Three Mistakes To Avoid When You're Cleaning Mold Off Of Your Furnace's Drain Hose

Posted on: 10 August 2015


Your furnace can't operate correctly if all the water it's constantly ejecting is stopped by a clog in the drain hose. Even a hose that's only partially blocked by mold will result in a less efficient furnace because water can't travel as quickly. Therefore, to maximize results, it's worth ensuring that you avoid these three mistakes while you're cleaning mold off of your furnace's drain hose.

Bending The Hose So Much That Water Has Trouble Traveling Through It Freely And Quickly

Once you dip the drain hose in water, it's a good idea to shake it around gently so that any mold in it will be pushed against the water. If the bucket or sink you're using to hold the water is so small that you have to bend the hose into multiple dimensions, water won't be able to flow efficiently through all areas of the hose at once.

It's worth it to go out of your way to find either a very large bucket or a spacious kitchen sink for cleaning the drain hose. This way, you'll have plenty of space to shake the hose without driving it into a wall.

Putting Too Little Soap Or Bleach In The Water You're Using

Especially when you have to dilute a large amount of water at once, it's easy to underestimate how much soap or bleach you need. The fact that you can't attack the mold directly with a wet towel means that your cleaning water has to be more potent than you normally make it.

While you can partially make up for a weaker mixture by simply leaving the hose in the water for much longer, this isn't an ideal solution. The longer you leave the hose submerged in water, the more likely it is to get permanently warped.

Not Giving The Hose Some Time To Air Out After You Take It Out Of The Water

Even if you successfully clear away all the mold growths on the drain hose's interior, there's still the problem of rogue mold spores. While most of them would have been swept up by the cleaning mixture by the time you take the hose out, it only takes a few lingering spores to quickly start your mold problem all over again.

The solution is to give the hose at least a little bit of time to air out before you attach it to the furnace again. Especially if you put it in a room with lots of air circulation, most of the lingering mold spores will be pushed out into areas where they can't do any harm.

If you have further problems or are not comfortable with any of the tips above, contact a furnace repair professional or plumbing service, like Mitchell Plumbing & Heating Inc, for expert help.