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At Superior Air Duct Cleaning, we take care to provide our customers high quality services personalized for their unique needs. We are available to book your appointment 7 days a week. Our staff members are professional, courteous and efficient.
We provide a variety of services including:
If you have any question concerning scheduling and prices, please don't hesitate to contact us. Our friendly customer service staff will help find the best solutions for you.
If you suspect you have mold in your home or building:
Do not touch mold or moldy items with bare hands
Do not get mold or mold spores in your eyes
Do not breathe in mold or mold spores
Contact a certified mold mediator if you suspect a mold problem
Visual Survey for Mold [Non-Destructive]
We perform visual surveys in the home or building to check the fungal ecology or problems in a specific area as directed.
The survey takes about 30-45 minutes and includes the following:
Walking around the suspected problem area(s).
Walking through and to the areas of concern.
Viewing the area with a flashlight to highlight the suspected mold contamination or condition.
Taking moisture readings of the structure such as walls, floors, and/or ceiling surfaces to detect moisture intrusion.
Taking temperature and relative humidity readings to determine if they fall within ASHRAE recommendations.
Providing an estimate for remediation by industry standards [S-520]
We will visually survey and test for mold contamination at a reasonable rate. Always remember that the young and elderly are more susceptible to the effects of mold and indoor pollutants. If you suspect that there may be a problem in the home or building, call us for an indoor evaluation.
Ten Things You Should Know About Mold
There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment -- The way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture!
Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
If mold is a problem in your home or office, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60% ) to decrease mold growth by:
venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning
Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth
Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced
Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation
In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e. bathrooms with leaks or frequent condensation)
Molds can be found almost anywhere. They can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. Molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
AREAS OF BAD ODORS
Crawlspaces are the largest single cause of poor indoor air quality and various moisture related problems in your home.
Superior Air Duct can guide you through the many problems associated with crawlspaces. Our Free Inspection will involve a thorough examination of your crawlspace inside and out. We will explain the causes of your crawlspace problems, what can be done to correct them permanently and provide you with a written estimate. Our goal is to solve your specific problem in the most cost-effective, non intrusive way possible.
Crawlspace Mold & Odors
Mold is one of the most common problems found in crawlspaces, along with the mold comes those musty foul odors. The most likely source of mold and odors is damp crawlspace air. Mold can be found growing on floor joist, exposed sub-flooring and many times on debris that is left in the crawlspace.
Superior Air Duct treats the mold with an EPA Registered, Non-Toxic, Chemical-Free, Botanical Fungistat/ Disinfectant that kills 99.99% of harmful molds. We are so pleased with our products and their results, that we offer a 1 Year Warranty against mold re-growth for our attic and crawlspace projects when our fungal disinfectants/inhibitors are used in conjunction with fixing any moisture problems. If the mold comes back, we will re-treat for FREE.
We find many crawlspaces littered with debris. Debris left in your crawlspace is affected by the moisture in your crawlspace. Paper, cardboard, wood from construction and insulation is just a small example of what we find. All of the things mentioned above have one thing in common they grow mold and smell really bad as they decompose. Removing the debris from your crawlspace reduces the opportunity for mold, odors, and critters.
There are many sources of moisture that can affect your crawlspace. Open vents, lack of a vapor barrier, un-vented appliances, and foundation side wall penetration can all allow enough moisture to keep the humidity levels in your crawlspace excessively high, this in turn causes mold to grow, odors to increase, and bugs and critters that like damp environments to want to come into your crawlspace.
There are several methods to insulate crawlspaces. The most common is standard fiberglass batted insulation placed in the joist cavities; this is referred to as sub-floor insulation. In our area of the east coast the required minimum is insulation with an R-19 rating. Most codes are also now allowing insulation to be placed vertically on the foundation walls, providing it meets the requirements for fire and smoke spread. This type of insulating is usually done with a ridged Styrofoam board of several inches. In some cases the newer reflective foil insulation is being used as a supplement and to achieve the required R values, some types of this insulation can also serve as a vapor barrier.
Very often Superior Air Duct sees sub-floor insulation that is installed incorrectly. The two most common problems that usually need to be corrected are insulation that is installed upside down, and insulation that is not secured correctly. A key indicator of a substantial moisture problem in the crawlspace is when sub-floor insulation is pulled from its supports and starts to separate. Condensation forms and makes the insulation to heavy for the insulation supports to hold. Insulation does play an important part of keeping your crawlspace in a good condition. The International Residential Code requires that sub-floor insulation be installed; if sub-floor insulation is not installed then the foundation sidewalls must be insulated. Generally if the insulation is installed correctly and is not severely separated we can re-tuck the existing sub-floor insulation, any insulation that has fallen to the ground is disposed of. New insulation can then be replaced in the missing areas. Unfortunately when insulation is installed upside down and the craft paper is moldy it must be removed and disposed of. Superior Air Duct will evaluate the current insulation; if the insulation can continue to be used we will tell you. If not, we will discuss available options with you, to provide you with the best and most cost effective solution.
