When it comes to remodeling your home or office, one of the most important things you can do immediately following a renovation is to perform an IAQ test and determine if post-construction air scrubbing is required. Many people are under the impression that if you can’t physically see the dust, your environment is clean – but think again. In nearly every case, there are harmful contaminants and debris circulating in the air post-reno, which can only be removed by a professional construction cleaning service. If not properly cleaned, dangerous airborne particulates can circulate for years after construction, settling into air ducts and on high surfaces such as ceiling fans, cabinetry, molding, and other areas where it may be nearly invisible to the naked eye.

Protect Their Well-Being With Annual Air Duct Inspections

According to studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality may be up to 100 times more polluted than outside air – and that’s a frightening statistic, as the average person spends up to 90% of their time indoors. Poorly maintained and improperly cleaned ventilation systems are a breeding ground for microbes and airborne debris, which can lead to a number of health conditions, including headaches, fatigue allergies, asthma, skin rash, and in more serious cases, Legionnaires’ disease (a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria) and tuberculosis. Over time, toxic contaminants build up inside your ductwork and are circulated throughout your home or business every time the furnace or air conditioner is turned on. In turn, these pollutants will directly affect the comfort and well-being of your building’s inhabitants. With proper maintenance, duct cleaning provides allergy relief, reduces dust and airborne particulates, eliminates noxious odors, and even reduces housework, ultimately protecting the health of anyone in your commercial or residential dwelling. To ensure optimal performance, experts recommend an annual air duct inspection.

Residential Renovation: How Much Cleaning Is Needed Post-Construction?

How Much Cleaning Is Needed Post-ConstructionLet’s face it – your home post-remodeling is a mess. Between the fine particulate construction dust that’s seemingly everywhere to the dirt that’s been tracked through your house or apartment, a clean environment can’t come soon enough. Although your contractor may have sealed off areas such as closets, bathrooms and kitchen cabinets, the dust will still migrate and settle throughout your home on your vents, radiator covers, windows, walls, tops of doors and crown moldings, light fixtures, ceiling fans, inside and behind drawers, and even in closets. Unfortunately, a thorough housecleaning is insufficient, and a housekeeping service will only scratch the surface.

While most people want to return their living quarters ‘back to normal’ as quickly as possible, it’s important to plan for a thorough post-construction cleaning at the onset of any remodeling project. At Five Star, we realize you’ve spent countless hours and hard-earned money remodeling your home, but it’s just as important to invest in a commercial post-construction cleaning – although it’s an additional expense, you cannot put a price on your family’s health. We provide cost-effective solutions to remediate your home from dangerous dust and debris for all of your post-renovation needs.

So before you start your next big project, be sure to contact a professional construction cleaning company – from air scrubbing and IAQ specialty services to high-dusting and cleaning your ceilings, you can rest assured that your home will not only be restored to its original condition, but you’re providing a truly clean and safe environment for your loved ones. Our licensed, bonded and certified team of specialists will refurbish your living space to a pristine clean, including duct cleaning, dust containment and other HVAC and IAQ services.

Commercial Remodeling: Is A Professional Construction Cleaning Crew Necessary?

In the instance where you’re remodeling your corporate office or place of business, planning for a professional construction cleaning post-reno is a must. Even though most commercial buildings have on-site cleaning services, a traditional housekeeping company is not equipped to deal with the aftermath of a heavy renovation. In addition to the specific tools and equipment needed to ensure a proper cleaning, a crew will also be required to move heavy office furnishings, file cabinets and other large pieces of furniture. Specifically, in an office setting with multiple interior vents and registers, your commercial space will require a dedicated team of IAQ/HVAC specialists who are familiar with cleaning your ductwork and coils. Our IAQ services include but are not limited to:

  • HEPA / Dust Containment / Scrubbing air of all airborne particulates
  • HVAC Specialties
  • Cleaning & restoration of all interior vents and registers
  • Cleaning & testing of all A/C & heating units/mechanical rooms
  • Indoor Air Quality Assessments/Inspections
  • Remediation of mold & other indoor air quality issues

Protecting your employees’ health is not only essential, but will ultimately affect your company’s productivity – by ensuring the air quality in your place of business, your staff is less likely to develop chronic respiratory issues (and therefore less apt to call in sick). Our OSHA-certified team will provide a thorough post-construction cleaning top to bottom, eradicating your commercial space from harmful pollutants and improving your air quality by employing our proprietary air scrubbing techniques.

Dust & Allergies: The Benefits Of Post-Renovation Air Scrubbing

Dust & AllergiesWhether you’re remodeling your house, condo, residential loft or even your corporate office, post-renovation dust can wreak havoc on our respiratory systems, particularly for individuals with allergies. By recognizing the hazards that post-renovation dust can create, you can take measures to protect your building’s inhabitants, including regular air duct maintenance.

For allergy sufferers, dust, debris, mold and even pet dander can aggravate their breathing and trigger an attack. An often-overlooked source of airborne contaminants may be living in your duct work – when not routinely cleaned and repaired, your air ducts may be harboring mold, mildew, dust mites, and other dangerous debris which is circulated throughout your building. Environmental pollutants such as pollen, cigarette smoke and car exhaust can also wind up coating the interior of your vents, further affecting your air quality. Over time, this stagnant air is recycled and can have a negative impact on the health of your residents. In the case of homes with pets, fur and dander may also build up in your ductwork, getting trapped in the cold air returns and recirculating into the air we breathe.

Because circulating construction dust can take weeks to settle, post-construction air scrubbing is essential, as the dust is especially dangerous for small children, the elderly, pets, and people with preexisting health conditions. With proper air duct care and maintenance, you can help protect anyone living in your dwelling against irritants and even reduce the severity and number of allergy attacks in your home or office. Our IAQ team of experts will run professional-grade HEPA filter air machines during your post-renovation cleaning to ensure a deep and thorough air cleaning, as well as any other recommended air cleaning services. In addition, we may recommend an air purifier with a HEPA filter for homes with allergy sufferers; these filters may be purchased online or at most home improvement stores.

Some other tips you can implement in your post-renovation cleaning to remove airborne irritants include:

  • Frequent vacuuming (*look for vacuums with HEPA filters for optimal results)
  • If possible, replace wall-to-wall carpeting with wood, linoleum or tile flooring
  • Change bedding often and wash sheets in hot water to eradicate dust mites and other allergens
  • Replace curtains and drapes with roll-up shades
  • Refrain from smoking indoors
  • Use plastic covers over pillows and mattresses to minimalize occurrence of dust mites
  • Utilize high-efficiency furnace filters (if you are a homeowner)
  • Keep pets outdoors if you’re allergic to pet dander (or at the very least, don’t allow pets to sleep in your bed)

As you can see, making a commitment to a dust-free environment post-renovation is valuable on many levels: you’re not just cleaning your air, but protecting the health of the residents in your home or office. The longer you put it off, the longer you’re exposing yourself and your employees or loved ones to possible airborne contaminants. With proper air duct maintenance, you can breathe a little easier knowing you’re providing the best air quality to your building’s inhabitants and the peace of mind of an efficiently-running system.

So, once the dust has settled, contact the experts today at Five Star Construction for a free consultation – we’ll be happy to discuss your questions and tailor a custom air scrubbing regime for your residential or commercial property.