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Duct Cleaning And Air Filters (1 of 2)

I am asked by clients and Realtors all the time - "Is duct cleaning really worth it?"  I had an email contact just yesterday about this very subject.  So I thought a post would be worth while and instructive.

Well, you tell me!  Dust accumulates anywhere it can land.  As it accumulates many things can happen:

1.  It can restrict air flow, making your system's ability to move air less efficient, costing you more money.

2.  It is composed of more than just dust.  I say to my clients that it is full of "living organisms."  You should believe that too.

The little fellow to the right has a life cycle of one to three months.  During that time the female will lay 40-80 eggs.  Adults are very prolific in creating more dust mites! 

Is your return duct a dust mite factory?  Um, YES!  Just as your furniture, carpets, pillows and mattresses are!

How big are they?  The picture on the right is one sitting on something much smaller than the head of a pin, which is 2 millimeters in diameter.  That dust mite is 250 - 300 microns in size.  A micron is one-millionth of a meter.  So this mite to the right is one-quarter or so of a millimeter, and about twenty four times larger than a human red blood cell.

3.  Its accumulation is conducive to the amplification of molds and fungi, which are in your air.  This amplification will continue and eventually infest your HVAC mechanism, and that is a real problem!

All this organism blows around your house.

I see three kinds of return ducts in houses - wood, metal and flexible.  All three can accumulate dust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These can all be cleaned.  You want a couple of things in a duct-cleaning company - how they do it and their good reputation.  The reputation is best acquired by reading customer comments on line.  There are many sites to do this.  Research carefully.

But how do they do it?  You want a company that both brushes and vacuums.  The material needs to be dislodged and acquired.  Their use of HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Accumulation) filters are very, very important.  What kind of filters does the company use?

And, can they introduce a fungicide into the ducts after cleaning?  And, if so, can they introduce it also into the beginnings of the HVAC system?  Molds can accumulate there also, slightly beyond the return duct.

All of this costs more for sure.  But if you and yours suffer from allergies, asthma or other pulmonary circumstances, I highly recommend that you do this.

THE NEXT POST - how to prevent, or at least forestall, dust accumulation in your ducts.  And air filtration!  Be there, or be parallelogram...

My recommendation:  Information is everything.  Ask questions of your local home inspector (or cute thermographer).  They will be happy to help!

(I couldn't resist the "cute" comment - that has a lot of people rattled!  Just another service I offer...)

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 99 commentsJay Markanich • October 25 2010 05:44AM

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Reputation is very important...we hear lots of stories of over priced and under cleaned...

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 8 years ago

Well you answered a long time question I never asked.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) almost 8 years ago

S&D - I would expect that most realty offices have lists of trusted contractors.  At least the ones around here do.

James - ask away my friend!  Someone once said to me that the only dumb questions are the ones never asked!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Speaking as one of the rattled, good post this morning!  I was always under the impression that a lot of duct cleaners offer a lot of hocus pocus.

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) almost 8 years ago

Kathryn - it depends on the duct cleaner!  That is true of most industries...

Glad you're rattled!  I say to my daughter, "Things like that are just another service I offer..." every time I rattle her.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Good advice for home owners. It can be very difficult to identify the best companies to use.

 Blooming in Maryland.

 

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Roy.  I bloomed in Kensington MD from 12 until 18 years old, when I left for college.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay, you are right about the duct cleaning. People associate it mostly with warm air systems, but the owners of add on central air need to be attentive as well. Thanks for the informative post.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 8 years ago

You're welcome Ed.  The system is the system - warm or cold - it blows air!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay, I also have clients ask me that question and not sure what to answer.. I had my ducts cleaned in my own home a couple of years ago and I think it does make sense...  I think your post offers some very valid reasons why to do it... expecially beneficial for anyone with allergies...

Posted by Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results! (BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE) almost 8 years ago

It makes sense, Gloria, when there is sufficient build up to warrant it.  And as to allergies, that build up might be minimal!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay,

You can keep your dust mite. I prefer my squirrel and my cats.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Steve - You be home...!  MY dust mite?  Should I name him?  How about "Sticky?"

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Some of the pictures bring the word "yuck" to mind...  Hmmm....