A crawlspace vapor barrier is a high density material that prohibits water vapor from passing through it Traditionally a vapor barrier was used to cover only the ground floor of the crawlspace. This prevents water vapor from evaporating out of the soil and moving up into the crawlspace air. This water vapor can cause excess humidity levels that also allow mold, odors, and bugs to become a problem in your crawlspace and in your upper living spaces. A crawl space vapor barrier should only be installed after any ground water problems are corrected.
Water vapor is always evaporating from the ground, even if the crawlspace floor looks dry, this water vapor evaporation is still occurring. A vapor barrier is the easiest and most cost effective way to stop this problem. A good vapor barrier can reduce humidity 15 to 30 % depending on the type of installation.
A standard and commonly seen vapor barrier is made of 6-mil poly plastic. This is the minimally accepted material allowed by codes such as the International Residential Code. This type of vapor barrier is used when a crawlspace does not have a side wall water penetration problem. Industry requirements for this type of installation are that the material must cover the entire crawlspace floor and that seams should overlap 12 inches.
SUPERIOR AIR DUCT takes it a step further. For crawlspaces with slopes we pin the material with ground stakes to keep it in place. Understanding all of the problems that are occurring in your crawlspace and why is extremely important when recommending a vapor barrier, that will last and perform as it should to provide the expected results of a clean dry crawlspace. That's why our crawlspace specialists go in your crawlspace and check from corner to corner. We need to see what is going on to properly provide you the best cost effective solutions.
AIR DUCT CLEANING
WHY SHOULD YOU GET YOUR AIR DUCTS CLEANED?
Answer: Because they get dirty!
In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all homes through regular use, there are several other factors that can increase the need for air duct cleaning:
Occupants with allergies or asthma
Cigarette or cigar smoke
Water contamination or damge to the HVAC system
Home renovation or remodeling projects
Some Occupants are more sensitive to these contaminants than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly tend to be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help to address
Inspect Your Air Ducts
You can tell if your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system needs cleaning by doing the following: First, with a screwdriver, remove a floor or wall register. If there is visible dust, dirt or debris, you should have your ducts cleaned.
What You Need To Know About Duct Cleaning
Air duct cleaning is a misnomer. In actuality, the entire HVAC system should be cleaned. Failure to clean all components of the system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus minimizing the benefits of cleaning. Just as you wouldn't only clean half of your living room floor, you also would not want to clean only part of your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. It is recommended that you clean the entire HVAC system, including the following components:
Proper HVAC Cleaning Process
There are two key components to HVAC cleaning: Breaking contaminants loose, and collection of contaminants. Breaking Contaminants LooseProperly cleaning HVAC systems requires removing the sources of contamination. Source removal begins with use of one or more agitation devices designed to loosen contaminants from the surfaces within the heating and air-conditioning system. Examples of agitation devices include brushes, air whips and compressed air nozzles. Agitation can also be achieved through hand-brushing or contact vacuuming.
Collection of Contaminants
During cleaning, the entire HVAC system is placed under continuous negative pressure or HEPA-Filtered vacuum to prevent the spread of contaminants. Continuous negative pressure and HEPA vacuuming allows very fine particles to be removed from the system as they become airborne, ensuring that these particles are not released in to the living space when the system is turned on after cleaning. This negative pressure and HEPA vacuuming also serves to extract the loosened contaminants, which are collected and removed from your home.
HVAC system cleaning is not a complex process, but each job is unique. Where possible, access to duct interiors should be made through existing openings such as supply diffusers, return grills, duct end caps, and existing service openings. Cleaning technicians may need to cut access holes in the duct work in order to reach inside with various cleaning tools. Creation of these service openings, and their subsequent closure, requires craftsmanship and professional skill.
Antimicrobial treatments include sanitizers, disinfectants and deodorizers can be applied to non-porous surfaces in HVAC systems to address microbial contamination and help control odors. Only solutions registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can be used. These products should only be considered after mechanical surface cleaning has been performed and if the need for such a treatment has been deemed necessary.
There are a few things that you can do to maintain the cleanliness and efficiency of your HVAC system:
■ Get a good filter. Ask your Superior Air Duct Cleaning technician for a recommendation.
■ Clean / change the filters as needed (at least every two months.)
■ Even with properly cleaning and changing quality filters, the HVAC system will still become dirty over time. Have your system inspected every two years to determine whether your system needs to be cleaned again.
