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Air Duct Cleaning: The Benefits of a Truck-Mounted Vacuum

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

One of the key components of a professional air duct cleaning procedure is the vacuum unit. During the cleaning, the vacuum unit is what draws the dust, dirt, and dislodged debris out of your air ducts.

When comparing companies that offer air duct cleaning services, you will likely have a choice between a company that uses a Portable vacuum system and a company that uses a Truck-Mounted vacuum system.

As the name implies, a portable vacuum system is relatively small and easy to transport. As such, it will be brought inside your home or office and moved from room to room as needed to assist with the cleaning procedure. Conversely, a truck-mounted system is much larger and it will remain outdoors during the cleaning procedure.

So, which system does a better job? Well, there are actually several distinct benefits to using a truck-mounted vacuum system for cleaning your air ducts. These include Superior Power, Larger Hose Diameter, and Better Debris Containment.

Superior Power

If you want your ducts to be truly clean, a truck-mounted vacuum system is far superior to any other type of vacuum system. In fact, it is many times more powerful than a portable vacuum unit. After all, these large and robust trucks are specially made for one purpose: efficient and effective air duct cleaning. As a result, the suction from a truck-mounted vacuum unit can draw tens of thousands of cubic feet of air per minute. This incredibly powerful suction swiftly pulls all of the contaminants and dislodged debris out of the ductwork. By contrast, many portable air duct cleaners can only draw a few thousand cubic feet of air per minute.

Larger Hose Diameter

You might be surprised at some of the things that are found within air ducts. Toys, balls, clothing, trash, and drink containers are common finds. Also, pieces of drywall, wood scraps, tools, and other construction-related debris often make their way inside. Even rodents and other animals can crawl into the ducts and expire. Fortunately, a truck-mounted vacuum hose usually has a diameter of 8” to 12”. So it can easily remove anything that could fit within an air duct system. On the other hand, the hose of a portable vacuum is much smaller in diameter and therefore prone to clogging on bulky objects.

Better Debris Containment

Another major benefit of a truck-mounted vacuum system is that all the dust, dirt, debris, and other contaminants are instantly whisked out of your home or office. However, because a portable unit is brought inside your building, the harmful pollutants drawn into the vacuum will remain indoors until the technician leaves. This means if the portable unit leaks or spills, or has an ineffective filter, pollutants can inadvertently be released back into your living environment.

Insist on the Zerorez Duct Truck!

Your Atlanta-area Zerorez uses the most effective air duct cleaning system available. In fact, our powerful “Duct Truck” vacuum draws over 30,000 cubic feet of air per minute, rapidly whisking all dust, debris and other ductwork pollutants out of your home or office. This eliminates any chance of uncontained particles from being released into your living space during the cleaning procedure.

Once the cleaning is complete, we then mist our patented Empowered Water through your entire duct system to eliminate bacteria, germs, and viruses…while releasing ZERO toxins! This is a Zerorez exclusive.

Don’t settle for an inferior duct cleaning. Contact Zerorez Atlanta today at (770) 242-1313 to harness the most powerful air duct cleaning system in the country. You may also schedule an air duct cleaning right now by clicking here.

Air Duct Cleaning: The Importance of a Video Inspection

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The air duct system in your home is a branching network of large tubes that transport air to and from your central heating and cooling unit. Over time, these ducts can accumulate an enormous amount of dust and debris.

Dirty ducts can lead to a variety of problems. For example, they can release allergens into the air, harbor stale odors and restrict the air flow of your heating and cooling unit. Needless to say, a thorough duct cleaning is a major step toward a healthier and more comfortable living environment.

How Did the Ducts get so Filthy?
The fact is, air ducts are unintentionally allowed to get filthy because they operate behind the scenes. If the dust could be seen building up within the ducts, homeowners would most certainly take action to prevent it. But, it is not only difficult for homeowners to see inside their ducts, it is nearly impossible for them to access and clean out the ductwork on their own.

Air duct cleaning is a project best left to the experts. Because the ductwork is so difficult to access, it is one of the most challenging places to clean in a home. Specialized cleaning devices are needed to loosen caked-on debris, and powerful suction equipment is required to prevent uncontained dust particles from entering the living environment.

Insist on a Video Inspection
When hiring a company to clean your air ducts, insist on an inspection using an air duct video camera. This is a small digital camera that is snaked into the ducts to provide a real-time video of the interior of your ductwork. Even though it is dark inside the ducts, the camera provides ample illumination to capture clear video. Also, the camera is flexible and can bend around corners as needed.

This video feed will allow you and the technician to see the actual volume of dust and debris within the ducts before any cleaning begins. Equally important, the video camera should also be re-fed through the ducts after the cleaning procedure so you can verify that the ducts have indeed been thoroughly cleaned.

