor relative humidity and temperature. Any sharp fluctuations in relative humidity are a large indication that there may be a problem with your system. Regardless of where you set your thermostat, if you have relatively high humidity levels, you are putting your home or business at risk of secondary damage including mold or condensation.
- Watch windows and vents
Mildew and condensation should not build up on these areas if your HVAC unit is properly sized for the area in which it is trying to condition. If you are seeing discoloration around your vents or noticing mold buildup on window caulking, you may need to call us, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville for a mold remediation service.
- Do not ignore your senses
If you walk into your home and smell an earthy or musky odor you may have a mold issue. If you walk into your business and your skin instantly feels sticky and wet, your AC system may not be operating properly. If you see staining or discoloration that wasn’t seen before, don’t turn a blind eye. Using common sense and listening to your instincts are often the best ways to prevent further damage.
At SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville, we are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home or business back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs. Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem. We are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us at 916-933-3890.