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Water Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville Non-weather-related damage is the most common type of water damage in the home, caused by plumbing or appliance issues.

There’s no way around it. We need water for life, but one thing we don’t need it to do is cause damage to our home and property.

Did you know that there are many things that cause the different kinds of water damage?

Causes of Water Damage

For the period covering 2009 to 2015, The Travelers Companies Inc. reported that there were five common causes for filing homeowners insurance claims. They were:

  • Exterior wind damage
  • Non-weather-related water damage
  • Hail
  • Weather-related water damage
  • Theft

Water damage claims two spaces on the list, which means it’s a common occurrence. It’s best to look at water damage as weather-related and non-weather-related.

Non-weather-related damage is the most common type of water damage in the home, caused by plumbing or appliance issues. Causing just as much damage but not as common is weather-related water damage, which is often caused by rain and snow.

In the home, the top five causes of water damage are plumbing issues, appliance malfunctions, bursting water pipes, aging water heaters and bad weather.

How to Keep Your Home Dry

The price of water damage may be high, but just think how it could hit your wallet if you did not have sufficient coverage in your homeowners insurance plan. Generally, the following damages are covered by a standard policy:

  • Damages caused by the weight of ice, snow or sleet
  • Discharge and overflow of water, including accidental
  • Rupturing pipes for a steam or boiler heat system
  • Frozen plumbing and pipes

While water damage can be daunting, there are ways to help eliminate certain water-related issues.

You can use these proactive preventive maintenance suggestions as a guide to help keep your home high and dry:

  • Applying water sensors and automatic shut-off valves
  • Installing metal mesh connection hoses on the washer and dryer
  • Keeping gutters and downspouts free of debris
  • Ridding the hot water tank of buildup by flushing it every six months
  • Keeping grease out the kitchen sink and drain

By utilizing these tips, you can make sure you are working to avoid some costly water damage in the future.

Water damage can be a nightmare to deal with, but fortunately, you will always have SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville on your side to help with the cleanup and restoration process.

Cleaning Up After a Commercial Fire | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning Up After a Commercial Fire | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville Having a professional thoroughly clean after a fire prevents the risk of additional damage

Experiencing a fire in your commercial building cannot only negatively affect profit margins, but also have a detrimental effect on your property, personal belongings and health. The smoke and water that is produced during your fire can be dangerous if not cleaned and restored by professionals. At SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville, we take the time to properly restore and clean your commercial building safely and effectively, getting you and your business on the road to recovery.

Commercial Fire Damage and Restoration Services

The damaging effects of a fire are caused by more than flames. At SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville, we understand the complexities of properly restoring and cleaning the damage caused by smoke and soot damage.

Fire damage restoration and smoke removal is a complex task that should only be performed by a professional. Our team has been certified and trained in the proper cleaning and removal of materials that may be hazardous to your health, including glue, solvents, and construction materials that, when burned, can release toxic gases. To protect your commercial building and yourself, you can rely on our tips and the fire damage experts at SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville.

The moments after your fire are the most crucial, call or contact us today. We never close; our certified, middle Tennessee fire damage restoration team is available 24/7.

If not cleaned correctly, smoke damage can have an impact not only on the well-being of your property, but it can also have an adverse effect on your health. Our experienced team effectively removes and cleans the soot from your commercial building or office utilizing the following services:

  • Damage Assessment:By assessing the soot damage in your commercial building or office we prevent additional destruction. Our trained professionals will also evaluate your items to determine which can be restored or refurbished, saving you money on costly replacements. Once we have done a complete assessment, we can determine the best cleaning and deodorizing plan to get your property restored.
  • Thorough Cleaning Services:With the proper tools and experience, we safely remove the soot damage from your walls, curtains, belongings, furniture, and more. Having a professional thoroughly clean after a fire reduces the dangers to your health and prevents the risk of additional damage.
  • Deodorization and Odor Removal: Soot damage after a fire can lead to a strong odor permeating your commercial building or office. At SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville, our certified technicians provide you with experienced deodorization services to remove the smell that lingers after soot has settled on your property.

If you’ve experienced fire or smoke damage, SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is here to help. Our fully trained water remediation technicians will be there for you when you call.

The Do's and Do Not's of Grilling | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Do's and Do Not's of Grilling  | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville Grease is a major source of flare ups, so be sure to clean your grill between uses.