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) almost 8 years ago

It is a big yuck Chris!  That is the point and certainly reason for thought.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

I would think just the picture of the little mite may push people on their own to have it done.

very interesting

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA (Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY) almost 8 years ago

Don - that is only one of a gazillion types that can be in there!  They are all just as frightful, too.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Mighty mite seems a fitting creature with Halloween approaching . He's a scary looking bugger.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 8 years ago

All of the mite species, and I don't know even if there is only one species (!), are really, really ugly Jim, and truly frightful!  Can you imagine that about 30,000 times larger?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay:  I am such a proponent of this, and am thrilled to see a responsible post from a highly professional expert; thanks.

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 8 years ago

I wanted to sneeze just reading you post. Great information Jay.

Posted by Troy Pappas, Virginia Beach Home Inspector (Safe House Property Inspections) almost 8 years ago

It isn't something that is mentioned often Tish.  But there is a bit more to come.

Troy - happy to have that effect on you!  Well, I guess...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

I think there is a fourth kind.  Metal with the insulation INSIDE the ducts.  Not much you can do with those, can you?  Brushes just break up the insulation.  Ick. 

Posted by Lori Fishkind, Realtor (Reliant Realty) almost 8 years ago

Well, Lori, those are older and I sure don't see them much.  But, you are right, the insulation makes them much more vulnerable to dust accumulation!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Interesting Post,thanks for the information.

Posted by Robert Vazquez (75 FAST OFFER, LLC/ Countrywide Capital Group, LLC / CRP) almost 8 years ago

And you are welcome Robert!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

OK!!! I'm getting into this challenge this week! And thanks for the info,Jay!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 8 years ago

I'm very allergic to dust mites, and just looking at that photo gives me the creeps.  Nasty looking critters.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Janeanne - you are welcome!  We try to be instructive.

Valerie - not just dislodged but cleaned!  And try to prohibit future build up, the point of the next post.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago
As an allergy & asthma sufferer, I get my ducts cleaned every few years. I have used a very reputable business that does use HEPA filters and it really does make a difference. Thanks for the reminder to call them again. :)
Posted by Sharon Sein (Sein Organizing Solutions & Home Staging) almost 8 years ago

Reuben - that's one of, apparently, many different kinds.  If you blew them up real big they would be formidable, huh?

You are welcome Sharon.  Good to hear that it helps you.  You do realize that I am not an advocate for the duct-cleaning industry!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Those pictures alone are enough to make me get my ducts cleaned. Disgusting!

One other kind of duct that I've seen - - a cardboard material from the 1950's. Some buyers had an inspection on a house, and the ducts were built into the slab foundation (weird, right?). Anyways, as you might expect, they were crumbling and moldy. The buyer's passed on the house just because of those ducts.

Posted by Ryan Halset, Realtor | (206) 930-7959 (Boardwalk Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Great information Jay.  Thanks.  This is something I've always wondered about too.  Looking forward to the next installment.

Posted by Lisa Ackerson, CRS - Dallas Fort Worth Area Expert (Fathom Realty DFW) almost 8 years ago

Great information Jay...I have not seen it shared this way before and it makes a whole lot of sense to get the ducts cleaned...even on a new house!! After hearing how it helps a few of the poster with allergies, I should look at doing it as my wife does have allergies.

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) almost 8 years ago

I don't want to be...

parallelogramed...

So, I'll be there.  Where IS there?

Posted by Tom Waite, So Cal-Apartment Bldg Investments (Thomas Waite Real Estate Broker) almost 8 years ago

Great post with some really good information Jay, thank you for sharing it with us.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Those pictures are an eye opener, I didn't realize that much stuff accumulated in the ducts. How long did it take for that much stuff to accumulate in the ducts pictured? I guess the most important thing is to get someone to clean them that will actually get that stuff out.

Jacqueline Drake CRS PNM

Posted by Jacqueline Drake CRS, Southeast Arizona land, farms & horse properties (Jacqueline Drake Realty) almost 8 years ago

Ryan - I've never seen THAT!  Those should do really well over time!

Lisa - very busy today, but it is coming!

Mike - certainly there should be some construction debris in new-home ductwork, but I don't know about the mites!

Tom - there would be part 2 of this post!  Where that is probably depends on how you log in...     ;)

Chris - we try, we really try!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jacqueline - don't want to disturb you, but if your mattress is 10 years old, it is said, one half the weight is due to dust mites!  How about your furniture and carpeting!?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Your photo reminds me of the photos of those little critters that are said to be on our eyelashes... Not something I want to think about long and hard.

