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Ductwork Cleaning

If you are one of the millions of people who are affected by allergies you know that it is a constant battle to help relieve our symptoms. You are constantly cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, washing your bedding to find that relief. And due to your concerns about your indoor air quality you have probably had your air ducts cleaned or at least investigated what it is all about.

Is duct work cleaning necessary? To start your investigation, inspect some of the areas of your ductwork that is easily accessible. Take off some of the vents from the walls or on the floors and see if there is anything that is noticeable – mold, excessive dust/debris build-up, any infestations of rodents or insects. Look at the furnace itself to see if the fan or the filters are
excessively dirty. When the system comes on can you see any particulate floating in the air. This is sometimes very visible on sunny days. If any evidence of these issues is found it may be time to have your ductwork cleaned.

So, what is duct cleaning? According to the EPA, duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of the various heating and cooling components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, the grills and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensation drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unithousing. And if you decide to have your heating and cooling system cleaned, it is important to make sure that your service provider agrees to clean all the components of the system and is qualified to do so. Failure to clean an of these components of a contaminated system can result in the re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits.

During your initial investigation, you think your saw some evidence that would cause you to believe that your ducts do need to be cleaned. How do you make sure? How do I choose a duct cleaning service provider? To find a qualified duct cleaning provider I would contact the National Air Duct Cleaners Association or NADCA, or if your ducts are constructed with fiber
glass duct board or insulated with a fiber glass duct liner, contact the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA).

It is most always recommended to get at least 3 written estimates before deciding who will clean your ducts and check their references. Get proof that your ducts need to be cleaned. A thorough visual inspection is the best way to verify that your heating and cooling system needs to be cleaned. Some service providers do offer remote photography to document the conditions inside your ductwork. This process should be provided both before to prove that the cleaning was necessary and after to document the service provided did remove the dust and debris that was previously there.

 

 

What should you expect from your ductwork service provider?

Per the EPA, these are the steps a qualified ductwork cleaner should take: 

  • Open access ports or doors to allow the entire system to be cleaned and inspected.
  • Inspect the system prior to cleaning to be sure that there are no asbestos-containing materials in the heating and cooling system. Asbestos-containing materials require specialized procedures and should not be disturbed or removed except by specially trained and equipped contractors.
  • Use vacuum equipment that exhausts particles outside of the home or uses only high- efficiency particle air (HEPA) vacuuming equipment if the vacuum exhaust inside the building.
  • Protects carpet and household furnishings during cleaning.
  • Uses well-controlled brushing of duct surfaces in conjunction with contact vacuum cleaning to dislodge dust and other particles.
  • Uses only soft-bristle brushes for fiberglass duct board and sheet metal ducts internally lined with fiberglass.
  • Take care to protect the ductwork, including sealing and re-insulating any access holes the service provider may have made or used so they are airtight.
  • Follow NADCA’s standards for air duct cleaning and NAIMA’s recommended practice for ducts containing fiber glass lining or constructed of fiber glass duct board.

 

Does duct cleaning prevent health problems? Per the EPA, the bottom line is: no one knows. There are examples of ducts that have become badly contaminated with a variety of materials that may pose risks to your health. The duct work system can serve to distribute these contaminates throughout a home or business. In these cases, duct cleaning may make sense.

However, a light amount of dust in your air ducts is normal. Remember, everyone’s home is different and there are different circumstances that will determine if cleaning your ductwork is necessary. Do you have pets, where do you live, and most important, is someone in your home highly sensitive to the allergens that are within your environment where cleaning the ductwork becomes necessary. Duct cleaning is not considered to be a necessary part of yearly maintenance of your heating and cooling system under normal conditions, which consists of regular cleaning of drain pans and the heating and cooling coils, regular filter changes and yearly inspections of the heating equipment. Research continues to evaluate the potential benefits of air duct cleaning.

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Top rated FAQ Questions

How does Just Gone Sanitizing & Deodorizing System™ (Chlorine Dioxide) Work?
Most people have never heard of Chlorine Dioxide (Clo2). Or else they think its bleach (which is Sodium Hypochlorite or NsCIO). Like bleach, Clo2 is used as a sanitizer and bleaching agent. Unlike bleach, Clo2 is safe to use, does not leave toxic residue. Chlorine Dioxide oxygenates products rather than chlorinating them. Clo2 is considered a “friendly” Deodorizer, Sanitizer and Disinfectant.

There are a lot of pathogenic organisms out there that can cause chaos.
Clo2 is highly effective on most bacteria, virus, fungi, mold spores, algae, and blood borne pathogens, protozoa, yeast and biofilms.
Some names you might recognize are;

Legionella – Salmonella – Cryptosporidium – Giardia Cysts – Coliforms
Listeria – Shigella – Staph – Norovirus – Influenza – Anthrax – Cholera
E-coli – Hepatitis – Hepa Virus – EBOLA – C Diff – MARS – MERSA

Is Chlorine Dioxide non-toxic? What about residue?
Chlorine Dioxide is residue free as the active ingredients break down to naturally found products in the environment, primarily salt and water. It is environmentally friendly and has no harsh reactions on your skin.
Can Chlorine Dioxide be used on hard Surfaces?

