residential air duct cleaning
Why clean air ducts? Quite simply, because they get dirty!
With what though? Consider a picture we recently took inside the ducts in one of our customer's homes. We've circled a few things, see if you can spot anything we missed.
These are just a few of the things we find in air ducts. We also find:
- Animal feces
- Rodents (even a Racoon once!)
- Mud (from flooding)
- Toys, food, and other "misplaced" items
*Dust mites are invisible to the naked eye but are often found in "dust bunnies" and feed off of dead skin cells and dander which are commonly found in air ducts.
These are not the sorts of things you want floating in your family's breathing air!
So how do we fix it?
the ductrx cleaning process
Before we explain our process, here is a picture of that same duct after cleaning. Notice a difference?
We're sort of "duct nerds" here at DuctRx, so we could talk about the process all day. But to keep it simple, here are the 5 main steps that make up our residential duct cleaning process.
1.Get to know our customers.
You, our customers, are going to be spending at least few hours with us while we work at your home, so we like to get to know you right from the get-go. Its your business that helps us all provide for our families, so we appreciate you and try to make your time with us as pleasant as possible. This introduction also helps to make sure we are all on the same page about what you need done in your home.
An effective and thorough duct cleaning starts with a good game plan. We start by walking through the home with the customer to get a full picture of the situation. This allows us to determine the most efficient and effective way to make sure your entire air system is clean and healthy for your family. This also allows us to identify areas where we need to use special caution or extra preparation (i.e. areas with children, pets, or fragile items).
Now we can unload our equipment and bring it into the home. Before any cleaning begins, a commercial grade HEPA collector is hooked up to the ductwork to make sure that any dust and debris in the ducts is collected, and transported off-site. This makes sure no dust enters the air of your home. We also lay down plastic or tarps so nothing is accidentally tracked in from the outside. We remove or seal off the registers, start the collector, and get ready to clean!
Once the whole system is under suction, we simply have to brush or blow the dust in the system toward the collector, and all of it is removed. Our equipment is powerful enough for commercial buildings (schools, hospitals, etc.) so it easily handles even large homes. Depending on how dirty the system is, we can use high pressure (175psi+) air whips, a rotary brush system, or even our duct robot to clean both the supply and return lines and connecting ductwork. Finally, we carefully clean the blower motor, the inside of the furnace cabinet, and the coil/heat exchanger. If beneficial, we can sanitize the entire system with an EPA-certified antibacterial/antiviral/antifungal agent or deodorizer if odor is an issue.
4. Cleanup/Final Inspection
Once the entire air system is cleaned, we make sure that your home is as clean or cleaner than when we arrived. We do our best to treat your home like our own. Often very little cleanup is needed because of our preparation, but at times some light vacuuming or dusting may be necessary near the vents or furnace. Then a final inspection is made to ensure nothing was missed in the cleaning process. The heating/AC unit is turned back on and tested to make sure it is functioning properly. Finally, all of the equipment is carefully transported out of the house and into the truck.
Now that your air system is back on and blowing fresh, clean air, its time for a wrap-up. We will explain to you the results of the cleaning as well as give you suggestions for future maintenance and/or repairs or improvements if needed. They will also show you the before and after pictures or videos so that you can see the results yourself! If you have any more questions at this point, please ask us, and we do our best to answer or help in any way possible. Once you are completely satisfied with our work, we can process payment and say our goodbyes. If you really are happy with our company and our work, we can provide you with links to leave us a review and share your experience with others.