4 Signs that your Air Ducts Need Cleaning

Air ducts play a crucial role in providing clean and fresh air in our homes and buildings. However, over time, air ducts can become clogged with dirt, dust, and other contaminants that can negatively impact indoor air quality. Regular air duct cleaning is essential to maintain the health and efficiency of your heating and cooling system, but how do you know when your air ducts need cleaning? In this blog, we will discuss some common signs that indicate it’s time for an air duct cleaning.

A. Dust and Debris Buildup

When it comes to air ducts, one of the most common signs of uncleanliness is the buildup of dust and other debris inside the ducts. If left uncleaned, this grime can cause serious health problems, as well as decrease your heating or cooling system’s efficiency. Additionally, if you open a vent, you may find mounds of dust and pet hair that not only clog but also impact your indoor air quality. This can be a sign that it’s time to consider professional cleaning of your air ducts so you can ensure a safe and healthy home environment.

B. Poor Indoor Air Quality

Poor indoor air quality can create a lot of health and safety concerns in your home. If you’ve noticed signs like dust particles, pet dander, or dirty HVAC registers, you may need to consider having your air ducts cleaned. Doing so can get rid of environmental allergens and other contaminants and drastically improve the air inside your home. Homeowners should always ensure that any professional providing air duct cleaning services is certified and has experience with this specific field of work. Investing in regular air duct cleaning will ultimately provide lasting benefits for you and your family by significantly increasing the quality of your indoor air.

C. Presence of Mold

Mold can be a major health hazard, and one of the clues that you may need air duct cleaning is its presence. In damp areas, or where there is insufficient circulation and ventilation, mold can quickly accumulate. It will often manifest as dark patches on walls, floors and air vents. If you do detect it in these places, it’s important to have your air ducts professionally cleaned to help eliminate the problem and reduce your chances of being exposed to any kind of toxic spores.

D. Increased Allergy Symptoms

Increased allergy symptoms are one of the clearest signs that you should get your air ducts cleaned. Even if you keep your home tidy and free of dust, things like household pets and outdoor allergens can still find their way into your air ducts, reducing air quality and making your allergies worse. Getting an air duct cleaning frequently can help reduce this issue, removing the dust, dirt and other irritants from the system so that your allergies will no longer be a problem. Don’t wait until your allergies have reached unbearable levels – take action now to get a cleaner, healthier home.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to call in a professional air duct cleaning service. They will have the tools and experience necessary to clean your ducts quickly and efficiently. Don’t wait until your HVAC system starts having problems – keep your air ducts clean and clear for optimal performance!


Coronavirus in the Workplace

Lightning Restoration continues to help everyone we can with discounted CoronaVirus treatments.  This past week, we received a call from a local plumbing company.  Two of their top staff members tested positive for Covid-19, so the entire company shut down and sent all staff members to be tested.  While waiting on results, the company contacted us to treat the office and work vehicles. 

Treatment after Coronavirus Exposure

Our 3-step treatment process brought the facility and the vehicles back to a safe working environment.  This process included:

  • Pre-cleaning all areas needing treatment
  • Commercial-grade disinfectant fogging treatment EPA-registered and certified to kill 99.99% of all bacteria and viruses, including CoronaVirus
  • Electrostatic application of ViroShield, which creates an ionic bonding with all hard surfaces protecting them from those same viruses and bacteria for a 3-month period

In addition, upon completion of the treatment, we sampled the surfaces. Our tests found the treated areas sanitized to a hospital-grade level.

We are happy to report that the rest of the staff tested negative for Covid-19. As a result, everyone returned to work immediately with the comfort of knowing that they were working in a safe conditions.  The two staff members that were affected are starting to feel better and are on their way to a full recovery.  They should return to work after their 14-day quarantine period.  We wish everyone in our community a safe and healthy year, as we come out of this crisis. 


How We Test Our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Sanitization Treatments

Let’s talk about the sanitization treatment process we’re using in our customers’ homes, offices, and businesses. More importantly, we’re going to talk about the testing we use during that process.

