The Importance of Ventilation(Air) Duct Work Cleaning

Every commercial premises will have some sort of ventilation system and associated duct work in the walls or ceilings or both. Over time, the ducts accumulate dust and debris, which can then become a breeding ground for bacteria and mould, especially if raised temperatures and humidity are also present. Air passing through the duct work can then carry these allergens and pathogens into the building. Without adequate and regular Duct Cleaning, the ventilation system designed to provide building occupants with clean, fresh air, could be doing the exact opposite, with potentially serious consequences for employees and employers through legal costs and costly court cases, large fines and imprisonment can be dealt down if proven.In an office building or school, occupants can suffer from Sick Building Syndrome, involving repeated minor illnesses such as colds, flu and allergies.

While the causes of Sick Building Syndrome were a mystery for a long time, it has now been shown to be a direct effect of poorly maintained ventilation systems helping to spread dust and airborne micro-organisms through a building. In more sensitive environments such as hospitals, the effects can be deadly, including the spread of MRSA and other serious infections which can threaten the lives of patients and visitors alike.

Legal Requirements
There is strict legislation governing Ductwork Cleaning and maintenance. Workplace Health and Safety regulations require building managers to ensure a good supply of clean air into the building, and to ensure that ventilation Duct Work Cleaning, inspection and maintenance are carried out on a regular basis.

Not only must Duct Cleaning be carried out, it must be carried out by properly qualified HVAC professionals. This ensures that the correct tools and cleaning materials are used and that specific standards of cleanliness appropriate to the environment are met. Proper records must also be kept, including photographic evidence. Building owners or managers who fail to ensure adequate Duct Work Cleaning face prosecution under this legislation.

These legal requirements add up to one thing: It is essential to employ a professional Duct Work Cleaning service which is HVAC registered. Only cleaning carried out by HVAC professionals will comply with the relevant Health and Safety and Fire Safety legislation.



     

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