It amazes me that people who buy a newly built house or hire a contractor to build a new home don’t require the contractor to have the air ducts cleaned prior to moving in. If you think about all the sawdust and sheetrock dust that has been accumulated in the HVAC system throughout the construction, it only makes good sense.
I remember a house we cleaned for a doctor in west Ankeny. It was a million-dollar home and the doctor told me that she and her husband were sitting in the living room looking out the patio door windows when the air conditioner turned on. The dust blew out of the supply vent by the window and landed all over the floor in that area. After checking around the other supply vents, they found the same issue. That’s when they picked up the phone and called me.
One thing to remember is that the main contractor subcontracts out some of the work, like sheetrock and flooring. I am not saying all subcontractors are not careful about what they drop into the supply floor vents – but these particular subcontractors were not careful at all. In fact, we found Jimmy John wrappers, smashed pop cans and water bottles, all sorts of sheetrock from where they cut out around receptacles, lots of sheetrock sanding dust, and sawdust from the wood flooring subcontractors.
We have done dozens of cleanings for new houses and our experiences have convinced me that every newly-built home should have the air ducts cleaned prior to moving in. The owners have a new furnace and air conditioner coil which they paid good money for. While there is a filter, some of the dust makes it past the filter and contaminates the system not to mention the dust that is blown out onto the new carpet, flooring and furniture.
It’s also important to consider those with allergies and other breathing issues. The dust blowing around is an irritant and triggers allergy symptoms. A thorough cleaning will eliminate the dust.
If a person spends the money to have a new home built, they should not have to deal with contaminated duct work from the construction. And the new owner should not be responsible for paying to have the air ducts cleaned. The contractor is responsible. It is amazing that many new owners simply don’t think to look under the vent covers. If you are having a new home built or extensive remodeling done to your current house, make sure to get the air ducts cleaned!
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- On December 12, 2018
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