Now I have to see if there is anyone in our community who cleans ducts... if there is, I've never heard of them.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Jay.  I've always wondered about the efficacy of this service.

Any specific questions to ask them???  Oh, and the best answers please.

Posted by Gayle Barton, Forsyth County Real Estate, Cumming GA Homes For Sale (404) 710-0204 (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Georgia Properties) almost 8 years ago

OK you have sold me.  Now how much does it cost?

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Don't forget the part about damage done to ducts by "ill trained" or "untrained" duct cleaning services.  I've see customers with ducts that were crushed, broken or ripped open and left.  They ended up having their homes reducted to the tune of many $$$$$. 

And..while we're at it...have also see ductwork crushed by our "favorite " cable/tv or phone providers when they went into attics to wire for new or extended service.  Again, untrained in the fine art of maneuvering around ductwork (which in our part of the country isn't easy but must be a priority). 

Posted by Cyndi Marler (ColdwellBanker Vanguard Realty , Broker Associate, CRS, SFR) almost 8 years ago

The pictures grossed me out...but they are worth a thousand...make that two thousand words. Everyone replaces air filters, but cleaning those ducts, at least once, make a lot of sense.

Posted by Michael Emerson (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Jay great article i re-blogged it. Here is the link. http://2cc28c9.activerain.com/post/1935007/duct-cleaning-and-air-filters-1-of-2-

 

Posted by Susan Jacobs, Realtor-Helping Buyers/Seller (Samson Properties) almost 8 years ago

Wow! That little guy in your blog is just awful looking! I think I might just have to have a peek into my own system at home! Thanks for the bevy of information.

Posted by Hilary Young, Team Assistant - The Nines Team in Lodi (The Nines Team Realty) almost 8 years ago

Those pictures are disgusting...I'm getting my ducts cleaned today!  Thanks for posting this.

Posted by Simon Mills (Mills Realty) almost 8 years ago

Jay, that's pretty disgusting & informational at the same time. I recommend a service that did my vents years ago & it made a HUGE difference. Great post.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 8 years ago

As someone who has allergies and has had their ducts cleaned...big waste of time and money.  Big believer in changing the filter very regularly, but we didn't see any appreciable difference in my allergies and honestly, the camera up in the ducts didn't show a lot of dust...I vote, get a great filter, change it often and save yourself the money on duct cleaning.

Posted by Meredith Drews, Excellent Communication, Skilled Negotiations and (Keller Williams) almost 8 years ago

Great post! I recently had a client whose home had mold issues. Part of the cleanup was to go in and clean the ducts. They put a camera into the ducts and the picture was even worse than the one you show above! I am now a firm believer in getting an excellent filer and changing it OFTEN!

Posted by Susie Johannes, SFR (Keller Williams Arizona Living Realty) almost 8 years ago

Marte - these are exactly those little creatures!  They are everywhere and in everything!

Gayle - the post kind of answers that.  Vacuum and brush, with a follow up on the mildewcide if they do it.  You want to see the bags when they are done!

Gene - I think that depends on the amount of cleaning needed - linear feet and so forth.  Seems to me that the average around here is $400-$500.

Read the next post though!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Cyndi - that is great advice and yes, there are unprofessionals out there!  Good head's up!

Michael - hint at to the next post - it is more than filters!

Susan - thank you for the reblog!  And good to see you in the Rain.  Hope to see you around town!  I was in Maryland all afternoon and just got home!  Sent you something over my phone though...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Hilary - they are frightful and it all makes you wonder why they even exist!

Wow Simon!  That wan't the objective of the post, but good for you!  (I am not an industry advocate...)    ;)

Good to hear Lyn.  My understanding is that there are things you can do to prevent their having to come back.  Read the next post!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Meredith - perhaps what was in the ducts, which doesn't sound like much, wasn't or isn't the source of your allergies.  The next post may surprise you!

Sounds yummie Susie!  I have looked into ducts to see the stuff in there blowing in the wind!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

My parents recently had this done in Florida.  My step-dad had to sleep in a hotel because of his asthma.  This was a really informative post, thanks Jay!

