When you walk into a building, you don't necessarily see the air ducts - they are above ceilings, below floors, in the walls or on the roof. But they are always accessible in one way or another, and with the experience and know-how, the crews can reach them to carry out the job of cleaning them out.
Most projects are relatively routine and "the usual" is all that is needed.
You've got your blueprints, you've got your trucks, tools, ladders and equipment. The crew knows what to do and the job gets done to everyone's satisfaction.
That's most of the time. Once in awhile, though, things are not quite normal.
What do you do when the ductwork is 85 feet in the air?
Well, you run out and rent yourself a 95' boom lift, make sure the technicians' certification and training are up to date and have at it!
Or go rent a 65 foot scissor lift for the ducts closer to the deck! Definitely not in the routine scope of work.
What about when you've got massive ductwork 100 feet in the air and running down the outside walls of a hangar?
You simply ask Mario if he ever wanted to be Spiderman! No doubt, he'll jump at the chance.
Then, of course, when you encounter one of those two story high air handlers, you build a platform inside the fan compartment so you can reach the ceiling and replace the insulation.
And who can forget those multi-story vertical shafts that need to be relined? Once again, Spiderman to the rescue!
When you come across those large ducts that are a little too long for the vacuum equipment to reach, call in your trusty duct mole!
While majority of our work is in office buildings where we find the HVAC systems in a normal layout, and we can go about our job in a workmanlike fashion, it adds a little bit of flair and variation when we get one of those projects that are outside the box and give us a challenge.
But projects that are the "normal" give us an opportunity to pursue the training on the finer technical points of cleaning A/C systems, like the proper way to heat up the left over pizza for lunch!
Until next time!