Not all Duct Cleaning Companies use Cameras
Bear in mind that not all duct cleaning companies offer a video camera inspection. But then how will you know that the ducts were dirty beforehand and properly cleaned afterward? After all, the camera doesn’t lie. So be on guard if you are not offered a visual inspection using a real-time video camera. You may not receive the level of service that you are expecting.

At Zerorez Atlanta, we’re proud of our reputation for meticulous cleaning. So to ensure your complete satisfaction, our air duct technicians will provide you with a real-time video inspection of your ductwork’s interior before and after the cleaning.

Simply give Zerorez a call at (770) 242-1313 with any questions you may have, or click here to schedule an appointment. We look forward to having the opportunity to serve you.

Air Duct Cleaning: Rid Your Home of Lingering Odors

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Old food smellIf your home has lingering odors, these could be originating from particles trapped within your duct work. Dirty air ducts are not only capable of harboring odors, they can also circulate these unpleasant smells throughout the entire house.

If you are the original owner of your home, you probably have a good idea of the source of your odor problem. However, if you reside in a pre-owned home and have never had the ducts professionally cleaned, it can be harder to decipher the source of recurring smells.

In our experience, foul odors emanating from a home’s duct system are most commonly attributed to bacteria, mold, pets, tobacco use, vermin, or food preparation.

Bacteria – the amount of dirt and dust that accumulates within an air duct system can be astounding. This debris can become a virtual incubator for bacteria, which can produce bad odors. In addition to giving the air a dreadful smell, bacteria can also enter your living environment and have a negative effect on your health. Fortunately, a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the air duct system is quite effective at combating bacteria.

Mold – the musty smell of mold is much more than a nuisance, it can trigger allergies and cause respiratory problems. Mold is usually found in air ducts that contain some degree of moisture or humidity. Mold is a member of the fungi family and can reproduce in large quantities if not addressed. Mold releases spores into the air, which can get distributed throughout your home if not eradicated from the duct system.

Pets – dogs, cats and other animals that currently share your home, or shared your home in the past, can contribute a wide variety of disagreeable aromas. For example, fur and dander can accumulate in the air ducts, disseminating a pet’s essence throughout the entire house. Also, the scent of pet urine is particularly offensive and can cling to the dust and grime within a home’s duct system. Unless the air ducts are properly cleaned, this sickening odor will remain indefinitely.

Tobacco Use – the smoke from cigarettes and cigars is easily drawn into a home’s air duct system and can permeate the entire house. Also, tar and nicotine residue leaves a sticky coating on anything it contacts, including the interior surface of your home’s ductwork. Even if you have thoroughly cleaned or replaced everything in your home, you will still notice a smoky odor coming from your vents until your ducts have been professionally cleaned and sanitized.

Rodents – more often than you might think, various pests and rodents crawl into residential air duct systems. They not only leave droppings, many of these creatures are unable to escape and quickly expire. The homeowner is generally unaware this has occurred until the smell of decay begins to waft throughout the home. Of course, the only way to eliminate the stench is to remove the carcass and any residual contaminants.

Food Preparation – the process of preparing and cooking certain meals can produce strong and lingering odors. These smells can be drawn into the air duct system, where they become quite repugnant over time. Frying can also cast grease into the air, which can actually coat the intakes and walls of the air ducts. The smell of stale grease is quite unpleasant, but it can be neutralized with a professional cleaning.

Contact Zerorez for a Fresher Smelling Home

Your Atlanta-area Zerorez has the expertise you need to battle unpleasant air duct odors. Whether the cause is bacteria, mold, smoke, dead animals, pets, cooking or some other pollutant, we can help neutralize your problem.

In addition to providing a thorough cleaning, we mist your entire duct system with our patented Empowered Water. This technological marvel kills odor-causing bacteria while it sanitizes and deodorizes. Our cleaning method not only helps remove smells, it also removes the pollutants that affect your indoor air quality.

Furthermore, all our technicians are full-time employees of Zerorez, they are not sub-contracted labor. In addition, they are well-trained, experienced, bonded, insured, and licensed for your peace of mind.

Isn’t it time you got rid of those bothersome smells and odors? Give Zerorez a call at (770) 242-1313 or schedule a duct-cleaning appointment. We look forward to serving you!

What Surprises Did the Prior Residents Leave in Your Home?

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

If you reside in a pre-owned home, and have never had the air ducts properly cleaned, you may be surprised to learn what lies inside your ductwork.

Within your air ducts are dead skin cells from every prior inhabitant of your home. Remnants of people you have likely never met, as well as their pets, are caked to the inner walls of your air ducts. It’s disgusting, but it’s true.

