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Old 03-29-2010, 05:56 AM
 
Location: In The Ether
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Two minutes after dusting, I can again write my name in the dust on the surfaces of my house. Maybe cleaning the ductwork of our forced-air HVAC system will help solve this issue. (I doubt this has ever been done in the 20 year history of this house.)

Does anyone have any insight into this process? How invasive is it (what do they do)? What's your opinion of this "duct cleaning" process and do you have any advice for hiring someone to do it? What questions should I ask?

Thanks!

MC
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Charlotte Area
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As a General Contractor, This is the ONLY company I use.. Top notch service by professionals.. They care about doing a good job.

AdvantaClean | Water Damage Franchise | Mold Removal Franchise

They are not just a couple of kids pulled off the street and thrown in a truck. I had one company, and I won't name names, try to slip away without doing the entire job. Were a couple kids running the truck and when I confronted them, they argued with me. When I threatened to call their office, they finished the job.

As a consumer without knowledge of the service, someone could have been satisfied without the complete job. Just because they didn't know. And these jokers were willing to get away with that. I guess they were getting paid per appointment..
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:58 AM
 
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Two minutes after dusting, I can again write my name in the dust on the surfaces of my house. Maybe cleaning the ductwork of our forced-air HVAC system will help solve this issue. (I doubt this has ever been done in the 20 year history of this house.)

Does anyone have any insight into this process? How invasive is it (what do they do)? What's your opinion of this "duct cleaning" process and do you have any advice for hiring someone to do it? What questions should I ask?

Thanks!

MC
Make sure that the person that you hire shows proof of insurance and that he is qualified to do duct work. It is very easy for these guys to screw up the duct and charge a fortune. Additonally, they like to get in cheaply and find expensive problems. Check out the recommendation above, but be cautious and word of mouth is usually good. Most importantly: certifications and insurance proof.
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:59 AM
 
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Thanks very much for that link and recommendation. I will follow up on that.

Can you tell me what they do, exactly, when they "clean ductwork"? Do they stick a long vaccuum tube in there, in each duct, thru each vent? A brush? How do they do it?

How do you know they then did something, since I can't see into the ducts to even know this is my problem? What if my ducts are perfectly fine and this is just a dusty house, or a dusty neighborhood?

Feedback is appreciated!

MC
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:59 AM
 
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Advantaclean did some other work on my house related to mold removal and I second the recommendation. They did a great job.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:36 AM
 
Location: In The Ether
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Thumbs up Herez an update

After asking around, making some callz, and reading great postz here, I called my HVAC guy (the guy who keepz my ancient system rattling along every year) and he recommended DUCTZ. Said he'd worked with them often.

Rob from Ductz came out, scoped out our system and its 17 or so ventz, az well az our dust issuez, and made a plan to clean the system in the most efficient way (upstairz returnz only & downstairz system completely) for a very reazonable price. His guyz showed up on time, were very nice, clean and knowledgeable. They brought a massive three-stage vacuum thing (tripped a breaker!), and sucked out a huge wad of dusty crap from my old system over the course of about two-and-a-half-hourz. They vacuumed debris from the ventz (downstairz, the ductwork is under the house), then brushed them all out, and went under the house and did some magic to the main machine thing down there. They cleaned the vent and return registerz outside with some solvent.

I can say that I think they did an excellent job. Small glitchez come up, like misplaced ventz (one from the kitchen was switched with one in the den, so I had to switch them back to get them to fit exactly back in their placez -- I should have labeled them all previously) and some dust bunneez blowing up from the cleaned system ventz (maybe dislodged by the cleaning, being blown out of the ventz now). But overall, especially after they showed me the landfill of dust they harvested from my system, I feel like this may reduce the dust in the house and help our old system work more efficiently. (One weird thing: There is a vent on the floor of the den... which can now turn the fan on the ceiling of that room! So, maybe the system is blowing more powerfully now? Or, we have a new ghost...)

The cost for all this goodness: Around $400.

I secretly feel like I could do this myself with my shop-vac and a 25ft corregated hose (to reach into the ductwork) and an extendable rotary brush (like one I use to clean my dryer vent, attached to my hand drill). This is basically what DUCTZ did. But I think we got a good value here. I saw the end result and watched the process and I'm satisfied. I'd recommend DUCTZ to my friendz. (Thus this post.)

MC
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:55 AM
 
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Thankz for the recommendation. Good info!
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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zThat's good infoz!
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