A summertime backyard barbecue is a great way for your family and friends to enjoy outdoor cooking. But according to the US Fire Administration, barbecue fires severely injure about 6,500 people each year, and cause over $27 million in property damage.

Highlighted below are key safety tips of our DO’s and DON’T’s.

DO:

Give yourself plenty of room.  First things first, keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home, including carports, garages and porches. Fire could flare up into the structure above so grills should not be used underneath any type of roof or over-hanging, especially wooden ones.

Clean your grill regularly.  Grease is a major source of flare ups. Every so often take a good brush to the grill and scrub. Grease and fat to build up on your grill provide more fuel for a fire.

Make sure no gas is leaking. An easy way to check is to make a soapy solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rub it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.

No decorations near the grillDecorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas may look nice, but most of these items are made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot. Make this rule an important.

Keep a spray bottle handy. Fill up a generic spray bottle full of water. That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!

Fire extinguishers for the win. Most people never think to have one handy, but it could be the best thing to have in an emergency fire. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 9-1-1.

DON'T:

NEVER turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. When you light the grill with the lid closed it causes gas to build up inside your grill. And when you open the lid a fireball can explode in your face.

Leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Before turning on your grill chop veggies, apply seasoning, bring out all your utensils, grab a cold drink… in other words, plan ahead so that and you can focus on grilling.

Don’t overfill your grill with food. Overloading the grill with fatty meats could mean a grease fire. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.

Don’t grill indoors.People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, your family and pets.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, know that SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville hits all the above qualifications and more. Contact us today to learn how we’re able to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Summer Storms May Cause Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Summer Storms May Cause Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville Tennessee is known for popup rain showers and unexpected thunderstorms

Summertime in Tennessee is known for popup rain showers and unexpected thunderstorms. We all have to be aware of the dangers of heavy rain, such as flash floods. Each year, around 16 million thunderstorms occur around the world. Of those, 100,000 of them occur in the United States—and 10% of those are considered severe.

Storms in the summer are not an unusual phenomenon, but there also comes a chance for flooding caused by passing thunderstorms. SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible.  When a major flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

Flooding and Other Damages

South gets more precipitation than drizzly Seattle, where raingauges collect a mere 37 inches a year. Nashville soaks up 47 inches on average, according to U.S. climate data. Which means that there are many homes effected by flooding.

Hail can prove quite costly, with the NOAA estimating the damage costs reaching $1 billion per year.

Tornadoes are extremely destructive, and they can have wind speeds reaching upward of 200 mph in the worst of occurrences. Even if there isn’t a tornado, there could be significant wind.

Wind speeds with gusts can exceed 57.5 mph during a severe thunderstorm, which is more than enough to cause damage to your property Even the seemingly harmless items in your yard can turn into dangerous projectiles like tree branches. 

If a thunderstorm has resulted in water damage to your home or business, know that the team at SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is available 247 to help with cleanup and restoration.

What Property Owners Need to Know about Mold | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial What Property Owners Need to Know about Mold | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville Don’t rely on retail products, such as bleaches that promise to kill mold, especially on porous surfaces.

There are many things a property owner or manager has to take care of, and one of those many things is the constant maintenance of the units. Unfortunately, there could be something inhabiting your rental property other than just the current tenants. In fact, it could be an uninvited guest. Yes, you’ve guessed it… MOLD.

If you have a small mold problem, there are household products to remove it from hard surfaces that you or your head of maintenance try using first.  Porous surfaces and large growth, however, mean you need to involve a mold remediation professional, such as SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville.  When household products are not doing the job properly then call a mold remediation professional that has access to EPA-registered antimicrobial coating after cleaning the surface is the next step. Antimicrobial coating does not only kill the mold colony, but also helps to prevent future growth.

The best defenses against mold are to take away its food source, ensure adequate airflow, and reduce moisture in the air.

  • Don’t rely on retail products, such as bleaches that promise to kill mold, especially on porous surfaces.
  • Vacuum vents every month to remove dust, a primary food source for mold.
  • If you see mold in an area, do not “just” use a fan to dry it out.  Call a professional, as you will likely spread mold spores and create the potential for even more damage.
  • To reduce moisture and control ventilation in the bathroom, run an exhaust fan during a shower or open the door and windows in the bathroom after using it.

