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Cleaning Your Air Ducts After Hurricane Harvey Flooding

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The clean up is still going on in Houston and little by little we are making headway. The CDC has a list of steps and recommendations to follow when cleaning HVAC systems. Remediation of water damage in your home is definitely the first step anyone should take who took on water. After a complete water remediation a home owner may want to think about having their air ducts cleaned. Here is a booklet for the steps to clean mold and water damage in your home. This booklet is published by the EPA  flood_cleanup_and_the_air_in_your_home_booklet_ . The EPA and the CDC both advise using an N-95 breathing mask to protect yourself from any airborne mold spores.

Here is a link to the page of the CDC that takes a homeowner through the steps of cleaning an HVAC system. If you had mold growth and you ran your AC you may want to have the ducts cleaned.

 

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Cleaning up after flooding in your home

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Don’t Get Scammed by Air Duct Cleaning Companies

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Mold in Air Ducts Mold on air vents and musty odor in home
Dust on air vents

Don’t get Scammed by Air Duct Cleaners

Unfortunately when you call air duct cleaners you won’t always get up front pricing, or upfront listing of services. Often air duct cleaning services will quote a very low price and use this to get the appointment. After arriving to your home, the techs will then try to up sell you on the rest of the services. If you don’t go for the up sell they will hook up a vacuum to a duct and run it for a bit then leave. What ever you paid, you wasted your money. Air duct cleaning requires all the ducts be brushed out and a powerful vacuum to take away the loosened mildew, dust, and debris. The plenum box that all of the ducts attach to must be cleaned and mildew, fungus, etc. be cleaned out. The returns need to be brushed and vacuumed, the register also needs to be cleaned. All the vent covers need to be removed and washed, then replaced. If required soot sealer should be applied for odor/particles. After all this then the system is sanitized with a bacteria and mold killer that is alcohol based and will evaporate without leaving any residue.

This process takes a while and can easily run 5-7 hours depending on how large the home is and how many AC units / thermostats are in the home. So, you can see air duct cleaning is more involved than just hooking a vacuum up for 30 minutes and leaving. Every 4 years you should have your ducts cleaned, if you have an older home and haven’t ever had your ducts cleaned you should definitely make time to schedule a cleaning. If you smell an odor coming out of your vents you should have your air duct cleaned. Folks buying a home where the previous owner had pets, you should have your ducts cleaned. Take a look at the video below which shows the process for air duct cleaning. The video has been condensed for the sake of time.

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Carpet Cleaning for Mid Rise and High Rise Apartments in Houston

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It’s great to have a view and live in the middle of a big city. That is, until you need your carpets cleaned! Trying to get carpets cleaned in a mid rise or high rise or even a 3-4 story town home can be a challenge. At C&E Carpets and Vents we have equipment suited to clean mid and high rises. We also specialize in 3-4 story town homes. We are located where Montrose meets the upper Kirby district and have many clients that live in these apartments and town homes.

Sure Houston is a cool city and living inside the loop, on the east side, or the Galleria area is awesome. With that awesome  pad you need access to great service and reasonable prices. We have special packages for Mid and High rises so give us a call today!  If we have space available we will also do same day services. 832-512-5719

So don’t give up your cool living space

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Professional Carpet cleaning for Mid and high rise apartments

Instead, give us a call and let us make your living space clean and enjoyable!

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Carpet Cleaning Coupons 3 Rooms for 95$ No Hidden Fees

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 Enjoy our Summer Discounts!

We have created special package deals for summer. These are discounted from our regular prices and are designed to give you the best deal possible for any carpet cleaning job you need done.  These specials cannot be combined with any other advertised discounts, coupons, or specials. Don’t worry! We have something that will fit your budget and your needs. Below are the professional carpet cleaning packages we have put together. Rooms can be added or taken away depending on the size of the job.

        3 Rooms for 95$ Add Additional Rooms for 20$ Each

This carpet cleaning package is for light soil and traffic soil. Our Standard light soil carpet cleaning includes a pre-spray, shampoo / fiber rinse / sanitizer.

            3 Rooms for 109$ Add Additional Rooms for 25$ each

Our medium soil carpet cleaning promotion includes a pre-spray, shampoo / fiber rinse / sanitize , stain removal for in set stains, odor control and deodorizer.

