Strange Stories of Atlanta Air Duct Cleaning

Old Forrest Gump liked to let everyone know what his mama always said: “Life is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re gonna get.”  This is a great line from a classic movie, and we can all see the truth in that simple statement.  But when Atlanta air duct cleaning is your business, let me tell you something: Gump’s mom had no idea.

Duct cleaners 101

When I was first started learning how to clean air ducts, I figured I would for the most part be eliminating the build-of dust so that the customer could breathe cleaner air.  Why would anything else be up there?  After a few months of Atlanta air duct cleaning, I learned that duct cleaning was a lot closer to a box of chocolates than I would have ever imagined.

One time I went out on an air duct job, and when I got there, the customer was complaining that there was not enough air coming through the vents.  I asked her how long she had been living in the house, because it looked like new construction.  She said that it was a newly built house and that she had been living there for about two years, and that the air flow from the vents was never very good, even when she first moved in.

I checked the vents around the house, and it was like a landfill up there.  There were paper wrappers and half eaten burgers from every fast food joint in town, empty soda and coffee cups, chicken bones…even beer bottles (empty, unfortunately) and a spent bottle of Cuervo Gold.  I let the customer know that a lot of construction crews just toss their garbage in the vents, and the home inspectors don’t notice it because they never look in the vents.

Routine duct cleaning

Another time I had a customer who wanted a routine duct cleaning.  They didn’t feel like there was anything wrong with the flow, they just wanted to perform some routine maintenance like all homeowners should.  As I was working on the ducts, I saw something unusual, and when I got closer, I could see that it was a .44-caliber pistol.  I guess the previous owner of the house must have hid it up there.  I let the owner know and left the rest up to him.  At least I didn’t find any bodies up there, but when you do this job, you never know what you might see next.

Cleaning an old house

Then there was the time when I had a client who had bought a house that was about thirty years old.  She got a hold of me because she was looking for Atlanta carpet cleaning, but when she found out that I did duct cleaning too, she asked me to do both.

So I was cleaning the ducts, and when I opened one of the vents, I found a cloth that seemed to have something wrapped inside of it.  I opened the cloth and it was full of jewelry.  There was a diamond ring in there, an elaborate gold bracelet, and a couple of really nice pairs of diamond earrings.  I told the owner what I had found, and she was thrilled.  She figured that the house was now hers, so the jewelry belonged to her, too.

I kind of agreed, and since I was honest enough to let her know about the jewelry, someone might think that this story has a happy ending.  They might logically assume that she gave me the bracelet or a pair of earrings for my partner as a token of her appreciation.  But they would be wrong.  She didn’t give me any of the jewelry.  But she did recommend me to a friend who called me about a week later.

Invoice for duct cleaning

I went to her house.  It was an older home, and the woman said that she had been living there for about ten years.  She told me that she wanted me to clean her ducts like I had done for her friend.  I did the job, put away my gear, and presented her with the invoice.

“Well?” she said.

“Uh…that’s the invoice, Ma’am, for the duct cleaning,” I answered.

“I know that,”  she relied, suspiciously, “but what else have you got for me?”

Oh, I get it, I thought.

“Nothing,” I said.  “Your ducts were pretty dusty, but that was it.”

She handed me a check looking kind of disappointed, like part of my job was to find valuables in everybody’s ducts and that I had somehow failed her.

“The people who I bought this house from were very well to do, you know,” she said I as was leaving, with a trace of annoyance in her voice.  Maybe they were, but they were apparently smart enough to take their jewelry with them when they left.

The last story I want to share involves a call we got from a client who was having a lot of trouble breathing in her house.  She was okay everywhere else, but something was going on at the house.  When she got home she would become short of breath, and often get a headache and feel tired and achy.  We checked the air ducts, and then we opened the furnace.  It was incredibly dirty, just filthy, and remember, I clean dirty carpets and air ducts for a living, and I though that I had seen it all.  Upon closer inspection, there was living stuff in there, some nasty mold, and we let her know that she was breathing this mold and that was probably why she was feeling so poorly.

Breathing mold is very bad for you, so we had to disinfect the entire system with an organic solution and that kills all the mold throughout the ducts in a non-toxic manner.  Our mold training and certification came in handy, because about a week later, our client called us to say thanks because she was feeling great because we had done such a good job on her ducts.  I have to admit that it is a very good feeling when you hear that type of feedback from your customers.

You never know what you’re going to get when you are an intrepid Atlanta air duct cleaning company, but the strange things that happen make the job more fun.  And, when your work helps people to overcome health problems that are caused by dirty ducts or carpets, it can be a very rewarding job.  The next time you are looking for Atlanta air duct cleaning, or thorough, affordable Atlanta carpet cleaning, give us a call.  With us, you do know what you’re gonna get: great service, clean air ducts, and spotless carpets at unbelievably low prices.

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