Absolutely, it is ideal for use as a hard surface cleaner because with minimal surface time it is highly effective against many different organisms.

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Zoono Mini-Fogger

The Zoono fogger is a quick drying formulation that incorporates the proven, unique Zoono antimicrobial technology.

This product is ideal for occasions where a fast acting, antimicrobial product is required in order to minimize downtime when treating computer keyboards, desk phones, photocopiers, printers, headsets and microphones plus touch points such as door handles, light switches etc.

The Zoono Aerosol’s unique antimicrobial technology provides maximum protection to high risk areas.

Each fogger covers 200 square feet – $29.99

Zoono Hand Sanitizer GermFree24

As it’s name implies, Zoono’s Hand Sanitizer GermFree24 utilizes the unique Zoono technology and incorporates it into the Ultimate Protection Hand Sanitizer.

Unlike traditional hand sanitizers that kill germs only while they are wet, Zoono starts killing germs immediately and then keeps working, protecting hands from germs for up to 24 hours!

This is important news especially when you consider that our hands are the #1 vector for germ transmission. In other words: clean hands = healthy family.

Better still, Zoono is a FDA Compliant nontoxic*, water based antiseptic – it is less toxic than Vitamin C and won’t dry hands out like alcohol-based products.

Nothing works better and lasts longer to protect your family’s hands than Zoono.

Active ingredient is less toxic than Vitamin C

Hand Sanitizer – 5.07 oz. Bottle $11.99

Swamp Juice Beads.

Need an alternative to harsh chemicals or toxic alcohols in your bug repellent? Try our all-natural SwampJuice Beads!

Formulated using Eco-Solutions’ patented process, SwampJuice provides a safe alternative to common, chemical-filled bug sprays. SwampJuice is safe for kids and pets. SwampJuice can protect your entire family from mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika virus and encephalitis.

Laboratory tests from Serra Research show that SwampJuice exhibited outstanding repellency. After 45 minutes both LIB and BF reported 100% Repellency. To clarify, LIB stands for mosquitoes that “Land with the Intent to Bite” and BF stands for “Biting and Feeding.” In other words, SwampJuice is highly effective at preventing mosquito bites.

Each small, but concentrated, bottle of SwampJuice has the power to safely and effectively repel insects without harsh chemicals.

  • DEET-free
  • GMO-free
  • Non-irritating

*SwampJuice cannot be sold in Alabama.

Swamp Juice Beads – 2 Jar Pack $17.98

Swamp juice 

Swamp Juice Insect Repellent Spray. Need an alternative to harsh chemicals or toxic alcohols in your bug spray? Try our all-natural SwampJuice spray!

Formulated using Eco-Solutions’ patented process, SwampJuice provides a safe alternative to common, chemical-filled bug sprays. SwampJuice is safe for kids and pets. SwampJuice can protect your entire family from mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika virus and encephalitis.

Laboratory tests from Serra Research show that SwampJuice exhibited outstanding repellency. After 45 minutes both LIB and BF reported 100% Repellency. To clarify, LIB stands for mosquitoes that “Land with the Intent to Bite” and BF stands for “Biting and Feeding.” In other words, SwampJuice is highly effective at preventing mosquito bites.

Each small, but concentrated, bottle of SwampJuice has the power to safely and effectively repel insects without harsh chemicals.

  • DEET-free
  • GMO-free
  • Non-irritating

*SwampJuice cannot be sold in Alabama.

Swamp Juice – 2 oz. Bottle $4.98 

Air-Fresh 101

GOT MOLD, MILDEW, ODORS?

When you’re looking for an air freshener that can kill odors at their source, chlorine dioxide gas is a smart choice. While producing chlorine dioxide (ClO2) used to require expensive generators, Eco-Solutions has developed a unique product, AirFresh 101, which can create this chemical quickly and for an affordable price. When the contents of AirFresh 101’s are activated in water, they produce a slow release ClO2 vapor which can produce and release chlorine dioxide for up to 30 days.

Depending on the area size and vapor concentration, this chlorine dioxide air freshener will eliminate odor-causing smoke, hydrogen sulfide, pet odors, and much more.

Best of all, AirRelief is safe to use on nearly all materials, making it an ideal air freshener for many locations, including:

  • RVs
  • Boat cabins
  • Cars
  • Basements
  • Public bathrooms/locker rooms
  • Hotel/home owners and senior living rooms
  • Musky areas
  • And almost any other enclosed space

In addition to AirFresh 101, we also offer Aqua-Tab tablets that can produce ClO2 solutions perfect for eliminating odor on many surfaces or in small-scale water treatment operations. All of these stabilized chlorine dioxide products ship in airtight packets.

Air Fresh 101 – 3 Pack $12.00