Monthly Archives: March 2015
The “Mushroom Theory” and “Mutant Rabbits”
The mushroom theory usually compares the “essentials of mushroom growing” with how politicians treat you. Everyone knows that the best place to grow any type of mold, fungus, or bacteria is in a dark moist environment where it can feed on decaying organic matter. Amazingly, this is also pretty descriptive of the conditions inside ductwork located in a damp basement or crawl space. In most cases, unclean ductwork is a perfect place to start a little fungus farm.
Not only will dirty ductwork act as a breeding ground for unwanted bacteria and mold, it also acts as a gathering place for everything else that enters a home. Things like pesticides, lead, chemicals, and other such unhealthy particles. These unwanted substances enter the house through open windows, or are tracked in, and upon entering, bind with household dust. Unfortunately, once in the house and sucked into your ducts, nature has no way of dealing with these potential health time bombs. In fact, the pollution that gets trapped in your home today is 5 times that of outdoor levels. You need to picture all those soft, fluffy, little dust bunnies living in your ducts as having large claws and nasty teeth. Teeth that can really take a bite out of your family’s health if you don’t deal with them!
Can duct cleaning really solve all these problems? … To be continued ..
Maybe you just thought the cat ran away ….
This sounds extreme but you wouldn’t believe what we find in ductwork. I can’t say we’ve found anything as large as a cat, but we have seen everything else imaginable. Everything from long forgotten victims of De-Con to lost pet turtles that now only resemble small ashtrays.
You see, even though you’re the best housekeeper in the world, what about the person who lived in the house before you? Unless it’s a new house, you don’t know what stuff remains in the ductwork from previous owners. Stuff that depends entirely on what their hygiene, housecleaning, and smoking habits were (not to mention how they took care of their pets). In most cases it’s probably better that you don’t know.
You can be certain that if your furnace ductwork isn’t clean, you’re breathing air that passes through the accumulated dust and crud from everyone (and everything) that has ever lived there. I hope this unpleasant picture doesn’t make you swear off breathing completely – remember its still safe to exhale.
All is not lost though – This debris will be totally removed when you have your system cleaned!