Professional Air Duct Cleaning Equipment
Using the appropriate air duct cleaning equipment means the job will be done right.
With the right Professional Air Duct Cleaning Equipment, your ductwork professional can access the winding runs of duct pipe that extend deep into the hidden areas of your home.
One of the difficulties with inspecting and cleaning ductwork is exactly this: It’s difficult to access all portions of the system because the pipes run underneath flooring, behind walls and on top of ceilings.
Before you hire a duct cleaning professional, it’s important to vet the company’s certifications and training. National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) membership is the industry standard that experts should hold, but inquiring about the tools the professional will use also helps to identify a qualified contractor.
To work with a professional with the right expertise for the job, ask if he or she will use these tools:
Point of entry. In order to even inspect — as well as clean — the ducts, the contractor needs to gain entry into the ductwork. There are several ways a pro can do this.
A Professional Air Duct Cleaning Equipment company can make a small hole to insert a video device or cut a large hole that’s big enough for someone to actually enter the ducts. For most residential jobs, making a smaller hole should be sufficient, allowing entry into the ducts for inspection and cleaning tools. Be sure to ask about the methods the contractor will use to seal up the entry points.
Inspection. Before your contractor proceeds with cleaning, he or she should first assess the condition of the ducts. The contractor will employ different tools depending on the location of the ducts and whether the ducts are straight or bend to get a good look at how much dust and dirt rests on the surfaces of the pipes.
The types of inspection tools the contractor uses may include a hand-held mirror inserted into the access hole, a type of “periscope” device that makes seeing around bends and angles easier, and a remote-controlled camera on wheels, which is ideal for getting a look at the condition of ducts that are located in hidden areas.
Duct cleaning professionals generally use these tools when they’re ready to actually clean the ducts:
Hand-held brushes. Working a manual or power brush through the ducts helps loosen any hardened dirt or debris on the ductwork.
Agitation devices. A type of gun that blows air, an air skipper or a whip that circulates air randomly through the duct pipes offer a gentle way to ramp up the power of the cleaning to dislodge dirt and debris.
Vacuum devices. This equipment draws dirt and debris dislodged by the brushes or agitation devices into a sealed containment device. Using negative pressure, the vacuum keeps the dirt contained in the ducts and then the sealed container and prevents it from being released into the home or elsewhere.
HEPA or web vacuums. When ducts are wet, the contractor should use a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum that helps control mold or bacteria that may be present in the ducts, encouraged by the presence of moisture.
With the right duct cleaning tools, your contractor should be able to access the entirety of the ducts in the home and thoroughly remove dust, dirt, contaminants and other debris.