Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned after the Flood?

Air Duct Cleaning After a Flood

If your home flooded, in addition to having demo, mold remediation by a licensed mold contractor, and rebuilding with a licensed contractor, you will want to consider having your ducts cleaned once your construction is 100% complete. Drywall installation and other construction will only contribute to the debris and contaminants in your air ducts, so you will want to wait until construction is finished.

When Should You Have Your Ducts Cleaned?

When Should You Have Your Ducts Cleaned

According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, strong consideration should be given to having your air ducts cleaned if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • You have a high volume of pets that shed frequently.
  • Prior to occupancy of a new home.
  • After damage to your HVAC system due to fire or flooding.
  • If you have someone who smokes indoors.
  • There is evidence of rodents and animal infestation of your ductwork.
  • If someone in your family suffers from asthma or allergies.

The Pros of Air Duct Cleaning

The most appealing argument that can be made for air duct cleaning is that cleaning your central air conditioning ductwork gives you peace of mind.  Think about it, you have no idea what is hidden in the depths of your AC ducts so it can be comforting to know that a professional has inspected them and taken a good look inside.   Here are some possible advantages to having your AC ducts cleaned:

  • Possible increased respiratory health due to less contaminants in your AC system.
  • Increased air conditioner efficiency due to increased air flow through your AC ducting.
  • Cleaning your ducts may fight mold growth.
  • Cleaning your ductwork may decrease offensive odors.

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