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Fire/Water/Mold Restoration Contractors and Air Duct Cleaning

Posted by Peter Haugen on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

power brushing contact vacuuming coating ductwork

Many Restoration Contractors are looking for ways to expand and grow their business.  It makes sense to consider a service that has good long term potential, a service that compliments your existing services, a service that is not difficult to enter and a service that offers good profitability.  Air duct cleaning is just such a service. 

 The concern and need for good indoor air quality and better energy efficiency will probably never go away so the market for air duct cleaning should remain strong for a long time.  Air duct cleaning is a good way to expand your business and get benefits like:

  • Excellent gross margins (40% to 60%)
  • Significant add-on revenues with existing customers.
  • Ability to attract new customers.
  • More diversification can help during challenging economic conditions
  • Eliminating scheduling and quality issues sometimes associated with subcontracting this serve to someone else.
  • Easy integration with you existing business systems (estimating, marketing accounting etc).

There are many questions Restoration contractors have regarding air duct cleaning.  Some of these are:

What is Air Duct Cleaning?

Air duct cleaning is more than cleaning air ducts.  A more appropriate term to use would be “HVAC system cleaning.”  The HVAC system includes everything in the air stream.  The goal is to remove all of the accumulated dirt, debris and other contamination found in the system.  This is called source removal.

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) has developed a list of basic cleaning tasks for residential air duct cleaning.  This list includes the following activities:

  • Visual inspection before and after cleaning.
  • Remove, clean and replace supply registers and return grilles.
  • Clean supply ductwork and plenum.
  • Clean return ductwork and plenum.
  • Install access openings as needed and reseal after cleaning.
  • Clean blower motor and assembly.
  • Clean air steam side of heat exchanger.
  • Clean secondary heat exchanger.
  • Clean evaporator coil and drain pan.
  • Wash air cleaner.
  • Replace air filter.
  • Many times coating the ductwork is also part of the project especisly after a fire or mold contamination.

In addition many Contractors also offer:

  • System sanitizing.
  • Dryer vent cleaning.
  • Installation of UV lights

What equipment is needed?

In generic terms a typical equipment package to inspect, clean and decontaminate HVAC
systems will include:

  • Vacuum collection system
  • Agitation/cleaning tools 
    • Power brushing system(s)
    • Air whip system(s)
    • Air washing tools
  • Air compressor
  • HEPA filtered wet/dry vacuum
  • Duct accessing tools and service panels 
  • Visual inspection system or digital camera
  • Sanitizer and fogger, coil cleaner, etc.
  • Equipment for applying coating and sanitizers
    • Cart or robotic spray system
    • Airless sprayer
  • Personnel safety equipment
  • Miscellaneous items (hand tools, ladders, drop cloths, etc.)
  • Plus, you may need a truck or trailer to transport the equipment

What does it cost to get into air duct cleaning?

The cost to get into air duct cleaning will be determined by the type of air duct cleaning you want to offer (residential or commercial or both), the type of equipment you select and the level of cleaning and services you want to offer.  For residential air duct cleaning costs start
at $5,700 for a basic package and for commercial air duct cleaning costs start at $10,000 for a basic package.  Additionally, basic equipment for coating ductwork would be $2,500.  Equipment suppliers can typically give you several options to choose from that will best fit your needs and budget.


Air duct cleaning offers many benefits to the Fire/Water/ Mold Restoration Contractor
that can help to expand and strengthen their business plus it is a relatively
easy add-on to your existing business.   For more information request our Blueprint for Success “Introduction to Residential Air Duct Cleaning Guide” and/or our “Introduction to Commercial Air Duct Cleaning Guide” from Peter Haugen at phaugen@vacsysint.com or 855-Vac-Systems or 952-808-1619 or at www.vacsysint.com.    


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