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Maryland's Commercial Indoor Air Pollution Vs Residential
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Maryland\'s Commercial Indoor Air Pollution Vs Residential

Even though the principles are the same, residential and commercial air duct cleaning are completely different. It's not just the HVAC equipment or the air duct structure. It's not dealing with a business owner instead of a homeowner. Commercial air duct cleaning is a whole different experience.

I've seen equally dirty air ducts in both commercial buildings and homes. The debris, which is typically 70% skin cells, applies to both. The real difference is the customers needs. In commercial work you're more likely to run into poisonous particulate. Asbestos is just one, another common one I run into is lead. For whatever reason, commercial jobs have a more hazardous indoor air quality.

A great example would be a wholesale food warehouse that I cleaned a few years back. The distributor was getting thick white dust every morning on the new shipments. Even though the food was sealed, it was annoying him. He had to dust everything before packing and distributing to high end restaurants.

You can imagine how annoying that must have been, not to mention the extra workload. Upon inspection, I found a break in his intake. The separated duct was located in a void above the office space. The previous leasor, of the warehouse, was a corian fabricator. They made counter tops out of corian slabs. The dust had settled in this void above the offices. We pulled out over 20lbs of white corian dust.

After removing the dust and sealing the intake, the problem was solved. This is just one example where the particulate was very visible. Now think of how many scenarios there are across the US where you can't clearly see what's being sucked up and thrown about the workspace. Asbestos banding is another common problem and I've seen it on some residential homes too. The banding is what attaches the plenum to the HVAC unit. Since all HVAC installations are custom sheet metal, the banding makes attachment easier. Asbestos was a commonly used material. At the time there wasn't an understanding of it's danger.

I can go on and on about hazardous materials I've encountered in hidden areas. Areas that time seems to have been forgotten. Dark unseen areas that are out of sight and out of mind. Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there. The corian dust mystery was very visible, but imagine a finer particulate that's hazardous that you can't see. Hazardous unseen scenarios happen all the time. It should be mandatory that occupied buildings get an air monitoring test. You can't put a price on your lungs, and by the time it gets to attorneys our loved ones are already harmed. A simple air test by a third party would validate commercial air duct cleaning all throughout the U.S.


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