The only way to remediate mold safely — and to be sure you’re protecting your property and health from additional risk — is to have trained professionals physically remove it from the affected area.

Ventilation of the home is a crucial way to protect your home from mold. Exchanging room air for outside air can go a long way towards preventing the problem. Basements and bathrooms are the rooms where mold is most likely to be present due to the lack of air flow typically in these rooms. Opening the windows, keeping a dehumidifier in the basement area, and turning on ceiling fans could keep your home aired out enough to help prevent spore growth.

If there has been water damage of any kind. First, make sure the leak is fixed.  Then, dry out the area. The sooner the BETTER! It’s a common misconception that mold is slow-growing and will take a very long time to affect surrounding materials. This is untrue. Mold can start growing and spreading very quickly if the conditions are right (dark, moist, enclosed areas).

Keeping your tenants or guests unexposed to mold is necessity to have a successful rental property or hotel. If your home has experienced water damage you could have mold growing as well. We want you to know that SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Your Family Should Prepare for Fires Together | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Family Should Prepare for Fires Together | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville Mistakes can happen while cooking, and that’s why being prepared is key.

Being prepared is the best way to protect your family from a fire. Knowing the rules of fire prevention can save lives. Mistakes can happen while cooking, and that’s why being prepared is key. Protecting your kitchen fire, especially young children living in the home, by teaching about kitchen fire safety and putting safety plans into place is always a great idea.

If you can extinguish the fire before it gets out-of-hand, that would be best to limit the amount of damage in your home. Be prepared to think quickly and determine if the fire can be put out without risk of injury or endangering any of your family members. Always put safety first.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 1,450 fire deaths occur every year in homes with missing or non-functioning smoke alarm. Having smoke alarms may be the most important thing you can do to keep your family safe. Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present. The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

Here are some tips for keeping your family safe.

Kitchen Appliances

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States. A fire can start from:

  • food left unsupervised on a stove or in an oven or microwave 
  • grease spills
  • a dish towel too close to a burner
  • a toaster or toaster oven flare-up 
  • a coffee pot accidentally left on

Tips for using the stove:

  • Always supervise kids while cooking.
  • Turn all pot handles in so they can't be knocked over.
  • Don't wear loose-fitting clothing that could catch fire around the stove.

Smoke Alarms

Tips for using smoke alarms:

  • Install them on every level of your home and in each bedroom.
  • If possible, choose alarms with a 10-year lithium battery.
  • If your smoke alarm uses regular batteries, remember to replace them every year.
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly, and be sure your kids are familiar with the sound of the alarm.
  • Because smoke rises, smoke detectors should always be placed on ceilings or high on walls.
  • If a smoke detector near the kitchen goes off while you're cooking, don't take the battery out of it — you may forget to replace it. Open the doors and windows instead.
  • If you're having a new home built or remodeling an older home, you may want to consider adding a home sprinkler system. These are already found in many apartment buildings and dorms.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, know that SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville hits all the above qualifications and more. Contact us today to learn how we’re able to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Tips for Homeowners to Lessen Flood Damage | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Tips for Homeowners to Lessen Flood Damage | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville It is important to understand what to do should a flood occur, even if your home is not in a low-lying area.

The unfortunate truth about homeownership is that you must be prepared for disasters you might not even know you are at risk for. Even for homes that are not in low-lying areas, it is important to understand what to do should a flood occur.

With about natural disasters involving flooding about 90% of the time, it is important knowledge regardless of location.

Protecting Your Home From a Flood

While there are no measures you can take to prevent a flood, there are steps homeowners can take to prevent the extensive damage a flood may cause:

Know your risk. Consult with the local branch of emergency management personnel to understand your area’s evacuation procedures, and make use of the FEMA Flood Map Tool to review historic flood data in your area.

Discuss emergency procedures. Make sure each family member is aware of what to do should evacuation be imminent, and ensure they can locate all emergency supplies within the household.

Raise hazardous materials. The substances that can spill into flood water can cause pollution and create toxic water or even fire hazards. Put things like oil or paint on a high shelf so they are not pulled in to the current.

Turn off electricity. Use your breaker box to shut off power in any room that might be at risk for flooding, even if you don’t think the water is likely to get very high. Currents can carry for a variety of reasons so it is better to be prepared.

Prepare appliances. In the case of a shallow flood, appliances such as washers and dryers can be elevated on bricks or stands to protect the internal workings from water damage.

