Air Duct Cleaning Professionals in San Diego
The importance of sealants in air duct cleaning
Each year millions of homes across the U.S. hire professionals like ourselves to clean out their air ducts. San Diego County is perhaps one of our biggest markets but it’s also where people may choose to undertake the job of cleaning their own home’s air ducts. As a matter of fact, doing it yourself is a great way to save money if you have the time. So, the most common question that we’re asked is what type of sealant works best and why? Some home owners even try to find out if they can use sealant on their own and save money by not hiring us – which is perfectly fine. This is why we’ve decided to put together some information that most people will find useful.
Manufacturers of sealants like to claim that they prevent dirt and dust particles from settling down inside your air vent. While it may be true to some extent, it’s not 100% the case. In our experience there is only a certain extent to which a sealant will be effective. It can certainly slow down the build-up of dirt and dust for a short period of time but it won’t completely prevent it. This means that it will not completely prevent the growth of moss and bacterium. For the best effect make sure to clean the duct’s surface prior to applying any type of sealant. If you are going to use sealant to coat the duct’s surface then keep in mind that it’s only good to repair damaged fiberglass insulation or repair fire damage. You should never use sealants on dirty or wet ducts since they can end up encouraging the growth of mold. It should only be used after proper dryer vent cleaning. So, replace the wet or moldy surfaces prior to applying sealant. We would also advise dry duct cleaning prior to sealant application.
Types of duct sealants
You may have come across duct sealant containing biocide and wondered if it was really effective. Yes, they are effective because it helps to slow down the recurrence of bacterium and mold in ducts. This type of sealant is also good for treating problem areas but shouldn’t be sprayed indiscriminately into an air duct system since the vapors are known to be harmful. Ideally, you’ll want to follow the directions on the label to the dot.
If you have never cleaned an air duct before and have no idea where to start then its best to hire a team of experts. As one of the leading services in San Diego we have cleaned the ducts of hundreds of homes and offices across the city. The one reason why we are successful where others are not is with the fact that we use the latest tools and equipment to ensure that not only is the duct cleaned properly but it also stays that way. Plus – we also use the very best sealants and a harmless cleaning regimen so you never have to worry about the duct being damaged, owing to the use of corrosive materials and damaging methods.