Cost & Time Estimates
There are several factors that affect cost and time estimates: type of ductwork, size of system, system accessibility, the number of crew members, level of contamination, and even microbial factors. The national average for properly cleaning an HVAC system in an average-sized home may cost upward of four hundred fifty to one thousand US dollars according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
DRYER VENT CLEANING
According to the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Data Center, clothes dryers are responsible for approximately 15,600 structure fires around the country each year. Eighty percent of these fires start with clogged dryer vents, and result in 15 deaths and 400 injuries on average annually. Thousands of other home occupants are treated for symptoms of poisonous gas fumes that back up into the home due to blocked dryer vents.
Yes, cleaning the lint trap in your dryer is a good practice, but it's not enough to prevent a fire from sparking in your dryer vent. To keep your dryer efficient and safe, replace any vinyl or plastic flexible transition ducts between the dryer and the main vent (often located inside a wall) with a a semi-rigid metal transition duct, since plastic and vinyl transition ducts can catch fire, unlike the semi-rigid metal ducts.
Make sure the opening of the dryer vent pipe outside is free of any birds’ nests, bushes or other debris that accumulates over time.
When your dryer vent system can’t exhaust properly, it overheats and can threaten your home, health and safety. You can clean your dryer vent system yourself, but if you don't know how or want expert advice, a professional dryer vent cleaning service can clean and inspect your system to make sure it's safe, as well as answer your questions.
Do I Really Need Dryer Vent Cleaning?
Dryer vent cleaning prevents lint buildup and reduces fire hazard risk.
When to clean dryer vents.
While the buildup in a clothing dryer presents many dangers to homes and its occupants, there are ways to prevent many of these hazards from occurring.
Homeowners may notice certain signs that signal the dryer vent is blocked by debris and needs to be cleaned. They include:
Clothing does not dry completely after a normal drying cycle
A musty odor is noticed in the clothing following the drying cycle
Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after a complete drying cycle
The dryer vent hood flap does not properly open as it is designed to do during the operation of the dryer
More than a year has passed since the last dryer vent cleaning service
Debris is noticed within the outside dryer vent opening
Drying time for clothing takes longer than 35 to 40 minutes in duration
Excessive heat is noticed within the room in which the dryer is being operated
Large amounts of lint accumulate in the lint trap for the dryer during operation
A visible sign of lint and debris is noticed around the lint filter for the dryer
Excessive odor is noticed from dryer sheets that are used during the drying cycle
Scheduling a dryer vent cleaning
Dryer vents can be professionally cleaned by an HVAC specialist and there are companies that specialize in cleaning ductwork and dryer vents. These professionals have the tools and training and reach deep into the dryer vent and clean all debris build-up that occurs along the lining of the ventilation pipes.
During the process of cleaning the dryer vent the professional will first look for an outside dryer vent cap which can be removed. The technician will insert a long vacuum tube and snake brush into the ventilation pipe. The vacuum will be used to eradicate any loose debris within the venting pipe causing blockage.
More solid masses of debris that may be attached to the walls of the ventilation pipe will be scrapped away with the snake brush and then vacuumed out. Technicians will take special care in the elbows and bends throughout the dryer venting pipe as these are problematic areas that can quickly build up with lint and other debris. Ventilation pipes typically range from five feet to 40 feet in length, depending on where the appliance is located and an outside venting site is installed.
Premium dryer vent cleaning services also provide homeowners with diagnostic testing following the cleaning services. These tests provide results for the amount of pressure which is sent through the vent, the amount of gases that may escape into the home and any unwanted gaps within the ventilation pipe itself. Costs for the clothing dryer ventilation cleaning services will be varied based on the company, the specific length of the dryer venting system, the time required for proper cleaning and various cleaning packages selected.
Simple cleaners are no replacement for routine chimney maintenance. To guarantee the security and effectiveness of the true fireplace experience, it is highly recommended that you utilize the services of a competent cleaner. Your chimney requires routine care just like other areas of your home. We offer the chimney cleaning services needed to keep your system safe and working properly.
Clean & Sweep
Few things compare to the warmth and comfort of a fire blazing in your fireplace on a chilly winter's night. Without proper maintenance, your chimney fire can lead to problems and disasters.
Regular chimney cleaning and sweeping is a must to keep your wood-burning fireplace in proper condition, as well as to prevent devastating fires. Backed by more than three decades of experience, our pros can do the job right the first time.
WHAT IS A CHIMNEY SWEEP?
A chimney sweep is a worker who clears ash and soot from chimneys. The chimney uses the pressure difference caused by a hot column of gas to create a draught and draw air over the hot coals or wood enabling continued combustion. Chimneys may be straight or contain many changes of direction. During normal operation, a layer of creosote builds up on the inside of the chimney restricting the flow. The creosote can also catch fire, setting the chimney and the building alight. The chimney must be swept to remove the soot.
Multi-flue chimney caps sometimes require replacement if the cap is damaged or missing. You need to check to make sure the chimney cap is not too close to the top of the flue. Anything less then 4 inches of clearance would require replacement. If the chimney cap does not have a removable lid then you will need to replace the cap. IRC codes require the chimney to be accessible to cleaning.