I am not going to lie. When you decide to open a retail store, there are a lot of unforeseen things that pop up. Even though we have a fabulous building, the air ducts were really gross. We needed Air Duct cleaning stat. We are pretty sure that they hadn’t ever been cleaned. The building was built in 1955-ish. After we took possession,we opened the top grate on one of the floor cold air returns and saw this:
We both recoiled in horror… And that was what we could see. When we pushed our phones down there and snapped pictures… it was worse. Much worse.
We were going to have to be in this space for a lot of hours. And we are going to have friends, customers, and our own families here too. One thing we knew we needed to get done was to have them completely cleaned out. I believe air quality is everything. We did it in our own home after the kitchen construction a few years ago, and I think it’s one of the best things we’ve done.
We partnered with Air Ducts Done Right Inc. in Darien, Il., and thought we would share a bit of the process of having the duct work cleaned, and the befores and afters. After seeing the difference, I can’t imagine breathing that air in all day if we hadn’t. 70 years of dust and gunk is pretty gross. The pictures were pretty astounding,even in the ducts that were merely “dusty”.
The two guys who showed up in the truck were really kind and courteous. It took them about an hour to prep everything including setting up the machine. They explained the process every step of the way, and took time out to answer any questions we had.
The process started by cleaning the outside of each vent. They blew the dust and grossness into the duct from the vent opening. Once they had finished a vent , they would tape it off, and move to the next, including the registers and returns. We are almost 1600 square feet. There are a lot of vents.
Once they finished everything from the top side, we could hear them cleaning it from underneath the duct work in the basement. I know it’s not right when you hear things moving in your ducts, but there was so much dust and debris, it was like someone was rolling marbles through them. They said it looked like anyone who had ever done construction in our store had just swept the debris into the floor vent on top of normal dust. Nice.
It took about 4-5 hours from start to finish. Afterwards, we looked in the vents and they were crazy clean! Plus, he showed us pictures of the vents too.Are you ready for the grossness?
Even the duct that didn’t have weirdo stuff in it was still pretty nasty. They don’t even seem like the same ducts! I mean, look how the nails sticking out look like fuzzy sticks in the top before picture!
When they told me that the average home can gather up to 50 pounds of dust a year, and 30% of that is dead skin cells, I thought about our 70 year old vents,I felt a little nauseous, and shuddered a bit.
I couldn’t believe the difference!
We are thrilled to have our air ducts and vents clean, working with them was such a great experience! I now want to do our own home.I think air duct cleaning in a home is something that is often overlooked. It’s been almost 6 years since we’ve last done it, and I hate that dusty,burning smell that happens when the furnace is flipped on for the first time every year in the fall.
If you decide to give them a call, make sure you mention that we sent you. We were so happy with everything they did, we would love to give them tons of business!!
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This post is sponsored by Air Ducts Done Right. Opinions are all my own.