We’re all a little bit Flakey…

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and accounts for 5-10% of our total body weight. Skin acts as our body’s armor and helps protect us from physical injury. It also blocks out the sun’s radiation, harmful germs and other environmental toxins.

Because our skin takes a lot of abuse, it needs to constantly regenerate itself to keep us healthy.  During the regeneration process, thousands upon thousands of skin cells flake off each day. On average, this adds up to more than eight pounds of dead skin per year…per person.

Since people spend a lot of time at home, this is the place where they lose a lot of dead skin. As these tiny skin particles become airborne, they get circulated throughout the home’s ductwork. And the older the home, and the more people that have lived there, the more dried skin flakes the home has had circulating through it. And the more skin particles the home has accumulated in its air ducts.

Rover and Tabby shed more than Fur…

Humans aren’t the only frequent shedders of skin. Dogs, cats, and other warm-blooded pets shed a great deal of dead skin, which is commonly referred to as dander.

It doesn’t matter if the pet has short hair, long hair, sheds a lot of hair, or sheds a little hair. The amount of hair has nothing to do with the amount of dander; dander refers to flakes of dead skin. Also, older pets slough off more skin cells than younger pets, so the volume of dander in the home increases as the pet ages.

Just like human skin cells, pet dander is microscopic and can be transported easily throughout the home via the air ducts. As a result, dander enters the mucous membranes of the nose and lungs, triggering allergies and breathing difficulties. In fact, pet dander allergies are extremely common in people.

Now that I’m Totally Creeped Out, what can I Do?

Contact your Atlanta-area Zerorez right now to have your air duct system thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. In addition to all those disgusting skin cells, we’ll remove years of accumulated dirt, debris, bacteria and odors. And if the carpeting was there when you moved in, don’t worry. We will clean and disinfect that too.

With Zerorez, you’ll rest a lot easier knowing your living environment has been meticulously cleaned and sanitized. You’ll breathe a lot easier too. Call us today at (770) 242-1313.

Air Duct Cleaning: Seven Important Questions to Ask

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Zerorez Duct CleaningWhen selecting a company to remove the dust and contaminants from your air ducts, you obviously want the most qualified service provider. Asking targeted questions upfront will help you quickly separate the amateurs from the experts. Below are seven important questions to help you select a professional air duct cleaning company:

  1. Do you use a Duct-Cam?  Feeding a video camera into the ducts before any cleaning work begins will allow you, the customer, to see the actual volume of dust and debris inside. Re-feeding the video camera through the ducts after the cleaning procedure provides you the opportunity to verify that the ducts have indeed been thoroughly cleaned.
  2. Do you create additional Duct Access Points? Rarely is it possible to do a thorough duct cleaning by using just the register and grate openings. Additional access points must be created in order to accommodate a suction hose or cleaning device. If the company does not create additional access points, it is unlikely the ducts will receive an adequate cleaning.
  3. How Powerful is your Vacuum? Not all vacuum systems are created equal. The vacuum must generate high-powered suction and be designed specifically for air duct cleaning. If the vacuum isn’t strong enough to keep up with the volume of dust and debris that is being dislodged from the ducts, you risk spreading dirty particles all over your home.
  4. Is all Debris Whisked out of the House? Some air duct companies bring a portable unit into your home to collect the dust. If this unit leaks or spills, your indoor environment will become incredibly polluted – the exact opposite of what you are trying to achieve. To prevent dust particles from being released within the home, it is better to use a main vacuum unit that is left outside.
  5. Do you Clean the Interior Walls of the Ducts? By itself, a vacuum is not effective at dislodging all the dust and debris that is caked on the interior walls of your air ducts. This accumulated contamination is often compacted and requires removal by mechanical means. Only by using rotary whips, brushes, or other specialty devices can your system receive a deep cleaning.
  6. Do you Disinfect the Ducts after they’ve been Cleaned? It is quite common to find mildew, mold, bacteria, viruses and other harmful substances in ductwork. After removing these contaminants by a methodical cleaning, it is wise to then disinfect the ducts. Not all companies offer this service, and even if they do you want to make sure the disinfectant used is non-toxic and eco-friendly.
  7. Do you have a Guarantee? A guarantee is part of good customer service. A reputable firm will offer a guarantee that ensures your complete satisfaction. They want you to be pleased with their work in hopes you’ll become a loyal customer and refer them to others.

