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Greywolf2112  [Team Member]
9/16/2005 8:34:29 PM
Had the unit checked out the other day and there is a lot of black mold in the air handler. Is this a job I can take care of myself and clean out? The cost I got from a company to clean it, fog the ducts, and do a little sealing of ductwork was $1100 - ouch.

Any "do-it-yourself" solutions?
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protus  [Team Member]
9/16/2005 8:41:46 PM

Originally Posted By Greywolf2112:
Had the unit checked out the other day and there is a lot of black mold in the air handler. Is this a job I can take care of myself and clean out? The cost I got from a company to clean it, fog the ducts, and do a little sealing of ductwork was $1100 - ouch.

Any "do-it-yourself" solutions?



welcome to fla

where is this "" mold"" exactly in the air handler.

not to sound negative but if it(mold and mold spores) is in the handler ,,its in yer ducts, its in yer carpet,bed,clothing your whole home!


mold needs a few things to exsist
h20, and food.

most handlers i have run in to have some sort of ""growth"" of mold/mildew in the areas around the condesation drip pan and coil area as well as any areas that stay damp( the insulation inthe handler ect)
from what ive seen ect.. the only way to really get rid of the mold is replace it all ,if thats an option!
Mold can be killed, the spores cant.



ALSO before you have ANY work done regaurding anything MOLD like make sure the company doing it is lic'd, insured and is cert in mold remidation and removal!!! ill try and helpyou with any questions since i had to sit in 9 hours of class for this same shit!
Riotgun  [Team Member]
9/16/2005 8:45:09 PM
Lysol?
AC_Doctor  [Member]
9/16/2005 8:45:50 PM
20% bleach-water solution (spray it on the mold) and get rid of all excess water. Mold needs at least 65% humidity levels and warm temps to mulitply.
Greywolf2112  [Team Member]
9/16/2005 9:04:47 PM
I think what I can probably do is continue to run my ozone machine in front of the return air duct to keep anymore from multiplying, and then when the temps cool down a little I can cut the power off to the air handler, use the 20% bleach solution and really clean everything. Maybe get some duct cleaning or "fogging" done as well. Luckily we're getting close to the winter season where we won't be using the AC.

We don't have any carpet in the house (terrazo flooring) so that is a good thing.

Most of the mold appears to be in the walls of the air handler and on some of the parts.
SigSaurP228  [Team Member]
9/16/2005 9:05:13 PM
Got Tannerite?
Greywolf2112  [Team Member]
9/16/2005 9:08:27 PM

Originally Posted By SigSaurP228:
Got Tannerite?




ROFL - at least your new home doesn't have this problem

Speaking of which, IM me or email me - need to get you over there to get the lease signed.
Noname  [Team Member]
9/16/2005 9:11:20 PM
After the wife meets her first Palmetto Bug you'll forget all about the mold problem...
MudFlapper  [Team Member]
9/16/2005 9:41:13 PM
It may be too late to install an ultra violet light set-up, but consider it on your new install.
WeeBeastyKillr  [Team Member]
9/16/2005 9:42:28 PM
In addition to spraying the bleach soln (which should stay on for at least 1 hr.) you also have to remove the black material. The bleach may only penetrate the outer layers of the biofilm, and when the chlorine has dissipated, the mold will grow right back. Not only that, by cleaning it, you remove future attachement points for other critters to grow.
Most of the duct cleaning sanitizers I've seen have been pretty whimpy. Bleach does the trick, just make sure that there is enough ventilation when you apply it. Wear a respirator and eye protection.

PS - don't...and I mean don't drip it on the wifes carpet...the voice of experience

WBK
palmer  [Team Member]
9/16/2005 9:45:02 PM

Originally Posted By Noname:
After the wife meets her first Palmetto Bug you'll forget all about the mold problem...





Greywolf2112  [Team Member]
9/16/2005 11:23:15 PM

Originally Posted By Noname:
After the wife meets her first Palmetto Bug you'll forget all about the mold problem...



We used to live in St. Pete - our cats are DEATH incarnate on Palmetto bugs. Not going to be a problem.
AC_Doctor  [Member]
9/17/2005 6:11:22 PM
If you want to eliminate the mold, get a dual 18" ultra-violet air purification system install. They are just 2 high output UV bulbs that are powered ALL the time. Install them in the evaporator section of your system so the light bathes the evaporator and drain pan. Run the blower at the lowest speed 24 hours a day and install a good air filter system and the air quality in your home will be top notch.
The bulbs will need to be replaced every year.



www.fieldcontrols.com/uvaire.html
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