For the most part, the same procedures for removing indoor mold from a structure also apply to cleaning the HVAC system. EPA guidelines don’t recommend cleaning ductwork unless it is necessary. Before cleaning, or having a professional clean ductwork in. a home or office be sure it is recommended.
Working with an HVAC professional
When handling a mold remediation job with an HVAC professional both parties should
Special considerations for mold in HVAC systems
If ductwork or HVAC system cleaning is deemed necessary, the precautions used in general mold removal stand. The following are other areas of focus and special notes. Of course, only employ the tips that apply to the special mold situation you are working with:
- Clean the HVAC cooling coil removing any visible mold (using same caution heeded when cleaning indoor mold). Clean thoroughly as not all mold spores are visible to the human eye. If there is any rusting, then the HVAC cooling coil should likely be replaced.
- Clean the A/C unit’s drain pan. If the pan is rusted it will need to be removed and a new plan will need to be installed.
- Remove and properly dispose of any ductwork insulation.
- Replace air conditioning, air handler and furnace filters, preferably with a MERV 13 filter. Consider an air filter subscription service offering high quality air filters are regularly changed and ensure clean air is circulating in the home or business. The benefit of a subscription service is that it serves as a reminder to regularly change out air filters in a home or business.
- Have all ducts professional cleaned if they are dirty. Be sure that dust and particulates from from the ducts aren’t introduced into the air. If so, you may find yourself having to start the entire process over.