Posted by Keith Lutz (Keller Williams Metropolitan) almost 8 years ago

Great photos of dirty air ducts ... but not sure about the living creature.

Posted by Tina Gleisner, Home Tips for Women (Home Tips for Women) almost 8 years ago

Good to hear that it helped him Keith.  The follow-up post will add to the info as well.

Tina - only one of those is mine.  But I am sure there are a lot out there!  As to the living creature, he/she is one of many kinds!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

gee I am looking at my Furnace Friday Re-Blog right now...  and I just saw the sequel featured, the 'be there or be parallelogram' post.  The first Friday in November, which just happens to be 'Furnace Filter Friday' is set too...thanks.  If I can only remember where to come back to... Bookmarking these NOW. 

Ugly dust mite....

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Maureen!  You are a consistent reblogger of mine!  Mites are pretty ugly.  Makes you wonder...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Ok you have convinced me...after first reading post 2 then following the link to this post.  I'm on my way to purchase a new filter, lots of Lysol and a HEPA vac.  Any recommendations for a good duct cleaner in Southern NH?

 

Ella Reape, Realtor Nashua NH  www.EllaReape.com

Posted by Ella Reape, Realtor 603-821-1140 ~ Selling Homes Throughout Southern New Hampshire, Luxury Homes Division, Keller Williams (Keller Williams Realty Nashua NH) almost 8 years ago

Sorry I don't have one Ella, but you can check the local on-line consumer sites and their comments!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

How often should this service/cleaning be done on a standard home? 

Thanks Jay,

Zen Ziejewski, Laguna Niguel Real Estate www.ZenSellsHomes.com

Posted by Zen Ziejewski, Laguna Niguel Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Jay, my husband works in HVAC but he used to be a duct cleaner for an environmental company who primarily does commercial work. Hospitals are now required to do duct cleaning.

Dust mites sure are ugly little critters!

Posted by Lynda White, Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty (Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How) almost 8 years ago

It depends on you and your habits Zen.  If you clean regularly and control dust in your home, you shouldn't have to do it that often.  See my next post.

Lynda - that is right!  And there are reasons for that.  In addition, they control molds in the HVAC systems to prevent Legionnaire's disease.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

I have allergies, so I have been thinking about this topic.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 8 years ago

Well, Brian, here you have the beginnings of your research!  Hope it helps!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for your great info, Jay.  How often should we be having our ducts cleaned?

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) almost 8 years ago

Dear Jay,

We have a lot of crickets coming into the house and I suspect the ducts of delivering them. Once a remodeling project is done (spackle & sanding brings a lot of dust), I'll have them cleaned and inspected for cracks or holes. It gets creepy, when you can see the critters.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) almost 8 years ago

Jay, thanks for writing this post. I appreciate it! I'm going over to read Part 2 right now.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) almost 8 years ago

DeeDee - that depends on how often you clean inside the house and the build up occurs.  Look in there and if it seems full have it done now.  And read part 2!

Dorte - could be the ducts.  Or under a door.  They don't need much space to get in.  I use those sticky pads to try to corral them!

Eric - I thought you saw this the other day!  Don't forget to share it with you know who!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Make sure that you are using a reputable company as you mentioned. Don't hire the people that advertise 'Only $7.00 per register!'. They are not professional, have the experience, have the proper equipment and everything will become an extra to boost their service profits. A proper cleaning will cost at least $600-$700, depending on how many systems you have.

Posted by Jeff Wicklander (Corwick Home Services LLC) almost 8 years ago

Good advice Jeff.  Here it depends on the number of returns and linear feet of the duct work.  But that is probably the same as your area.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Featured now!  I can hardly wait for Furnace Friday....

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Maureen!  What do you mean by featured?  And what is Furnace Friday?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

You got a gold star on this one now too, number two was on the dashboard yesterday wasn't it?  You are on the dashboard.

I try to scrounge up a Furnace post to Re-Blog every Friday.  I have the last week of October and first week of November all picked out. Thanks/

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) almost 8 years ago

Hi Jay -- I wondered about my 20 year old house when I moved in, not knowing the past history so I had my ducts cleaned with a top notch HVAC company with great equipment.  My ducts they said were almost impeccable before they cleaned them, and that's after 20 years of use.  Scary stuff if left unchecked I bet.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) almost 8 years ago

I get it now Maureen.  Thanks!  And glad I am not a scrounge...