                3 Rooms for 129$ Add Additional Rooms for 30$

Our heavy soil / pet treatment carpet cleaning special includes : Heavy stain removal, pre-treatment, shampoo / fiber rinse / sanitize, enzyme treatment, odor neutralizer, odor control, deodorizer.

 

**Some restrictions apply: 3 story town homes, mid rises, high rises, and apartments with stairs price for 2 Rooms standard clean begins at 95$

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Air Duct Cleaning Bait and Switch

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Choosing an Air Duct Cleaning Company

Navigating the many Google Ads, and search results that pop up when you are trying to find a company to clean your vents can be daunting and disheartening. You may call for a price quote and get numbers between 59$ all the way up to 1.000$ or more. Why the disparity in quotes?

Many A/C duct cleaning companies will advertise a super low price. This price would be for a basic or abbreviated service. So, for 79$ they may come with a special vacuum called a negative air machine and hook it up to one vent close other vents off and then turn it on for 30 minutes, but not before trying to up sell you on the other steps of the air duct cleaning process. Mildew removal, cleaning each individual duct, cleaning the plenum box, cleaning the registers, cleaning the returns, odor control, soot sealer, and using a sanitizing method to kill bacteria and spores.

The so called basic is the bait and the up sell is the switch. Many companies use this method of advertising to get customers because most people are not prepared to pay what it actually costs to get a complete cleaning of your air ducts. C&E Carpets and Vents does not use the bait and switch because if a customer chooses the basic they have wasted their money. To hook a vacuum up for a few minutes and do nothing else is a waste of money. We recommend that if you do not want to pay for a complete cleaning then wait and save your money instead of wasting 79$ to pay a tech to turn a stationary vacuum on for half an hour.

How much does it actually cost to get a complete cleaning? A general rule of thumb is to go by how many AC units you have. A complete cleaning of your air ducts including mildew, mold removal and sanitize on average runs about 375$-550$ per unit up to 2 units.   A home that has more than 2 units needs a physical estimate. Folks are often shocked when we give them the price quote over the phone and ask why the difference in prices? I explain that we only do a complete clean.

1. Brushing each individual duct with a special industry approved air duct brush to loosen

all mildew, dirt, dust, and other contaminants.

2. Using the negative air machine to remove all the loosened mildew, dirt, mold.

3.  Cleaning and removing any mildew, mold, fungus, dirt from the Plenum  box

4.   Using soot sealer if needed for odor / particles

5.   Cleaning the registers (also painting them if they are rusty)

6.   Cleaning the Returns

7.    Sanitizing the system using a fogger and biocide which are alcohol based and will

evaporate and will not leave a residue.

Use this list and ask questions when calling for estimates. Make sure you know what you are getting for your money. Don’t fall for a bait and switch! If you live in the Houston area and need to have your ducts cleaned please give us a call at 832-512-5719. 

 

 

How are Air Ducts Cleaned

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Many times air duct cleaning is a MYSTERY

What really happens when you have your air ducts cleaned? As a professional in the industry I will tell you the process can range from nill to expansive depending on the purpose of the cleaning. C&E Carpets and Vents in Houston, TX will only perform a complete cleaning. This means that we do not do an abbreviated job. Some companies will only hook a machine up to a vent, tape off the others and turn the machine on for about an hour or so, then they are done. Our company does not do this “basic” service. We specialize in complete cleanings including brushing each duct with a specially designed and approved brush that removes the dirt, dust, mildew, etc. from each duct. We also clean the plenum box, returns (if needed), registers, vents, and remove mildew, fungus, mold, and sanitize the system.

     A complete cleaning can take several hours.

To do a thorough job takes time and depending on the size of the system and how dirty the duct work, it can take up to several hours to do the job right. Below is a video that shows what generally takes place when having your air ducts cleaned. If you live in Houston, TX and have and AC system, chances are you will need to clean your ducts at some point. Please give us a call and we will be glad to make your homes air cleaner by  cleaning the ducts! 832-512-5719

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Are Those Groupon Air Duct Coupons Really a Good Deal?

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Groupon! Everyone loves to save money and Groupon seems like such a great deal! But can you really get a truly good service at such cut rate prices?

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Groupon Deals for Air Duct Cleaning in Houston

This is about what you find when you go to Groupon for a Home Service Deal like Air Duct Cleaning. Houston is no exception, and Groupon will be riddled with these coupons. Is this for real? I mean can a company really offer air duct cleaning for 49$ or 35$ or even 59$?

