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Air Duct Inspections, another smart Environmental choice.
Duct cleaning has never been shown to actually prevent health problems. Neither do studies conclusively demonstrate that particle (e.g., dust) levels in homes increase because of dirty air ducts.
However, those prone to allergies, and air ducts with any of the conditions listed below are recommended to have the air ducts cleaned.
- There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. There are several important points to understand concerning mold detection in heating and cooling systems:
- Many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask the service provider to show you any mold they say exists.
- You should be aware that although a substance may look like mold, a positive determination of whether it is mold or not can be made only by an expert and requires laboratory analysis for confirmation.
- If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced.
- Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects).
- Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.
If any of the conditions identified above exists, it usually suggests one or more underlying causes. Prior to any cleaning, retrofitting, or replacing of your ducts, the cause or causes must be corrected or else the problem will likely recur.
Some research also suggests that cleaning heating and cooling system components (e.g., cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers) may improve the efficiency of your system, resulting in a longer operating life, as well as energy and maintenance cost savings.
Slab Leak Detection Services
Some leaks are easy to detect. Spraying water under your sink for example. Slab leaks are another story. These types of leaks occur underneath or within your home’s concrete slabs. They are particularly frustrating because they can be complicated to detect. Knowing what to look for can help you to get the issue addressed quickly, preventing significant damage.
Look at your Water Bill
When you have a leak, your water runs 24/7 instead of only when you turn it on. Since your water is running all of the time, your water bill is going to increase. A sudden spike in your water bill can indicate a leak. If you can’t find a leak within your home, it could be a slab leak.
Reduced Water Pressure
When you have any type of leak, including a slab leak, less water can run through your pipes. In addition to increasing your monthly water bill, if you suddenly notice a decrease in your water pressure when no other fixtures are being used at the same time, it could point to a slab leak.
Hot Spots on Your Floor
A majority of slab leaks, approximately 80%, occur in the hot water line. As the hot water leaks out into the ground, it eventually begins to heat the concrete near it. As the concrete warms, so does your flooring. These spots are generally easier to detect on hardwood, tile, and linoleum floors. If you do notice odd hot spots on your floor, it could be an indication that you have a leak in your hot water line.
Damaged or Wet Flooring
In many cases, water from a slab leak can’t go anywhere but up. As a result, the water will eventually reach your flooring. The exact damage will depend upon the type of flooring you have. If you have carpeting, you might notice that some areas of your carpet suddenly feel damp and look darker than other areas. With hardwood flooring, a slab leak can cause boards to warp.
An Unpleasant Odor
As water leaks up and into your floors, other issues may start to develop as well. The moisture from the water can allow fungi to begin growing in unseen areas. Some moisture maybe absorbed into the walls, which can then lead to fungal growth in the drywall. You may not see the growth, but your nose will certainly detect it. If you start to smell a musty odor coming from your floors or walls, it’s time to consider a slab leak.
You Hear the Sound of Running Water
If you hear the sound of running water even though there is no water on in your home -take a closer listen. Take some time to turn off all of the fixtures in your home, including your water heater. Head to the lowest level of your home and pay close attention to the floor. The sound of water flowing, even though all of your water is turned off, could indicate that you have a slab leak and that it’s time to call for slab leak detection services.
When a slab leak develops, water collects until it finds somewhere else to go. Slab leaks can present either outside or inside of the home. On the outside of your home, it may appear as if the water is pouring out from the slab foundation. If there’s no water source, such as a hose, nearby, the culprit could be a slab leak. On the inside of your home, you begin to notice water on the floor. Check nearby appliances. If the appliances are fine, it may be a leak in the slab.
Slab leaks can cause significant damage to your home. Moisture can cause fungal damage and health concerns. Repairing that damage caused by these leaks can get expensive. If you notice any of these symptoms of a slab leak, it’s essential that you get slab leak detection services as soon as possible.