No one enjoys the presence of rodents like mice or rats anywhere in their home, and they can be particularly problematic if they invade – and eventually die in – your HVAC system’s ductwork. Often entering this area to attempt to find shelter and warmth, such rodents can lead to not only health issues and contaminants in your air, but also damage to your ducts and related HVAC performance issues.
At Airtime Heating & Cooling, we’re happy to assist with a variety of areas, from furnace replacement to general upkeep and tune-ups of various HVAC systems, including your ducts. If you believe a rodent has died in your duct system somewhere, here are some general steps to take in terms of locating it, removing it and remedying any damage that was created – either on your own or with the assistance of our HVAC professionals.
For starters, the most common indicator that will signal a rodent’s presence in the duct system is the odor that comes from it. At the same time, however, such a smell could be coming from several sources or locations, and you have to follow it to determine the precise area.
If you’ve already checked other primary areas or believe the ductwork is the location, find the strongest area of smell nearest to a vent cover you can access. Remove this cover and use a flashlight to check inside.
Careful, Safe Removal
In cases where you can see the dead rodent and it’s close enough to the vent opening to reach it, you can likely perform this task yourself if desired. It’s vital, however, to take proper health and safety precautions: Wear gloves, use disinfectant products and ensure you have a strong, durable garbage bag for storing the remains.
If the rodent is out of your reach, however, you may need to call our team for assistance. We have special tools and expertise that will allow us to reach the rodent and remove it without damaging your ductwork in any way.
Once the rodent has been removed, thoroughly disinfect the area, including any section that was touched by the animal.
Repairing Leaks or Damage
Finally, once the area is clean and sanitary, it’s important to inspect the system and understand how the rodent was able to enter it to begin with. Our pros will be able to help you ascertain this location, which often includes a small leak or hole that allowed the rodent to get in. We’ll also assist with simple, affordable repairs or replacement to ensure this cannot happen again, plus increase your energy efficiency.
For more on what to do if a rodent has died in your HVAC duct system, or to learn about any of our heating and air services, speak to the staff at Airtime Heating & Cooling today.
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