Air Duct Inspection & Free Photo Inspection

Air Duct Inspection

Air Duct Inspection – To clean or not to clean – that is the question!

It’s easy for a homeowner to tell it’s time for a duct cleaning when dusty, dirty air starts spewing out of his register. But sometimes the threat is more subtle. Airborne contaminants growing in your ducts or in the surrounding insulation can fill your air with invisible spores and circulate throughout your house. Rodents or cockroach nests can introduce harmful bacteria and large dust, pet dander, dirt, or debris piles. Due to the relative inaccessibility of your ducts it's easy to let these conditions persist for years. This can negatively impact your air quality as well as the effectiveness of your heating and air conditioning. But how can you fix a problem you can’t see?

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A Virtual Tour of Your Ducts—For Free!

At Universal Duct Cleaning™, our technicians can see it; we do duct checkups through photo inspections. This allows us to take a virtual tour of your ductwork and see firsthand the problems that exist when doing an HVAC duct inspection. Companies that clean without these inspections are flying blind, leaving their customers at the mercy of their guesswork. We are strongly opposed to this. We always do a photo inspection before every cleaning. But we even do it for free! You, as the homeowner, can see the photos, verify the problem, and make an informed decision about what services you need.

The results of our photo inspection help us determine what kind of ductwork is appropriate for your situation.

Why Air Duct Inspection is Important

Air duct inspection with a video inspection camera plays a crucial role in both maintaining indoor air quality and ensuring the efficiency of your HVAC system. Over time, ducts can accumulate dust, allergens, and even mold, which can circulate through your home every time you turn on the HVAC system. This can have a negative impact on the health of your family, especially those with allergies or respiratory issues. Using a duct camera can accurately identify any air leak or duct repair needed for air duct services.

On the efficiency side, clogged or leaking ducts make your HVAC system work harder than it needs to, leading to increased energy consumption and higher bills. An inspection can identify these issues, allowing for timely repairs and cleaning with air duct cleaning equipment that saves you money in the long run. In short, regular air duct inspections with borescope cameras are an investment in your home's comfort and your family's well-being. If you're concerned about the state of your air ducts, give us a call for a free estimate.

Signs Your Air Ducts Need Inspection

Knowing when to get your air ducts inspected can save you time and money while also ensuring better air quality and system efficiency. Here are some common signs that indicate it may be time for a video camera inspection:


Inconsistent Temperatures

If some rooms in your home are too hot while others are too cold, it could mean that your air ducts are not distributing air properly. This can often be traced back to blockages or leaks in the air duct system.

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Unusual Odors

If you notice a musty or stale smell when your HVAC system is running, it's possible that your ducts have become a breeding ground for mold or mildew that can impose health problems in the future. A video camera inspection can confirm this and pave the way for a thorough cleaning.


Visible Mold

Mold in and around the vents is a clear sign that your ducts need immediate attention. Mold can be harmful to your health and should be dealt with as soon as possible.

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Increased Allergy Symptoms

A sudden or gradual increase in allergy symptoms like sneezing, watery eyes, or a runny nose when you're at home can indicate poor air quality, possibly due to dirty or clogged air ducts.


Higher Utility Bills

If you notice a sudden spike in your energy bills without a corresponding increase in usage, inefficient ductwork could be the culprit. Leaks or blockages in the ducts force your HVAC system to work harder, consuming more energy in the process. Using a duct inspection camera can help identify any issues within your air duct system. Regular HVAC maintenance can help with energy efficiency.

If any of these signs sound familiar, it's time to consider an air duct inspection. Catching these issues early can prevent more serious problems down the line. We offer free air duct inspections using duct cameras in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, and surrounding cities. Call us for a free estimate.

How We Do It – Our Duct Inspection Process

When we arrive at your home, the first step is to conduct a general assessment of your HVAC system, including a ductwork inspection. We look for signs of wear and tear or any potential issues such as air leaks that may require immediate attention.

We use advanced boroscope cameras designed for air duct inspections. These slim, flexible cameras can reach deep into your ductwork, providing a comprehensive view of its condition. Our cameras capture high-resolution photos during the inspection. This gives us a detailed look at the cleanliness, structural integrity, and any problem areas within your ducts.

After capturing these images, we share them with you. This way, you're not just taking our word for it; you can see for yourself what's going on inside your ducts. Based on the photo evidence, we'll discuss any needed repairs or cleaning with you. You're involved every step of the way, so you know exactly what you're getting and why it's necessary.

Our transparent approach ensures that you only pay for services you truly need. We aim to keep you from costly and unwarranted procedures by showing you direct evidence of your ducts' condition. We're committed to full transparency and quality service for residents in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, and the surrounding areas. Schedule your air duct inspection today to keep your home comfortable and safe.

Unmatched Features of Universal Duct Cleaning

What sets Universal Duct Cleaning apart from others is our commitment to personalized service and customer satisfaction. As a locally owned family business, we understand the unique needs of our community.

Our flexible proposals mean we tailor our services to suit your specific requirements, always aiming to give you the best value for your money.

With our insured, bonded, and licensed team, you can rest easy knowing you're in qualified hands. Add to that our next-day service and Smartpay options, and it's clear why we're the best choice for your duct cleaning and inspection needs.

If you’re ready to begin your cleaning with a free photo inspection, give Universal Duct Cleaning™ a call today. We conduct air duct cleaning services in the entire Virginia BeachChesapeakeNorfolk area and stand ready to help improve the health of your home. Give us a call today at (757) 962-0419.

Frequently Asked Questions

Common signs include inconsistent temperatures in different rooms, unusual odors, visible mold, increased allergy symptoms, and higher energy bills. If you experience any of these, it's a good idea to schedule an inspection.

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