Many folks think they don’t have to clean their ducts and vents since they dwell in mobile homes. Cleaning of these areas is quite essential regardless of the kind of home you are living in. This is to promote the efficiency of the air conditioners and other systems and to remove dust, which often causes you to sneeze and cough especially if you are allergic to them. Mobile home ducts and vents are very vulnerable to debris and dust because they are located in the floor. Moreover, the ducts are not properly sealed most of the times and anything from pet dander to insects can easily block them. It is professionally advisable to get the ducts and vents in your mobile home cleaned every 1 to 3 years.
Signs That Your Vents and Ducts Needs Cleaning
The obvious sign that should tell you that your vents and ducts require some inspection is when some of the air conditioners, dryers and other systems which utilizes ducts and vents to operate start underperforming. This is an indication that they are already clogged with dirt and debris.
When your kids and even you yourself start to sneeze and cough frequently, it is a sign that there is an allergen in the house. Probably it may be dust, which is harbored in the vents and ducts. This should prompt you to commence cleaning the system.
If you have not cleaned the vents/ducts for over 3 years, it is possible that a lot dirt has accumulated and sooner or later, your system will stop working. Therefore, clean up your vents and ducts if you haven’t done it for such long.
Some Tools used For Cleaning Ducts & Vents
The tools required for cleaning these places depends whether it is a DIY project or if you are hiring professionals. When you hire professionals, they will use special negative air machines (machines that suck debris and dust). For a DIY cleaning, you require hand gloves, rotory brush vacuum, rags/cloth, facemask, household cleaner, some sponges, lubricating oil, paper napkins and hot water.
Below are the various steps undertaken when cleaning dryer vents, wood stove vent pipes, air & heating ducts and vent covers plus floor registers.
Cleaning Dryer Vents
1. Unplug the dyer from the source of power and pull the dryer away from the wall.
2. Place old clothes or newspapers beneath the dryer vent to catch any dirt or debris. Then detach the dryer hose from the wall and insert a lint brush from the inside wall. When cleaning dryer vents use brushes with extendable handle.
3. Go outside to where the dyer vent is located and wear the sturdy cloves before removing the cover of the dryer vent aside. You might need a tool to detach the cover.
4. Inspect the vent cautiously before removing debris as it might be home for wasps or even bees.
5. After removing all the obstructions, insert the lint brush into the vent opening and move it side to side and around to remove any dust and lint. The shop vac can be used to vacuum the opening.
6. Lastly, wash the vent cover with water and dish soap while ensuring that the cover is completely obstructed. Reattach the vent and the hose (clean any dirt from behind the dryer) and put the all appliance back in place.
Cleaning Wood Stove Vent Pipes
1. First, you have to buy a stovepipe cleaning kit. It comprises of a chimney whip or a wire brush to scrape off ash and soot and the stove brush used to clean the interior of the stove.
2. Disassemble the both the connector pipe and the stovepipe from the stove according to the manufacturer’s manual.
3. Choose a well ventilated place outside where you will use to clean the pipe. Wear a facemask before commencing the cleaning process as the ash and soot are disbursed to air and it may be allergic to you.
4. Use the wire brush to remove any build up residue in the pipe. Continue pulling the brush until all the residue is removed though it may take a while. Repeat the process with the connector pipe.
5. Finally, reassemble the stovepipe and the connector pipe following manufacturer’s manual.
Cleaning Air and Heating Ducts
1. Begin by cleaning the air handler. This is the core of the all system and receives the air from one or more registers then heats/cools it before distributing all over the room via ducts. These ducts must be clean using specified methods by the manufacturer so that you get clean air in your mobile home.
2. Clean up the vent registers. These grills, which attach to the air duct openings, should be properly decontaminated after cleaning the air handler because it is the one, which lets out the air into the living space. Mostly it involves using a detergent and water.
3. Decontaminating and cleaning air ducts. To do this, you need a powerful air duct-cleaning machine. Attach one opening of the vent to the negative air machine while keeping the rest of the openings closed so that negative pressure is created.
4. The last step involves application of a deodorizer and soot sealer. One or more cleaning solutions are used to deodorize the system so that it removes fine particles, which are collected in crannies and nooks of the air ducts.
Cleaning Vent Covers and Floor Registers
1. To start cleaning vent covers and floor registers, remove them first by unscrewing the connections holding them. Then take them away to where you will clean them.
2. Wash the floor registers and vent covers with soapy water. Using a rack or cloth scrape the vents and surfaces of the covers to ensure that all the rust and dirt is removed.
3. Apply some rust proofing to the vent cover, which will help you in thoroughly cleaning the cover. Rub a rust prevention liquid over the covers and the floor registers using a cloth to ensure that all the rust particles are removed. Leave them to dry.
4. After drying up, return the floor registers and vent covers to their appropriate places.
With this various steps of cleaning up the vents and ducts in your home, your mobile home will be a haven of fresh air and sweet fragrance. After cleaning the ducts, you can then just sanitize the place so that no germs are left around the vents.