By planning ahead, homeowners can keep their family safe and lessen the damage water would cause in their home following a flood. These simple precautions can ensure a safer scenario for your loved ones and your home.

If you’ve experienced water damage due to a flood or other causes, SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is here to help. Our fully trained water remediation technicians will be there for you when you call.

5 Ways to Prepare Your Business for a Flood | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 5 Ways to Prepare Your Business for a Flood | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville If your business has been affected by a flood or storm damage, know that SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is here for you.

When the forecast is calling for torrential downpours for Madison / Goodlettsville the good news is you don’t have to wait like a sitting duck. There are plenty of things you can do to prevent flood damage before the first drop hits the ground.

Sewage buildup, leakage, and storm damage can ruin buildings and destroy Madison / Goodlettsville businesses. It’s important to be ready in the event of a flood so that your business can minimize the cost of restoration and repair. If you are preparing for a storm, here are four things you can do.

Furniture and Electronics: Move to Higher Ground  

This is a simple concept, however, putting expensive electronics and furniture in an area that won’t be effected if the floor gets wet may save you thousands of dollars. You can reduce the risk of damage to your building by moving any furniture and utilities to a higher level. Items such as computers, important documents, and machinery should be moved up to a floor that is less likely to receive damage.

Important Data: Always have a Back Up

Storms can cause power outages; sometimes that causes problems with data being lost. If you are concerned about important documents being wiped out in a storm, try to back up all important data needed for the business so that you don’t lose anything that is vital to your company’s success. This could prevent a major headache and a lot of time trying to recover data. Again, moving servers and paper copies of documents to higher ground could save you in the long run.

Insurance: Manage Your Policy

Standard insurance policies don’t normally cover flooding, so consider additional coverage if the risk of flooding and water damage is high. Consider the property’s location and amount of average precipitation you get in your area. These factors may convince you to opt for additional coverage. Flood insurance is a special policy that is federally backed by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and available for homeowners, renters and businesses.

Evacuation Plan: Get Out Before the Rain Starts

Evacuate the building before there is any sign of floodwater. Make sure your workers are trained beforehand so that they know how to escape the building. They need to know how to get themselves and customers to a safe, dry place. Keeping everyone safe is a top priority in the event of a flood, and by having an evacuation plan, you can prevent chaos and confusion from erupting.

Gutters and Storm Drains: Keep Them Clear

You can keep the storm damage to a minimum by cleaning your gutters and drains. These structures are made to direct water away from the weakest parts of your building. If gutters get clogged, the water can overflow and lead to more destruction.

There are many things you can do to prevent flooding and minimize water damage. By taking these precautions, you can ensure the safety of your employees as well as the preservation of your property and data.

If your business has been affected by a flood or storm damage, know that SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is here for you. Contact us today to learn how we’re able to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Businesses Should Prepare for Fires | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Businesses Should Prepare for Fires | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville Fires can be devastating to any business. Be prepared so you know just what to do.

Businesses spend a lot of money and time towards many safety topics to help protect the work place. You can teach electrical fire safety at your place of business and put them practice, however accidents can still happen. When an electrical fire first ignites it can start small enough that you can extinguish with a blanket or a fire extinguisher. Be prepared and quick to determine if the fire you are dealing with is able to be put out quickly without risk of injury or damage. Remember that employee safety always comes first. If the fire is spreading quickly it can produces dangerous amounts of smoke it’s important to know smoke inhalation can be fatal. Smoke inhalation is the cause of death in home fires than the actual fire. Not to mention, smoke causes just as much damage to the business as the fire itself. Fire fighters say that if you cannot extinguish a fire within five seconds, call 911 and get out of the work place immediately. Be sure to have an updated evacuation place in place for all employees to follow. After the fire is put out and everyone is accounted for and safe, you can always count on your friendly neighborhood experts at SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville to help you put your life back together.

Here are the requirements to know as a business owner that the fire marshal will check during an inspection:

Checklist Item #1: Clear Paths of Egress

Having multiple exits in the event of a fire will increase the likelihood that everyone is able to get out safely, and it is required by fire code. Yet, if your staff or customers can't reach these exits or open them once they do, they are of little value. So, make sure they are not obstructed in any way.