The most important part of this process is we can test to show that the sanitization we are performing is successful using an ATP meter. If you’re not familiar with ATP, it’s an energy molecule found in all living things, including bacteria and viruses. We take a swab sample before we actually do any kind of cleaning, and then we take another sample at the end after we’ve done the treatment. The premise behind this test is that we will show a significant drop in ATP and, thus, show significant drop in microbial contamination.

Let’s do this sanitization treatment right here on my desk

I work pretty long hours and eat at my desk pretty much every day, so I treat my desk and office regularly. In order to get a realistic view of normal levels of contaminations, we’re going to subject my desk to an everyday scenario. I just received a package. I’m going to rub it all over top of my desk. Then, we’re going to take a sample from there. This will be our beginning threshold.

So now we’re ready to actually do our tests. We’ll take our samples and see what kind of contaminants we have before the actual cleaning. Let’s look at the components of what we’re going to be dealing with.

  • then we have our actual swab samples that we’re going to take.

  • And on here, I have my disinfectant, an EPA registered and certified disinfectant that kills 99.99% of all viruses and bacteria.

We’ll do this treatment after we take the swab, and then we’ll take another swab sample at the end.

We’re going to swab a 4 x 4 square inch area of the desk. I’ll roll the swab over, take a good sample and place the swab back in the tube. There is a reagent in the top of this tube, so we’re going to snap off that plug and squeeze that down in with the plunger. After swishing the tube around for about five seconds, we’re going to drop it into the meter to see what kind of reading we get. This reading will take about 15 seconds.

That’s a pretty high reading

I’ll go over exactly what these readings mean in just a little bit, but Our reading is 316, which is pretty high. I’ll go over exactly what these readings mean, but for now, that’s our beginning threshold.

Now we’re going to treat the desk and do a post-test to see what we get after sanitization treatment. Treating a desk is pretty simple. I’m going to wash it over here, back and forth. We’ll let the material remain wet for a dwell time of about 10 minutes.

We let the disinfectant sit (or dwell) on the desk for 10 minutes. After this time, we’re ready to take our post sample to see what kind of reading we get after we’ve treated it. We will swab the same 4 x 4 inch area and get a good flex on the stem.

After returning the swab to its tube, we’ll release the reagent and plunger to see how successful our treatment is. When we’re performing these treatments in people’s homes, we’re doing a completely aerosolized treatment. So it’s going everywhere that air, the virus, or bacteria can go. In this localized case, we’re testing a small sample of this desktop, but any actual home or office that we treat will receive a complete envelope treatment, including the AC system as well.

Let’s see our final reading after sanitization treatment

We will wait 15 seconds again for the results of this second test to find out exactly where we are after sanitization treatment. Amazing, 2 is our final reading.

Before we get into the results of the test that we did on my desk, I want to first talk about what the test results mean. We mentioned already that we have a Hygiena meter which tests for ATP, an energy molecule found in viruses and all living things. This particular meter pushes light through the actual sample that is sent through it, and then it’s measured in RLUs, or relative light units. The higher the amount of RLUs in that actual swab sample, the higher the amount of microbial contaminants.

What’s a normal reading?

As you saw from our test, we started with an initial reading of over 300 RLUs. After finishing the sanitization treatment, we saw a reading of 2 RLUs. Let’s put those numbers into perspective and talk about what the standard readings are for different types of settings.

  • For an office or home setting, you generally want your RLUs to be at or below 50.
  • In the case of a doctor’s office or a hospital room, we’re looking for the RLUs to be less than 25.
  • In a surgical center, operating room, or a food prep area of a restaurant, you want those RLUs to be less than 10.

This is the same meter and test that’s used by the Department of Health to test all of those different areas. And I’m really excited about the process that we use here and the products that we’re using, because as you see, we got a reading of 2 RLUs. This is what you would expect your food to be prepared on. This is also a reading you’d expect in an operating room when having surgery done.

Let Lightning Restoration sanitize your home or office

We’re excited about the level of sanitization that we can bring to people’s homes and offices. And if you’re interested in this sanitization treatment, please give us a call. Our number is 855-850-LTNG. Thank you, and be safe and healthy.