HVAC systems receive their fair share of maintenance and repair from time to time but the ducts carrying the air are not maintained like them. Like the HVAC systems, the ventilation ducts get clogged with dust, dirt, cobwebs, etc. when left unattended for a long time. Opting for a duct cleaning service amid this Covid-19 pandemic is another challenge in itself. This post will shed some light on how to prepare your home and yourself if you want to conduct a duct cleaning service.
Cover the flooring and the furniture
Duct cleaning generates a lot of dust and dirt in the air that slowly lodge into every exposed crevice. During Covid-19, it is imperative to avoid any physical contact of your belongings with another person, so covering your furniture and floors completely makes sense. Usually, the professionals would do it for you but your peace of mind and minimizing the risk of contamination, you do it yourself.
Keep the mask on at all times
It seems useless to even tell this one but please keep your face covered at all times with a genuine face mask. Avoid copying the chin mask habit and keep your face covered while interacting with the professionals. Also, restrict the entry of any professional who fails to comply with the basic Covid-19 precautions and report it to the concerned company.
Converse with the duct cleaning company
Before initiating a duct cleaning session, enquire the cleaning service about the precautions that they are taking to prevent the spread of Covid-19 while executing duct cleaning services at your residence. A few pointers to look for including a must-have PPE kit rule for all professionals, periodic temperature checks and usage of safety gear, sanitization of tools and surfaces, and not allowing even mildly sick employees to report for a duct cleaning appointment.
Separate sanitation facilities
Duct cleaning professionals have to put in long hours to make your ventilation spick and span. They will need to use the bathroom during these hours, so it is advisable to designate a separate washroom for the duct cleaning professionals. This way you can keep both your family and the professionals from cross-contamination and spread of the virus.
Clear out the space
Duct cleaning services require bigger space and make sure to clear out the area for the professionals. You can confine yourself in a separate room until the cleaning is complete or can even go out for a short drive to avoid contact with the cleaning service. You can enquire the duct cleaning service about their requirements and the area they need to work in without any disturbance. Make sure to list your concerns before booking the duct cleaning service.
These above mentioned precautions might seem a little excessive but must be strictly followed for the safety of your household and cleaning service as well. An adept duct cleaning service doesn’t take long but still can be there for a whole working day. So, plan and implement all these measures before they arrive.