Zerorez of Atlanta provides Air Duct Cleaning that is a truly second to none, and we hope you will consider us for your duct cleaning needs. That said, we’d like to provide our answers to the above seven questions so you can see exactly how we compare with the competition…

  1. Do you use a Duct-Cam?  Yes. We are proud of our reputation for thoroughness and want to provide the homeowner with a visual inspection of their air ducts. We provide video before and after the cleaning.
  2. Do you create additional Duct Access Points? Yes. It is the only way to perform a detailed cleaning. We also make sure to completely seal any access panel to ensure the integrity of the duct system.
  3. How Powerful is your Vacuum? We use the most powerful and effective vacuum system in the country. It moves over 30,000 cubic feet of air per minute! This mighty air duct vacuum eliminates any possibly of contaminating your home with uncontained debris.
  4. Is all Debris Whisked out of the House? Yes. Our state-of-the-art vacuum unit is mounted in our exclusive “Duct Truck”, which of course is parked outside your home. In addition, our extremely large diameter vacuum hose pulls the dust out of your home very quickly.
  5. Do you Clean the Interior Walls of the Ducts? Yes. We send a powerful whip line down each duct to vigorously agitate and dislodge caked on dust and debris. The whipping action scrubs every square inch within both round and rectangular shaped ducts.
  6. Do you Disinfect the Ducts after they’ve been Cleaned? Yes. After all dust and debris has been removed, we mist the entire air duct system with our patented Empowered Water to disinfect and sanitize. This environmentally friendly spray eliminates harmful mold, mildew, bacteria, viruses and other germs while releasing ZERO toxins into your home. Empowerer Water is exclusive to Zerorez.
  7. Do you have a Guarantee? Yes. We offer a 30-day complete satisfaction guarantee. If you have any concern at all, we will make it right. In addition to our guarantee, you will have additional peace of mind knowing all our technicians are licensed, bonded and insured. Give us a call today at (770) 242-1313, or schedule an air duct appointment now!

The Top Five Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning

Monday, February 11th, 2013

zerorez air ducts
The air ducts in your home provide a very important function. They circulate the air from your heating and cooling system into and out of each room, which allows for consistent interior comfort regardless of the season.

In fact, all of the air in your home circulates through the ducts multiple times a day. The air cycling through your ducts is the same air that completely fills your living environment…and it is the same air that you and your family breathe. As such, you want this air to be as clean as possible.

Air Duct Cleaning refers to the removal of dust and contaminants within the ductwork. This includes the supply and return air ducts as well as the registers and diffusers in each room. Powerful vacuums whisk away all dust and debris, preventing it from re-circulating throughout the home.

There are many benefits to having your air ducts professionally cleaned, the top five of which are listed below:

  1. Creates a Cleaner Living Environment
    • Having your air ducts professionally cleaned reduces the dust that would otherwise circulate throughout your living space, landing on your furniture, your bedding, your flooring…just about everywhere. Fortunately, a thorough air duct cleaning reduces the amount of interior cleaning and dusting necessary to maintain a hygienic home.
  2. Reduces Allergens and Irritants
    • In addition to dust, air ducts frequently contain harmful contaminants and micro-organisms. These include pet dander, bacteria, pollen, mildew, mold spores, and similar toxins. People who suffer from allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems are particularly sensitive to these airborne particles. A periodic air duct cleaning promotes healthier living…otherwise the dirty air in your home just keeps re-circulating over and over.
  3. Helps Everyone Breathe Easier
    • Even if no one in your household suffers from chronic allergies or respiratory problems, cleaner air makes it easier for everyone to breathe. Even among the most healthy, dust and pollutants entering the nose and lungs can trigger sneezing and coughing, as well as sinus and bronchial congestion. Air duct cleaning creates a more comfortable environment and promotes well-being. Given the choice between clean air and dirty air, which would you rather breathe?
  4. Removes Unpleasant Smells and Odors
    • Pets, household cleaning agents, paint fumes, mold, tobacco use and even food preparation all contribute to stale smells in the air ducts. Every time the furnace or air conditioner is running, these odors will repeatedly flow through the house. Even an accumulation of dust and dirt over the years can lead to a musty scent coming from the ductwork. A detailed cleaning of the air ducts removes all odor trapping particles, resulting in a fresher smelling home.
  5. Improves Air Flow Efficiency
    • Ductwork and registers that have a heavy build-up of dust and grime can restrict the flow of air from the furnace and air conditioner. This means your system will have to work harder to heat or cool your home, resulting in a decreased level of efficiency. Conversely, a clean system will operate at peak efficiency and provide the most cost-effective performance for your energy dollar.

To learn more about the many benefits of Air Duct Cleaning, contact your Atlanta-area Zerorez at (770) 242-1313. Our exclusive cleaning process incorporates the most powerful air duct vacuum in the country. It will leave your ducts cleaner than you ever imagined. We’ll even show you the before and after images to prove it!

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