Chris - it can be scary.  Those people who lived there for 20 years before you sure must have been clean freaks!  Good for you though.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Damn, that's gross.  Now I have to get my ducts cleaned tomorrow...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 8 years ago

Clean on Lane!

Nobody liked my Free Enterprise quote this week!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay - Just looking at those three ducts you have pictured there. I couldn't imagine how many dust mites there are.

Posted by Robert Schwabe, Orange Park Real Estate (EXP Realty) almost 8 years ago

While on the subject of cleaning, if you go into a house that smells like cigarette smoke, how far do you have to go to get rid of it? Can replacing carpet, cleaning blinds and curtains, clean or painting walls and ceilings be enough. Or could it take duct cleaning, light fixture cleaning, repainting, or ?

Posted by Tony Cannon, Real Estate - Oceanside Carlsbad (Bressi Realty Carlsbad) almost 8 years ago

Great information in an educational post. I'm better informed now. Thank you.

Posted by George Bennett, Inactive Principal Broker, GRI (Inactive) almost 8 years ago

Great and timely post. Great photos. Now you've even got me worried about my ductwork.

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE) almost 8 years ago

Robert - for sure they number in the millions.  As they do on carpets and mattresses.  Yummie.

That's a big problem Tony.  I understand it depends on the amount and length of time the people smoked inside.  It requires replacing or painting or cleaning virtually everything though.  There is a coat of nicotine on all surfaces.

You are welcome George.  That is the objective!

Jon - sorry my friend!  I guess it is a worry we can do something about though.

My legal name is Jon, spelled as you do.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

You are 100% correct.  Many companies do really nothing!

What they advertise is not what they are going to do for the money that they advertise.

Thanks for bringing this subject to our attention.

 

Sonny

St Louis Painting

Posted by Sonny Landau (St Louis Home Improvement and Painting Companies) almost 8 years ago

If I see one more dust mite or bed bug!!! I'm moving to the North Pole!!!! They don't live up there do they? I'd probably get eaten by Polar Bears.

I would definitly get our ducts cleaned!

Posted by David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) almost 8 years ago

You're welcome Sonny!  As to the companies, you have to inspect what you expect.

David - igloos are well insulated and I understand you can get the temperature inside up to 39 degrees F!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay, new home owners should also consider having their ducts clean. When we bought our home we waited a few years to have the ducts cleaned. To our surprise they pulled out everything from drywall, bread wrappers, nails plus the dust that accumulated over the years. Thanks for the reminder.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 8 years ago

You are right Michael.  All kinds of stuff can be in there.  Even insulation.  People are not very careful during the building process.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

I have never had my ducts cleaned but given what I can visably see on when changing the air filters I am sure that I would benefit from a good cleaning.  I have only had 1 client actually get their ducts cleaned and they said that it made a huge difference.

Posted by Christine McInerney, The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale (Great Life RE) almost 8 years ago

C&J - that's good to hear!  Our house is 13 years old and I can look into the ducts to see that they are clean.  We haven't had it done yet.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

It's worth a check even if it's clean and especially if you have a wall return. I've found the drywall cut-out remaining inside the opening, blocking off the vent. I've also found drywall knives, caulk tubes, bottles, cups and trash inside them.

Posted by Hank Spinnler, Atlanta Home Inspector (Harmony Home Inspection Services of GA) almost 8 years ago

And more Hank!  I have found hypodermic needles, panties, condoms, wow, you name it!  And in the sump pump pit also!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Clean ducts are essential for a healthy indoor environment. Thanks for the tutorial.

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) almost 8 years ago

All said they are Wayne.  And few think about it apparently, as I see such dirty duct work virtually every day.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

ewww, ewww, ewwww, I hate dust and especially dust mites! I re-blogged your part two!

Posted by Renée Montgomery, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Century 21 New Millennium) almost 8 years ago

Wow, thank Renee.  I hate those mites too!  Vacuum a lot!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay, thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and expertise.  I can't say that I have clients ask me about duct cleaning very often, but I was certainly interested in the information for my own house.  Thanks again!

Posted by Matt Robinson, www.professionalinvestorsguild.com (Professional Investors Guild) about 7 years ago

Wow, Matt.  An oldie but a goodie!  I look at the ducts in every house and more often than not they are really dirty!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

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