What can you do when you keep getting an awful smell that seems to be coming from your vents?
There are many possibilities to the sources of the odor. It can be anything from a decomposed rodent to a possible mold growth in your ducts. Whichever way, this can be harmful to your health. According to the EPA, mold can be found any where that moisture presents itself. Breathing in contaminated air has a lot of adverse side effects. You need a professional! DUCTZ can help you identify the source of your odor coming from your ducts, and we can remove the source of the contamination.
Give us a call today so we can have you breathing right again.
Mold Remediation for Air Duct and HVAC Systems
Mold Remediation for HVAC systems should only be done by experienced contractors. If any part of the system is neglected, mold growth may remain in that area, and could potentially re-contaminate the entire system.
Equipment for Mold removal
Equipment used while remediating biological mold growth is as important as the procedures that need to be followed. All equipment must be HEPA (High-efficiency particulate air) filtered. This means the air filtered must remove 99.97% of all particles greater than 0.3 micrometer, which is much smaller than average mold spore. This assures any mold spores disturbed during the remediation will be captured in the equipment and will not be released back to indoor air.
NADCA equipment standard:
Vacuum collection device are used to create negative pressure within the HVAC system, in order to control the spread of contaminants during the cleaning process.
Biocide Chemical Free
DUCTZ does not use any chemicals that are biocides inside the duct system. We do not spray any chemicals and attempt to kill mold or any other biological growth. Proper remediation techniques is to remove the contamination from the system (source removal.) Then, depending on the type of duct work, a preventative product with anti-microbial could be used as an option to prevent future biological growth.
Surface Sealant, also referred to as Coating, Encapsulation, or Resurfacing of the duct board and air handler.
For duct board and air handler insulation we use a surface sealant such as Fiberlock 8000 or similar that seals the fibers in, covers the surface and makes it smooth and non-porous. It also contains an EPA-registered active ingredient to deter future fungal activity on or in the coating.
For nonporous surfaces like flex duct, metal duct work and on the air handler components, DUCTZ uses BBJ C1 antimicrobial. The product is applied through fogging on the duct work and air handler components. The product “controls and inhibits the growth of microorganisms- such as gram positive and gram negative bacteria, and mold- that forms on the air ducts, cooling coils and other working parts of the system.”
Duct Odor Removal
Wikipedia states that most scents or odors are of VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds). VOC's are released as gases from certain solids or liquid particles. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Proper cleaning of the ducts and the a/c system will remove these VOC producing particles from the system. Removed particles will be captured in our collection units and will be removed from the occupied indoor space.
BBJ Fresh Duct Odor Eliminator
DUCTZ also uses a special chemical called BBJ Fresh Duct Odor Eliminator that controls odors without using perfumes or oils that may add to indoor air pollution. It infiltrates and neutralizes odors at the source. FreshDuct contains BBJ EnviroGard™, “an encapsulation control agent that controls odors by both encapsulating and breaking down odor molecules, while time releasing a fresh fragrance. The product is formulated with non-toxic and readily biodegradable ingredients meaning there is no need to evacuate the premises during application. This product is specially formulated to eliminate smoke, pet, human, cooking, spoilage, musty and other foul odors from the duct system.” Odor eliminator is applied after the cleaning is finished, by using a fogging device while the system is under negative pressure.