cleaning duct work


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Old 07-05-05, 09:48 PM
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cleaning duct work

Hello, I'm looking for info on how to clean my ducts. I'm not sure if I really need to it, is it common to clean ducts? We've owned the house for about 8 years now and I'm not sure if the original (& only other) owners smoked. I'm just taken some precautionary measures because my "little guy" who is 4 years old sometimes has coughing fits in the middle of the night even without having a cold. The doctor says its asthma but he never coughs at his grandparents, our camper or at his aunts, where he has been for the last week. I think there may be something in his old shag carpet in his bedroom that is giving him these fits. So today I tore out the carpet and am putting in wood flooring and I'm also in the process of inquiring about where to get ahold of some of that puraclean stuff for the filters. If it was simple to get a pro to clean my ducts I would but we live about 1.5 hours from the nearest city. Now that you know my story is cleaning ducts a job that any individual can take on or is it strictly for the pros.
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Old 07-07-05, 03:15 PM
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Duct Cleaning

The only duct material which can be effectively cleaned is metal. Anything else has to be replaced.
 
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my ducts are metal.
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Old 07-08-05, 05:29 PM
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You can clean metal ducts but it does involve a lot of work. It would involve taking at least the ends of the branch ducts off of the trunk & pulling a brush or wad of rags thru the branches & sucking out any loose dust. Cleaning the main trunk(s) without a duct cleaning machine would mean taking at least part of the duct apart. It is no easy task & not a one person job. Not trying to burst your bubble, just prepare you for what's in store if you want to try it.
 
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Thanks Grady for the heads up. I think I'll leave it as a last resort. By the way I know how to fish!
Thanks once again.
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Old 07-10-05, 06:29 PM
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That really is a job best left to professionals. They have equipment where they can cut a hole about 6 inches square & do a good job. Go catch 'em.
 
 

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