Posts by Nate

I get so many customers who say, “I had no idea how much was involved in this process!”  There are so many services in the marketplace where a company comes out to your home and they’re gone within an hour.  This is not the case with duct cleaning.  So, what exactly happens during a duct cleaning?  A normal duct cleaning takes anywhere from 3 to 8 hours depending on the size of the job, access to the furnace and ductwork and the layout of the home. What a lot of customers don’t realize is that every return and supply duct must be accessed in order to do a proper cleaning.  We also need full access to the furnace as well as this is where most of the equipment is set up and where we gain access into the ducts for the vacuum. When we come to your home, it is best that any vehicles that  be moved out of the driveway or the garage.  This is due to that we have large equipment such as pipe and hose that we hook up from our truck to your furnace.  We ask the customer to give us a quick overview of the home so we can locate all of the return and supply ducts.  We need about 3 feet around each vent to where a person can get in with tools to clean.  Before we begin work we shut the power of to your furnace and heat pump (if equipped).  The blower
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  Did you know that the lint trap on your dryer doesn’t stop lint build up in your dryer vent?  Dryer vent fires are the number one cause of home fires! Almost all of our customers tell us that they always clean the lint trap before every load of laundry.  The truth is, the lint trap stops about 25 percent of the lint that goes down your dryer vent and sticks to the walls.  The key to a safe and efficient dryer vent is a short distance from the dryer to the exterior of the house.  Unfortunately in newer homes, many of the laundry areas are placed in the center of the home.  In this case this usually causes the dryer vent to be at least 20 feet long.  In Oregon, the legal length of dryer vents is 25 feet.  There’s a catch to that 25 feet though, for every bend you have to reduce the length by five feet.  Usually at the wall where you hook up your hose from the dryer there are two 90 degree elbows where the dryer vent makes the transition from vertical to horizontal.  So, right there you’re supposed to reduce the total length of the dryer vent down to 15 feet. Another extremely important aspect of dryer vent safety is the hookup of the hose from the dryer exhaust outlet on the wall to the hookup on the wall or the floor.  First, the type of hose that is used should be a rigid
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This week we had a customer who called and explained that her wood stove was smoking.  We quickly responded to her and went to investigate the problem.  As it turns out, this was not the customers first bout with this problem.  She just had this stove installed last year and had the same problem three weeks after she started using it.  When we arrived to the home and went up on the roof we discovered that there was a small screen in the chimney cap.  This screen that is installed is 1/2 inch that is a required spark arrester for California wood burners.  However, this screen is not required for Oregon wood burners.  The smallest screen I recommend in a chimney cap is 3/4 inch.  After 14 years in the industry, I have discovered that having at least 3/4 inch screen will not plug up between yearly cleanings.  This is not a guarantee because there are so many factors involved when burning. The biggest factor involved is seasoned wood.  If the wood you’re burning is not seasoned, there is a very good chance that when you burn it it will make creosote and plug up your chimney cap and/or cause a flue fire in your chimney. What is seasoned wood exactly?  Seasoned wood is wood that has been split into small enough pieces that it can dry and have a water content of 20% or less.  How do you measure the water content in wood?  Technically, there is no easy
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  The wet and damp climate in Eugene, OR can be very detrimental to masonry chimneys.  This particular chimney suffered from water penetration.  Water penetration in chimneys is caused when the masonry is no longer able to repel water due to years of sun and rain exposure. Water penetration causes mortar to essentially lose it’s structural integrity, turn in to sand and crumble apart. Another major detriment to masonry is moss.  Moss build up eats away at the mortar and cuts the life of the masonry drastically.  One thing the homeowner can do is keep an eye on your masonry. If you notice moss build up on any of your masonry have us come clean it off as soon as possible so no unnecessary wear is caused to it. Not only do we do chimney masonry rehab, but we can also do moss removal on any masonry you have on  your property.  This can be general moss removal, tuck pointing and even waterproofing.  Waterproofing is very cost effective and a great insurance policy for your masonry.  It can save you thousands in rebuilding costs in the future. This particular job took about six hours.  There are many variables involved in these repair jobs.  It all depends on the size of the chimney, accessibility and the level of repair that is needed.  Some repairs can be done in one day. Some take multiple days.  The benefit of this repair is that it was relatively inexpensive compared to letting the conditions of
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Are you looking for Duct cleaning deals in Eugene?  Beware: Advantage Air Duct Cleaning in Eugene, OR recently had a very disappointed customer when they decided to buy a extremely cheap Groupon deal for $39 duct cleaning.  Unfortunately in this industry the market is saturated with dishonest companies who give people the idea that they will get quality cleaning work done for a very cheap price.  THIS IS NOT TRUE!  My customer said that the company he got from Groupon did such a poor job he told the man from the company to leave the house within 15 minutes of him showing up.  The average cost of quality duct cleaning ranges between $400-$800 depending on the size of the home, where the furnace is located in the house, how many return air ducts and supply ducts you have, if there are multiple systems in the home and where your home is located geographically.  There are so many variables in the cost of quality duct cleaning.  Duct cleaning takes a special knowledge and understanding of how HVAC systems work so they can be cleaned properly.  If you hire a company to clean your ductwork that doesn’t have the knowledge, understanding and proper equipment, chances are that not much cleaning will actually get done and more damage than good will be done to your duct system.  Advantage Air Duct Cleaning in Eugene, OR has the right equipment for any duct system.  We use a truck-mounted Pringle Power-Vac truck that pulls 14,000 cubic feet
