“I highly recommend this Air Duct Cleaning company to anyone. The owner, Matt Mountain, was extremely responsive, informative and got the job done as promised. Even though he wasn’t selling $99/whole house cleaning (which is a crock if you do see such an offer) I felt confident in his pricing. I actually inquired with 3 other companies and none of them replied to the online forms I submitted. Matt did respond and I’m glad he did. He’s probably never met a client SO excited to get their air ducts cleaned. I did a lot of research online, looked at reviews, videos, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association website and was confident that Mountain Duct Cleaning would do the job right and they did!”
— Mary, Brooklyn Park
Josh from Hopkins:
“Your technician left a little bit ago. I wanted to write to let you know that he was one of the best contractors/service guys I’ve ever worked with. I told him that, but I thought I would relay it directly to you as well. He was above and beyond anything I expected. I’ll make sure to recommend Mountain Duct Cleaning to anyone we know that could use your services. Thanks Again.”
So you’ve just built or bought your brand new home and you figure: everything is new, so everything must be clean… right?
Ideally, yes it is. However, that might not be the case. A lot of the time there can be a significant amount of construction debris that makes its way into the duct system after it is installed. Typically the ductwork goes into a home when the walls and floors are all bare wood. The majority of the finished surfaces (sheetrock, wood flooring, tile, etc.) are installed after the HVAC system. Contractors will often cut these materials inside the home as its being built; this is even more common in our Minnesota climate. Even if they are making their major cuts outside, they will often need to make some minor cuts and do some trimming once the material is in place. The floor and wall vents are usually open during this time allowing for debris to fall into the system. With the extremes of our climate, workers may even turn on the HVAC system while they are installing the finishing materials to keep the home warm or cool enough. This will allow the air return side of the system to suck in sheetrock and sawdust. I’ve even been very suspicious a few times that the construction workers were just using the vents as a dustpan to clean up their mess! It all can lead to your system being dirty before you even move in.
So how do you know? It can be as easy as taking off a couple of your vents and looking inside. Try a couple of each kind, supply and return, in a few different spots in your home. Since the debris is new it should still be pretty close to the vent opening. Where the return ducts are typically the dirtier ones in an older home, in a new home it may be the supply vents that are the dirtiest. This is because many supply vents are in the floor where its east for construction materials to fall in. You can use a small mirror and flashlight to look around corners and see down the duct. Of course, a full inspection by a certified technician will give you a good idea as well.
Are you a home builder or remodeling contractor? We would love to work with you! Let us help provide your customers with a clean home when they move into their new space.
Posted May 31st 2013 by: Matt Mountain
This project was a little different than the typical duct cleaning job. I received a call for a commercial duct cleaning bid at a local jewelry store. They knew their ducts needed to be cleaned because the registers on the ceiling vents were extremely dirty and looked pretty horrible against the white ceiling of the store. I provided them with a bid and although they chose not to do the full duct cleaning at that time, they still wanted to do something about those nasty looking vents.
I could tell by looking at the vents that they weren’t going to come clean with just a brush and vacuum and not even scrubbing or power washing would make them look like new again. We decided that the best course of action would be to clean the registers, and then re-paint them with a rust-proof paint. Another technician and myself arrived at the store before hours and removed all the registers, bringing them outside to be cleaned. We scrubbed the vents with some Simple Green cleaner, let them dry, and re-painted them to look brand new. Below is a before and after picture showing the results.