HVAC Air Ducts: Creating a Clean Air Environment
HVAC air ducts are a common breading ground for dust, debris and even rodents! During a recent job, Ben Fetzer, and his crew discovered a major indoor air quality concern with a newly renovated Mission Hills home. The homeowner called us out because her husband had been dealing with health problems since moving into the newly renovated luxury home a year and a half ago. There are many differing opinions among mold contractors. In this customer’s situation, the problem was that the majority of the damage was hidden and not seen to the common person. One mold contractor even told the homeowner to not do anything. Another mold expert advise to do an extensive tear out. When Ben approached the job he knew he was dealing with two different extremes and rather took a mid-level approach. The customer ended up being really glad she went with him. During the job, Ben and his crew found extensive mold damage and air quality issues within their luxury home. One of main air quality concerns with the home was the lack of HVAC vent lines in the basement. The vent lines were literal drywall screwed to the bottom of the floor joist trapping large amounts of moisture, mold and dust. With such a beautifully renovated luxury home, like Mission Hills, it was shocking to see such inferior work covered up and creating such poor indoor air quality. The video below shows Ben discussing the cleaning and sealing that was done so that new sheet metal HVAC lines could be installed improving the customer’s indoor air quality throughout their entire home.
Posted by Ben Fetzer on Thursday, September 27, 2018
About The Mold Expert – Ben Fetzer
Ben Fetzer, is the founder and owner of FreshStart Restoration of Kansas City. He is passionate about informing and educating you the customer. By providing you with insider industry information, he empowers you with knowledge and tools to properly compare companies and spot unethical sales practices. Which unfortunately is far too common in the mold remediation industry. In this video, he will share stories, tips, and insider industry information to help you make the right decision for your mold problem! Ben is an experienced mold expert with over 13 years in the industry! He has received official training and certifications from the IICRC, ICRA, and NORMI for mold removal, mold testing, mold inspections, indoor air quality, and water damage restoration. His history of high integrity and honesty has made him a leader in the mold remediation industry with award-winning customer service! Providing customers an outstanding customer experience has produced a consistent history of 5-Star customer ratings since the company began in 2008!
Video Transcription of HVAC Lines Upgrade for Clean Air
Hey everybody. Ben Fetzer with Fresh Start Restoration. Wanted to do a quick video with one little particular point of discussion, that is HVAC returns. This is a residential application. we’ve had mold in a basement and we’ve taken out all the mold. The customer is actually installing brand new HVAC systems, as we speak. Prior to them applying their steel, they’re going to nail a flat piece of steel sheet metal against the bottom of this floor joist. That’s a common practice in residential HVAC applications. This is an air return or a cold air return. but before they did that, I wanted to go ahead and coat all of this wood. That would be sub-floor plank and floor joist. I put a HVAC approved coating, which in this case is IQ 8,000. That’s the white. You can get it white or black, but we’ve just sprayed it on there.
You can see that it is going to be connected to this long, this is actually an old piece of aluminum, but that piece of metal right there is going to be the air return that feeds the system. And that system will be servicing the basement and the floor right above the main level. So, just something to think about when you have these cavities. It’s awesome if you can run a solid steel line all the way to your system for your cold air returns. But if that’s not practical, it does make sense to coat the wood with HVAC approved coating. So, I’ve gotten several areas here. I’ll walk over to another one. This is another one here that actually goes up a wall and we’ve put our machine in there and sprayed up in that wall cavity and it comes over to this section of metal which is then fed over to the main systems.
So there’s two more on the other side of the basement. But I wanted to at least give you the idea of what this is all about. This ceiling has already been coated with a clear antimicrobial coating. So this wood, all the way across the basement, has been HEPA vacuumed. And has been cleaned and now it’s been coated with an antimicrobial coating throughout, and HVAC approved coating in the air returns. So this customer is going to get the absolute cleanest air, that you possibly can get. They’ve got a nice air filtration system they’re putting on their new units and a major upgrade. This had actually the old cardboard material that was stapled to the bottom of the joist and that created their return. That’s from the fifties, a full of dust. We pulled that down, threw it away, and then did all the cleaning. So thanks for watching! Ben Fetzer, Fresh Start Restoration or moldkansascity.com