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Advantage Air Duct Cleaning of Eugene, OR recently had the pleasure of restoring a customers dangerous unlined chimney back to a usable and very safe fireplace that she can enjoy any time and feel good about it with a new chimney liner.  This customer owns a beautiful home up the McKenzie River that was built in the 1800’s.  As you can imagine, the 1800’s weren’t times of builder codes and regulation.  1910 was the year that a terra cotta tile liner was code in all masonry chimneys built for heating a dwelling came in effect.  To this day we still come across many chimneys that were built in the 50’s and 60’s that don’t have a terra cotta tile liner.  The purpose of a terra cotta tile liner is to protect the home from heat transfer.  It only takes 12 hours to heat through a brick before the heat that fire produces can be transferred to whatever it is pressed up against.  Normally that would be the wood framing in a home.  The fear of heat transfer is a phenomenon called wood-pyrolosis.  Wood-pyrolosis is amazing phenomenon as over the years as a piece of wood is heated, its kindling point can be reduced to 200 degrees without flame!  That’s right, without flame!  That means that if you burn your chimney for years and heat has transferred through the brick 1000’s of times and heating the wood that’s pressed up against it, the wood-pyrolosis phenomenon can certainly take place and can
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Why should you have your furnace and air ducts cleaned? Do you have allergies? Did you have construction done in your home? Do you notice having to dust more frequently? Are you sneezing more frequently? Do you have pets? Did you m ove into a home previously occupied by another family? Have you ever had your ducts cleaned before? If your answer is yes to any of these questions you should have us clean your system!  If you think about it, if you moved into a home that has a forced air system and have not had your air ducts cleaned; you are breathing someone else’s dirt!  I think of it as sleeping in someone else’s bed sheets.  It gives you a very uneasy feeling to think about. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends that your air ducts should be cleaned every 3-5 years.  Over time contaminants build up and can cause respiratory irritation and also cause your system to run 40% harder than it needs to. A dirty air duct system can also cause funny smells.  Dust and dirt carries moisture and damp or wet dirt can certainly create an unpleasant smell.  These smells can also be caused by pet dander that has also been ingested by the air duct system.  An important detail to remember is that whatever the system ingests, it will breathe it back out into your home.  Dirty air can be recirculated 5-7 times a day depending on how much you run your system.
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We enjoy helping people solve their problems when it comes to heating and air conditioning appliances.  When I’m in Eugene/Springfield and surrounding areas there are always quirky issues that homeowners have that I can take care of.  It could be a sticky damper or a weird noise.  I also have the ability to replace blower motors, install custom chimney caps, bid on installation of a new wood stove and stainless steel liner.  We can install filter racks and order special high efficiency filters for people with bad allergies.  Please feel free to ask, we are more than happy to help with anything you need assistance with. We ventured out to the home show this last weekend at the Lane County fair grounds.  Although we did not have a booth, it was great to see so many great services offered in our community.  There are so many different products and contractor services out there it’s astonishing how we can all stay busy.  I saw everything from something as simple as pest control and moss cleaning services to things that cost thousands and thousands of dollars like custom kitchens and counter tops.  It was also nice to see how many people were in the market for home improvement.  It is a great feeling knowing that the even in this rough economy, there are still people out there that have the means to make elaborate improvements to their home.  We will definitely be making an effort to getting Advantage Air Duct Cleaning into
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I’ve been very busy these past few weeks helping the people of Eugene/Springfield, OR and surrounding areas get ready for the wood burning season.  It’s nice to be able to help so many people with their safety during the burning season.  It’s very important that if you use your fireplace, wood stove or pellet stove for a main source of heat, it should be cleaned and checked for safety annually.  If you don’t use it for a main source of heat, it should be cleaned and checked every two cords (4 feet high by 4 feet wide by 8 feet long stack) of wood.   Expansion and contraction play a major role in changes that take place in your firebox and flue that you can’t see that can be a serious hazard to your safety.  Expansion and contraction cause metal and masonry to weaken over time. This can cause cracks to form which make it possible for creosote to wick through and set fire to the wood framing of your home in the event of a flue fire.  This is why it is so important to have a professional clean and check your wood burning appliance. Another major aspect of my work is inspecting masonry for structural integrity.  I have been to many customers homes recently that need some repair to the masonry chimney above the roofline.  If you go to my Facebook page you can see some pictures of chimneys that need some masonry repair.  www.facebook.com/advantageadc  Check back often
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