First, we run a brush through the entire duct. Then we vacuum the duct (and clean up the mess). Last, we reverse the powerful HEPA vacuum's air-flow to blow out any remaining residue.
Intake grills are cleaned utilizing a HEPA filtered commercial grade backpack vacuum. Intake grills are usually covered with dust, and not as much microbiological growth as supply vent grills.
There is no "fresh air" coming into your home or office from your central air conditioning system. You are constantly breathing recycled contaminated air. Contaminates include mold, algae, bacteria and viruses that all grow and thrive in darkness and 60% humidity or above. In the Tampa Bay area, every system has mold, which requires that mold remediation methods be followed to protect occupants and workers. Air duct sanitizing is important to ensure your (and your family's) good health, but it takes specialized equipment and training to safely remediate the contamination.
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My ductwork is the flexible type. Will your service damage my ducts?
No. Most duct-work in newer construction in Florida is like yours, and that is why we use the method that we do. The negative air method cannot damage your duct-work. Our focus is on your indoor air quality, and not on a cosmetic only solution. We do not remove the vent grills to insert any rotating device that could damage ducts. Any contaminants remaining in the ducts are neutralized when we sanitize the system to kill microbiological growth and to prevent their regrowth.
Will we need to leave the house while you clean our ducts?
No. All of the air coming out of our machines is triple filtered. The HEPA filter ensures that nothing harmful comes into your home. The air you are breathing before we clean your ducts is the risk to your health. The natural disinfectant that we use to sanitize your ducts (the essential oil of the thyme herb) is harmless to humans and pets alike, and requires no personal protective equipment, and no first aid if ingested, inhaled, or contacts skin or even gets in your eyes, and yet it kills 99.9 % of germs, and it continues to inhibit their regrowth for more than a year.
If we have you come back and sanitize every year, do we really need a UV system?
No, you won't. The sanitization addresses the entire system, preventing microbiological regrowth, so a UV system would be redundant. Most of our customers have us sanitize their ducts every year, and use the negative air only on an as-needed basis.
Is the black stuff coming out of my vents mold?
It is evidence of mold contamination as well as other microbiological contamination including bacteria and viruses. Dead mold spores turn black (the live mold is mostly green, white, orange or red) and eventually show themselves on the grills, the ceiling, and any close fan blades. This material has a greasy texture, differentiating itself from dust which is light and "fluffy", and white or light gray in color. If you see this black residue, smell a "musty" odor, or if any occupants of the building suffers from mold related symptoms, have your ducts sanitized as soon as possible.
Can duct contamination really make me sick?
Yes. It is our experience that when we see the black discharge on every vent grill in a house, some one in the family is ill. After we sanitize these homes, we receive feedback, all positive, including but not limited to the following:
How much do you charge for this service?
Our normal charge for anyone in the Tampa Bay area is $200 (per system) for our normal service, and $100 each year thereafter. We no longer use the big negative air machine on a system in operation, since there will be no dust or debris to collect. It blows out every time the system comes on.
A normal service includes:
A natural disinfectant, the essential oil of the thyme herb, is introduced into the system intake with the air handler's fan running to sanitize and deodorize the entire duct system. This product will also inhibit regrowth for up to 2 years.
will appear on the plenum above the air handler. If there is contamination bleeding through to the outside as pictured, you can be sure that there is even more growth on the inside.
Dryer fires are the number one cause of house fires in America! Firefighters recommend clean-out at least once per year. We provide dryer duct cleaning at no additional cost to our air duct decontamination customers.
show themselves on the vents throughout your home if allowed to continue to grow. Sanitizing once a year with our natural disinfectant will kill this growth and inhibit future growth without harming occupants, including pets and plants.
All vent grills can now be safely vacuumed without releasing dangerous mycotoxins. A deeper cleaning or replacement may be necessary if the grills are severely stained or rusted.
on the air handler's evaporator coils where there is moisture and darkness to support growth.
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