Checklist Item #2: Emergency Exit Lights
Not only are all paths of egress required to be unobstructed, they must be clearly marked as well. In the event of a fire, your facility may lose power or visibility may be severely reduced due to heavy smoke. For these reasons, all exit signs should have backup batteries, so they will still be clearly illuminated for a minimum of 90 minutes in the event of a fire or power outage. 

Checklist Item #3: Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are crucial in stopping a small fire before it grows larger, avoiding widespread damage to your business and injuries to your staff or customers. That is why fire marshals pay special attention to verify that they are in compliance.

Checklist Item #5: Fire Sprinklers
If your facility has a fire sprinkler system in place, this will be carefully inspected by the fire marshal. When preparing for an inspection, know that the fire marshal will check to see if there is adequate clearance around each sprinkler deflector.

Checklist Item #6: Fire Sprinkler System Water Supply
For this system to function correctly, not only must the sprinkler deflectors have the proper clearance, the water must flow as it should when called upon to extinguish a fire. The fire marshal will examine the critical components of the sprinkler system water supply, to determine that they are in good working order.

Checklist Item #7: Proper Storage of Combustible Liquids
Combustible materials and liquids represent a special fire hazard and must be treated accordingly. These will provide fuel to any fire and they pose a significant risk to your facility, including explosion potential, so proper measures must be taken at all times.

Checklist Item #8: Maximum Occupancy Limits
Your building has a maximum occupancy limit which has been put in place for a reason. If a fire were to occur, this is the number of people who could safely evacuate the premises in a timely fashion

Checklist Item #9: Overloading Electrical Sockets & Using Extension Cords Correctly

Plugging two or more extension cords together to extend the reach of the power in your facility, will also be cited during a fire marshal's inspection.

Checklist Item #10: Electrical Panels

Since electrical panels have live current running through them, any potentially flammable items (like cardboard boxes stored too close to the panel) make sure you can get to the panels without having to move anything. 

If you’ve been affected by a fire, know that SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville hits all the above qualifications and more. Contact us today to learn how we’re able to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why choose SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville for Air Ducts Are Due for Cleaning

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why choose SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville for Air Ducts Are Due for Cleaning Crew members of SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville of giving a thorough and professional clean after completing a home renovation.

Living in a humid summer climate, your air conditioning system likely works very hard from May to September. While changing your air filters and performing [regular recommended maintenance](https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/maintaining-your-air-conditioner) are great first steps, sometimes these might not be enough to keep the air in your home healthy.

Because HVAC systems are designed to redistribute air throughout the home, contaminants within the ducts can quickly lead to health problems—and can even lead to your system running less efficiently. If you are unsure whether your system is due for a clean, there are some signs that might point to yes.

### How to Know Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning

Here are four signs that mean [your ducts might be due for a clean](https://nadca.com/resources/blog/4-signs-your-air-ducts-need-cleaning):

*1. You’ve found evidence of mold around your HVAC system.

Because air conditioner systems can develop condensation, it is a perfect place for mold to grow—especially if you live in a humid climate. Because your HVAC system circulates air through the home, it can also spread these mold spores from room to room. It is important to get a thorough and professional clean to keep this problem from getting out of hand, as mold exposure can lead to [serious health problems for your household](https://www.medicinenet.com/mold_exposure/article.htm).

*2. You’ve just renovated your home or live in new construction.

Even if contractors are diligent about cleaning up after themselves, dust and debris can always find a way into the nooks and crannies of your HVAC system. Additionally, the materials used in construction can contain particulates that are not safe to breathe in, which can make this a dangerous scenario.

*3. You feel you’re always dusting.

Everyone has to dust from time to time, but if you are noticing an excessive amount of dust on your surfaces, a duct cleaning may be in order. As dust travels through your HVAC system, your vents will redistribute it around the home. This creates more housework and can also lead to asthma and allergy symptoms.

*4. You’ve seen an increase in heating or cooling costs.

If you have lived in your home for awhile, you should generally be able to estimate your heating and cooling bills from month to month. If you begin seeing bills get noticeably more expensive, it might mean that your system is running inefficiently due to dirty ducts. Severe contamination in an HVAC system will cause it to work much harder to distribute the same amount of air, translating to higher utility bills for homeowners.


*Do any of these signs apply to your home? If so, give [SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville](https://www.SERVPROmadisongoodlettsville.com/airduct-cleaning) a call so you can have a professional assessment done on your ducts.*