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How Much Duct Clog Is Too Much Duct Clog?!

Looking inside a floor register I was forced to wonder how much duct clog is too much duct clog?!

It was nasty!

Certainly nasty!

Air could hardly blow through the duct!

In an email I teased Charlie Buell saying that I thought I saw it moving, and morphing, and wondered if it was producing methane gas. 

In another email I also teased Don Hester and asked how much goop the code allows inside a duct.  Apparently, in Virginia, it is about 4".  This is a clogged artery!

Worse still, the other floor registers looked the same! 

I'm pretty sure it tastes like chicken.  Doesn't everything?  Please bring your own spoon, and no double dipping, please.

You have to wonder about air quality in this house! 

The duct cleaning companies might beg off of this job!  Or charge a dramatic premium!

The EPA says (click here) some interesting stuff, and, of course, it's answers are indeterminant.  As to whether duct cleaning helps physical health, they say:  "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 system can serve as a means to distribute these contaminants throughout a home. In these cases, duct cleaning may make sense."

So, what do health risks you think are being distributed around this house?  I don't know and I don't want to know!

My recommendation:  at the least, cleaning ducts helps air flow and HVAC efficiency.  It cannot hurt to clean duct dust and stuff.  Looking at this photo, THIS would be the definition of "duct stuff!"  Don't let this happen to you!

 

 

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 18 commentsJay Markanich • December 28 2015 01:46AM

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I don't know if I should have had breakfast....or not...not hungry now...good way to diet...urgh....this is beyond clog !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 3 years ago

 Good morning Jay. There are some very nasty ducts out there. Normally the worst is in the kitchen. From what I understand, ductwork should be cleaned about every seven years

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Yes, that is pretty bad!  Once it gets like that, it must be expensive to fix.

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay,

I knew it would be interesting but not this disgusting!

Think I would rather clean an S trap!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 3 years ago

Jay, I can't even finish my coffee now...I have never seen one this bad!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 3 years ago

S&D - it's aliiiiivvvveee!

Michael - we keep our house clean and my ducts are clean as a whistle.  The  house is 18 years old.  But perhaps I am not the 7 year itch norm!

WOW Flooring Girl - the ducts there were big yuckos.  Good luck cleaning them!

Raymond - just need a biggie pipe cleaner for that!

Ginny - put something to float in the coffee and you'll feel better.  No ... further thought ... wait on that one.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. Cleaning the ducts will definitely allow more air and make your home cleaner! How often overlooked! Enjoy your day

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 3 years ago

I try to keep mine clean Wayne.  I hope it helps us!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

The house I am in here has floor ducts. There is one right beside the toilet... can't wait for the toilet to overflow....

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

You must send a photo or video Fred! 

Now I am rooting for a clog!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Oh my, that photo.... I don't think I'll ever forget that image for a long, long time! Inspectors definitely have the best stories!

Posted by Kelly Hagglund, SW Portland Real Estate Expert (The Kelly Group Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Yummie is as yummie does, Kelly!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Now that's disgusting.  Grab a mask and head for the door.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 3 years ago

I have never seen such a clog Stephen!  And I've looked into one or two of those.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

With my husband's dust allergy and no air movement Jay Markanich , he would be suffocating.   How can anyone let it get this bad ?

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 ), Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia (American National Bank & Trust) over 3 years ago

Um, someone not paying attention Deanna!

I have NEVER seen a duct so full!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

We don't have many floor ducts around here, but it makes me wonder what's in the ducts above! (vomit)

Posted by Devin Keays, MBA (Keller Williams The Marketplace) over 3 years ago

Sometimes ducts under the slab can fill with mud and water too Devin!  Typically what's above only fills with dusts and mites.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

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