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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Two Situations Where Specialized Air Duct Cleaning Is Required

by Mike Brewer

Air conditioners and furnaces blow a lot of air through your air ducts, so it only makes sense to have them cleaned periodically. But there are certain situations where a regular air duct cleaning may not be enough to truly clean your ducts. If you have any of the following in your home, you should make sure to tell the air duct cleaning company before they come out. This way, they can come prepared to do a deep clean.

Older In-Floor Vents

Some older homes have a type of vent that can get very, very dirty. Recognizing this type of vent is easy enough if you know what you are looking for. Look along your floor and see if you can locate any large cutouts, probably that are flush with the level of the floor. Where modern air vents may be a foot long and six inches wide, at the most, these older floor vents can be two feet long and a foot wide. They are always covered with some sort of grill work to provide a walking surface.

This type of vent is a magnet for dirt and grime. The grill will brush dirt off of feet, and the way it sits in the floor allows all the dirt to drop directly in.

If these vents have not been cleaned in a while (some older houses can go for decades without a duct cleaning), then the cleaning company may need special tools to scrape up all the material accumulated in the vent. This is not something a simple vacuuming can take care of.

Tar From A Smoker In The Home

If you have smoked in your house for a number of years, or you have recently moved into a home that once housed a smoker, your vents could be coated with tar. You can usually tell this type of damage by looking at the walls and ceilings of the home, especially near where the wall meets the ceiling. Here, and at the upper edge of windows, you will see a sticky yellowish substance. Often it looks like it was dripping from somewhere above. If you try to wipe it off, you will discover how tacky and difficult to remove it is.

If the house was smoked in regularly, the inside of the vents and the duct work will need heavy scraping and cleaning to remove all of the accumulation. Again, it is not something that the basic air duct vacuuming will effectively clean.  

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