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This particular air duct cleaning in Potomac Maryland will remain in my memory for several years. I can still smell and taste... yes taste what happened that day, and I can't imagine how the homeowner felt when she was enlightened as to what was creeping around.

This was a morning air duct cleaning call, and me and my co worker Joe had arrived early. As we arrived we started to prep our equipment before we knocked on the homeowners door. Just getting things cleaned up. Shining our equipment and shaking out drop cloths.

This was a gorgeous day, and we didn't mind spending some extra time outside. The landscaping of the home was very nicely done and they had a hidden pool that was amazing. You couldn't see the pool until you entered the older home. This home had a cozy feel and it also had immense rooms for entertainment. It was a really neat house.

The immense great rooms were obviously for entertainment and were additions to the home. To get to the air ducts on this addition we had to enter through a crawlspace outside. The crawlspace door was next to the pool and the pool pump was leaking a little. It made the area a little wet. As I cracked open the crawlspace access the smell of ammonia just about knocked me over. I'm not kidding, it was so seriously strong that it made my eyes water within seconds. I immediately had my suspicions as to why that smell was there, but I needed to get a respirator before I could even enter.

In the meantime, Joe was setting up to clean the upstairs unit. In multiple zone homes, each man would start on a separate unit. I took the downstairs because I had the industrial sized vacuum and Joe took the upstairs. We both had years of experience so it made the job go by quicker for the homeowner. I met Joe outside as he was about to fire up the compressor. Joe saw me carrying the respirator and asked what was going on. I just handed him the spare respirator and said "You're going to have to see it for yourself."

I took a spare drop light because I know what these critters will do when the light goes out. We put on our respirators and goggles and proceeded to enter the crawlspace. I went first, and army crawled my way far enough in so Joe could get entry. I could clearly see the trunk line that I needed to access to clean the air ducts, but that's not all I saw. Joe and I both looked at each other in amazement as we witnessed one of the worst rat infestations that we have seen. There were hundreds of rats trying to hide on the edges of the foundation and several dead carcasses strewn among the dirt.

The homeowner had no idea. We had to call an exterminator before we could finish the lower zone of the home, but that day will remain in my mind for a long long time. It was by far the worst rat infestation I have witnessed and one of the most difficult air duct cleaning jobs in Potomac that I've had to do.


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