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Air Duct Cleaning

To Clean Or Not Clean

There are specific indications that you need to have your air ducts professionally cleaned. When those conditions exist, Top Notch Chimney Sweeps & Services has the expertise and professional equipment to do the job properly and meticulously for home owners in the Des Moines area.

The Environmental Professional Agency (EPA) suggests that you have professional air duct cleaning if you have any of these conditions in your household venting:


  • Your ducts have been infiltrated with rodents or insects
  • Your ducts are caked with dust, debris, and you can see it in your registers
  • There is mold

The trouble is, you probably don’t know what has built up in your venting, and that’s the reason call a professional to do a thorough inspection. If the technician finds mold, excessive dirt or dust, or even vermin, equally important to removing the debris, is finding and eliminating the cause! Again, that’s why you call a professional; simply cleaning the duct work is not enough.

The EPA offers this advice, “If any of the conditions identified above exists, it usually suggests one or more underlying causes. Prior to any cleaning, retrofitting, or replacing of your ducts, the cause or causes must be corrected or else the problem will likely recur. Furthermore, the EPA cautions “If you decide to have your heating and cooling system cleaned, it important to make sure the service provider agrees to clean all components of the system and is qualified to do so.”

Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford offers these precautions to homeowners considering having their venting and HVAC systems cleaned:

  • Use a full service cleaning company
  • Check references, certifications, and insurance
  • Get written estimates detailing the cost and the services to be performed
  • Consider the thoroughness of the work and the reputation of the company over price.
  • Verify results, your technician can offer you a video inspection via camera.
  • Avoid sealants and sprays. The EPA has not approved any sealants or sprays for inside duct work.
  • Always avoid steam cleaning or any moisture based cleaning products.

The jury is still out on whether having your air ducts proactively cleaned will improve air quality in your home. However, every reliable source is in agreement that a household with family members who have allergies or other breathing and pulmonary difficulties should have a professional inspection of their household venting performed in conjunction with recommendations and treatment from their medical professional.

In their “Scam Alert”, Consumer Reports echoes the advice of the EPA. “Have the ductwork cleaned if it contains visible mold buildup or has debris coming out of supply registers, or if the ducts are infested with vermin. Check for problems by removing the registers and shining a flashlight into the duct work.”

The air duct technician you invite into your home should have the proper and verifiable credentials to give you confidence that they have both the expertise and professional tools to do a complete inspection and properly diagnosis and correct any problems they encounter, along with providing a complete cleaning of your entire venting system.

As a further precaution, before you start any major renovation projects, be sure to seal off your duct work. Also, for older properties be sure that no asbestos or lead paint is being disturbed during the renovations. If asbestos or lead paint is found, every community has very specific removal procedures that must be followed due to health and environmental considerations.

For a complete consumer’s guide to air duct cleaning click here. If you are in the Des Moines area, call Top Notch for a free consultation and estimate. We are the company you can trust!