The short answer is NO! You the customer have to give up something. A company cannot do a complete cleaning for $25, which is what the company receives after you purchase the Groupon. Make sure you know what you are getting when you go to Groupon and do a little research before you purchase.

 

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Is Groupon a Good Deal for Houston Air Duct Cleaning

Read the fine print so that you can decide whether the Groupon is a good deal or a bait and switch.  Many air duct cleaning companies will place an unbelievably low price for a service with no real intention of performing that service at the price advertised.

This doesn’t mean all companies are bad or all Groupon deals are bad. It only means you need to know before you start what you are getting for your money and if you do decide to get an expanded service then make sure you are still getting your money’s worth for the Groupon.

Most Groupon deals offer a discount on a basic service in the hopes that you will also want to add on. This can be a win for the client and a win for the business as long as each party gets a benefit.

If you are buying a Groupon ask questions, read the fine print, and know what you are getting for your money! If the basic abbreviated service is all you want or need make sure they will really give you that for the price you pay. If you want more, make sure that you are still getting the service discounted equal to the Groupon ad. So if the Groupon gives you a discount of 100$ make sure you still get that discount when you upgrade!

If you would like to get a free quote over the phone for Air Duct Cleaning in Houston please give us a call at 832-512-5719

Houston Dryer Vent Cleaning

How Often Should I Clean My Dryer Vent?

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Maintaining your dryer vent is a matter of safety. Lint that gets trapped inside the vent that leads from your dryer to the outside can pose a fire hazard. Lint is highly flammable and having an excessive amount inside your dryer exhaust pipe can increase your risk of fire. The Federal Government publishes a pamphlet to educate the public and set standards and guidelines for dryer safety.

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Cleaning

  • Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry. Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up. In addition, clean the lint filter with a nylon brush at least every six months or more often if it becomes clogged.
  • Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months.
  • Have your dryer cleaned regularly by a professional, especially if it is taking longer than normal for clothes to dry. (U.S. Fire Safety Administration)

While the above states to clean your dryer vent pipe every three months, the professional cleaning doesn’t have a timeline. As a professional in the industry I think it’s a good idea to have your dryer vent cleaned professionally at least once a year but many times insurance companies require biannual cleanings.

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Vent clogged by dryer vent

In addition to posing a safety hazard, a clogged dryer vent can effect your dryer’s performance. If you find your dryer is not drying as efficiently, first check and make sure your heating element is working properly. If your dryer is getting hot enough but still not drying, then it is probably time to have your vent cleaned.

 

For Houston dryer vent cleaning, please give us a call at 832-512-5719

Charge for cleaning dryer vent 129$

Professional Carpet Cleaning in Houston, TX

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Searching for a carpet cleaner in Houston can be a daunting task. We aim to make it easy! See our reviews on Yelp. No hidden fees and our internet special pricing makes professional carpet cleaning a breeze!

Houston Carpet Cleaning at its BEST!

Ask about our Carpet Cleaning Coupons and Discounts! 

No Hidden Fees! Call today! 832-512-5719

Ask about our other services. We are insured and our techs have background checks.

 

Carpet cleaning in Houston is competitive and can be a mine field of sorts. C&E Carpets and Vents is locally owned and operated. We take our customer service serious and pride ourselves on a job well done. Let us be your Houston carpet cleaning company!

Call today and have your carpets professionally steam cleaned. We use a combination of steam and hot water extraction that gets down deep into your carpet fibers. Our advertised special includes  a pre-spray, shampoo, sanitize, deodorize deep steam cleaning that will leave your carpets fresh and clean! Let us be your best choice for Houston Carpet Cleaning!

Getting Your Home Ready for the Holidays

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Holidays are designed to bring families together. Relatives and friends come together for meals, parties, and fellowship. If you are having loved ones and friends over for the holiday season you want your home to shine.  C&E Carpets and Vents can help you make your home ready for the holiday season. We have a holiday special for every area of your home. Carpet cleaning coupons, upholstery cleaning specials, and more!

Holiday Coupon Carpets

Carpet Cleaning Coupon

Carpet Cleaning : 3 Rooms for 69

Includes heavy duty solution and light pre spray

Does not include deodorizer or heavy stain removal
Holiday coupon upholstery cleaning

Holiday coupon upholstery cleaning

 

Sofa Cleaning only 69$ Add a Love Seat for 40$

 

 

Call 832-512-5719 Today and make your home ready for the holidays!

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