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Air Duct Cleaning and Dryer Vent Cleaning
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Air Duct Cleaning
The first line of defense for clean air in your home is the filter on your cooling and heating system. High quality filters should be used and the filters should be changed often. Even with the best filtration, dust and dander will get into your pipes through the filter or through the air vents (especially floor vents). Over time, Air Ducts for air conditioning and heating systems will become filled with dust mites and dander. Dust, Dander and Moisture from condensate combine to make food for Mold in air ducts. Elements from this concoction will re-circulate throughout the building getting worse over time.
Varmints also get into air ducts and leave their microbes. This is especially true if the varmints die in the ductwork. We have retrieved dead rats and even cats out of air ducts.
Duraclean recommends that air ducts be cleaned at least once every 5 year and once every 3 years for persons with allergy problems.
Homeowners should be careful when selecting a company to clean air ducts. Some clean by putting a vacuum hose down in the air duct but this is not an effective way to clean them. Duraclean uses "state of the art" equipment to clean your Ducts including a fiber optic camera to locate blockages or varmints. Our cleaning process employs a brush or “viper whip” to dislodge dust and dirt form the ducts and then using a special generator we put extreme vacuum pressure on the duct to get the dust, dirt and dander out. The vent registers and air intake registers are also cleaned. Lastly the duct work is fogged with a sanitizer to kill germs and mold spores.
Dryer Vent Cleaning and Repair
Dryer Vents that are installed properly and work properly can save you money today and safeguard against fires.
The purpose of the dryer vent is to remove the moist warm air created by the combination of wet clothes and hot air from the dryer. The more efficiently this warm air is moved and discharged outside, the faster the clothes will dry and the less electricity or gas required to dry the clothes.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 1998, clothes dryers were associated with 15,600 fires, which resulted in 20 deaths and 370 injuries. Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint can block the flow of air, cause excessive heat build-up, and result in a fire in some dryers.
•Clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of clothes. If clothing is still damp at the end of a typical drying cycle or drying requires longer times than normal, this may be a sign that the lint screen or the exhaust duct is blocked. •Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct periodically. Check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is operating to make sure exhaust air is escaping. If it is not, the vent or the exhaust duct may be blocked. To remove a blockage in the exhaust path, it may be necessary to disconnect the exhaust duct from the dryer. Remember to reconnect the ducting to the dryer and outside vent before using the dryer again. •Clean behind the dryer, where lint can build up. Have a qualified service person clean the interior of the dryer chassis periodically to minimize the amount of lint accumulation. Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of clutter. •Replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct. Most manufacturers specify the use of a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct, which provides maximum airflow. The flexible plastic or foil type duct can more easily trap lint and is more susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can greatly reduce the airflow. •Take special care when drying clothes that have been soiled with volatile chemicals such as gasoline, cooking oils, cleaning agents, or finishing oils and stains. If possible, wash the clothing more than once to minimize the amount of volatile chemicals on the clothes and, preferably, hang the clothes to dry. If using a dryer, use the lowest heat setting and a drying cycle that has a cool-down period at the end of the cycle. To prevent clothes from igniting after drying, do not leave the dried clothes in the dryer or piled in a laundry basket.
Duraclean now offers the Lint Alert System
The LintAlert® provides important home safety protection by continually monitoring dryer exhaust performance. It warns when lint buildup is wasting energy and sounds an alarm when blockage becomes dangerous.