Hiring a professional duct cleaning service can seem like a mountain to climb. Who’s the best? Is that a good price? What will they do when they get here? How should I prepare my home? Any reputable duct cleaning company will answer all of your questions and put your mind at ease. Your ducts can get very dusty and dirty over time, which can result in the air quality of your home diminishing. When a build-up of dust and dirt gets into your air, it can also result in issues for anyone that suffers from asthma, respiratory illness or even simple allergies. The following are some of the tasks that a professional duct cleaning service will perform:
- They will open all of your access ports or doors in order to inspect and clean your entire duct system.
- Before they begin cleaning your duct system, they will do a thorough inspection to make sure that there are no materials that contain asbestos present, such as register boots or insulation. If they find any materials that contain asbestos, a specially trained and equipped contractor will need to be hired in order to remove them.
- Once the inspection is completed, they will use vacuum equipment in order to exhaust dust and debris particles out of the home. If the vacuum exhausts are within the house, then they will use HEPA (high-efficiency particle air) vacuuming equipment.
- They will make sure that your carpeting and furnishings are protected as they clean.
- They will dislodge dust and other particles by performing well-controlled brushing and contact vacuum cleaning on the duct surfaces.
- Any fiberglass duct boards and sheet metal ducts that are lined with fiberglass will be cleaned using soft-bristled brushes. They will most likely replace accessible flex ducts since this is more economical than cleaning them – although they can be cleaned with the use of soft-bristled brushes.
- They will seal and re-insulate any holes that may have been made – on purpose or on accident – during the cleaning process in order to protect the ductwork and make sure that it is airtight.
- They will follow the NADCA’s standards for air duct cleaning as well as the NAIMA’s suggested practice for cleaning ducts with fiberglass lining.
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