How Your HVAC And Plumbing Systems Contribute To The Buildup Of Mold And Mildew In Your Home

Errant moisture is a danger to both your health and your home. It's also an insidious danger that can build in the background without you knowing unless you specifically look for it. Even then, you can miss it. Two of the biggest culprits in your home are your HVAC system and your plumbing.

The Dangers of Moisture

The main danger of moisture is the growth of mold and mildew. This fungus can grow and spread anywhere there's moisture in your home. As it spreads, it can begin to destroy your home in various ways. Mold, given time, can eat through a large number of materials. It can weaken pipes, walls, and furniture. Even worse, spores from the mold can easily travel through your home and cause respiratory problems and various other issues.

How Your HVAC System Contributes

Mold is a common issue that plagues HVAC systems. Many parts of your HVAC system contain moisture and places for mold to grow. Consider any place where moisture gathers, such as drip pans and cooling coils. Also, places that can trap moisture also need inspection, like ducts. A forced air system will also serve to spread mold spores throughout your home.

How Your Plumbing Contributes

It makes sense that your plumbing system can contribute to the growth and spread of mold. A single leak somewhere in your home can lead to a bad mold problem. Because most of your plumbing components are consistently moist, there's always a danger of mold growing on anything those components touch. It's in this way mold can build behind a wall or in other places your pipes touch.

How to Deal With Moisture

There are many more ways for mold to gain a foothold in your home. In fact, most homes have at least a little of it. It's almost impossible to get rid of completely. However, trace amounts of mold and mildew are fine. It's when you let the fungus grow that problems occur.

In most cases, starving the mold will control its growth. Remember, mold needs moisture and organic (or semi-organic) material to grow. Keeping your home dry and clean will go a long way towards keeping you safe from mold propagation.

To that end, there are several things you can do.

  • Use a dehumidifier with your HVAC system
  • Install insulation around pipes, fixtures, and ducts
  • Don't leave standing water anywhere in the home
  • Ventilate whenever you do activities that produce moisture
  • Let in some sunlight whenever possible

There are many other things you can do as well. One of the most important things you should do is to hire a professional contractor to look at your plumbing and HVAC systems. You should start with a professional that can make sure you're free of dangerous mold and mildew. From there you can move into performing regular routines on your own to keep the fungus at bay. For more information, contact a company like Redlands Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning.