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Doggie Residue, who knew?

 

One day, Heather was driving down the road listening to the radio when there was a down pour. She looked around the window trying to see a clear pathway to get home. She had her dog, Leon, in the car, and he was being no help. Finally, Heather and her dog had arrived home. They sprinted inside and were still drenched from the rain.  Heather goes to dry off Leon with a towel just as he decides he wanted to pull a Taylor Swift and “shake it off.” Water is going everywhere, causing more of a mess than before. Fur is flying through the air, the house smells like wet dog, and everything is chaos.

A couple of days go by, and the odor has not been resolved. The odor reminded Heather that she needed to get her Air Ducts cleaned. So she calls Crystal Clean Duct Service for an Air Duct Cleaning in Manassas, VA.  She was very thankful that Crystal Clean was able to help her beyond her reach, and Leon’s reach.

Don’t think you have to clean up every mess alone.

Crystal Clean Duct Service can help you.

Call Crystal Clean Duct Service for your FREE estimate today!

1-844-CCDUCTS (223-8287)

Manassas, VA

 

Stay Fresh, Stay Clean, Crystal Clean. 

April Showers, Bring May Flowers..... And More Showers

You’ve heard the saying right? April showers bring May flowers? Well so far the month of May has been quite the wet and polluted season. People are sneezing and coughing so much that it’s hard to tell the difference between a head cold and allergies.

Bradley lives in a smaller home with his wife, Janet, just off Centerville Road in Manassas, VA. He had his car in the shop and had to walk to work just five blocks away. When he was just about to get off his shift, he noticed the pouring down rain then realized he forgot his umbrella at home. So he walked home as his shift ended in the pouring rain. By the time he made it home, his clothes were dripping wet and causing him to shiver so much that that his sneezing was uncontrollable and he was unable to form a sentence. His wife took his clothes to put them in the dryer. 30 minutes later the dryer went off, and the clothes were still dripping wet. Not thinking about it, she turns on the dryer again for an additional 30 minutes. She continued this cycle repetitively four more times. Janet realized that something was wrong with her dryer. She called Crystal Clean Duct Service to come inspect it. Turns out, her heating element had a massive clog in it. Her face was petrified when Crystal Clean showed her how massive the clog was.  

So take a moment to think about the last time you were going somewhere and you had to dry your clothes briskly and they weren’t dry enough. Did you get mad at the dryer or wonder whether if something was wrong with your system? Then think again to second guess yourself?

Don’t second guess yourself, ask another opinion today.

Crystal Clean Duct Service can help you.

Call Crystal Clean Duct Service for your FREE estimate today!

1-844-CCDUCTS (223-8287)

Manassas, VA

 

Stay Fresh, Stay Clean, Crystal Clean.

 

Bees Knees Weather Causing Allergies for You and Your Home

Are allergies getting the best of you this season? I know they were for Julia. We just helped our new customer, Julia, to make her air allergen free to help her breathe better. Julia lives in a suburban area in Ashburn, VA where most neighbors have gardens and pets. She has compared herself to Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer because of how the pollen is affecting her.

Now that the sun is out and the temperature is picking up, the flowers are blooming; the pollen cause problems for not only you, but also the others around you.

When you get home from day to day activities, you feel like you’re safe in your home, correct? Away from pollen because the plants are outside and you might not have animals to be allergic to. Well that’s where you are wrong. Inside your home there is an air duct where the pollen and pet hair gets sucked up and pile up in your vents preventing any fresh air to flow through your home. This means your allergy season could be longer than just a few days or weeks.  In the meantime, you are buying a copious amount of tissues and Claritin slowly turning yourself from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer to Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Take a moment to think to yourself: Do you remember when the last time you had your air ducts cleaned out? Did you even know that you had air ducts that needed to be clean? Feel like your home air isn’t as clean as you thought now that you think about it?

Crystal Clean Duct Service can help you.

Call Crystal Clean Duct Service for your FREE estimate today!

1-844-CCDUCTS (223-8287)

Manassas, VA

 

Stay Fresh, Stay Clean, Crystal Clean. 

Cleaning What Should Be Cleaning

Things to remember when moving on your own:

-Choose wisely

-Take advantage of freebies

-You can ask for help

-You can’t always vacuum away the mess

-Don’t injure yourself

 

Last week, an apartment customer called in need of an appointment for a dryer vent cleaning in Manassas, VA. This is a new customer who moved out on her own for the first time; she had never been away from mom and dad before now. In her apartment is a stackable washer and dryer.  She figured she didn’t have to pull the lint out of the vent, she could vacuum the lint up herself. Realizing that the dryer is on the top part of the stackable machines, she lifted the vacuum to try to get closer to the vent. Imagine, cleaning the dryer vent that should be helping your clothes get clean. Our new customer is holding a vacuum, that’s the same size as her, to clean off the lint in the back of the dryer. After all of that stress on her muscles trying to keep everything balanced, she ended up injuring herself. She realized that despite moving into the city on her own, she didn’t have to do all the cleaning alone. That’s where we came in.  After she explained the story in making the appointment, we started getting everything scheduled, then made our way to her apartment.

Moving into a new place is hard, especially when you live alone. Remember, you don’t have to be alone and do everything yourself. Let us help you make your move and settling in easier by helping you clean what should be cleaning for you! 

Call Crystal Clean Duct Cleaning Service for your FREE estimate today!

1-844-CCDUCTS (223-8287)

Manassas, VA

 

Stay Fresh, Stay Clean, Crystal Clean

Ease Asthma Caused by Fuzzy, Furry or Feathered Friends

Pets are the best. Here are some reasons why:

  • They get you dates.
  • They alleviate depression.
  • They clean up your kitchen messes, happily.
  • They help you live longer.

However, since no man or beast is all good or bad, there are things you should know about your pets when it comes to allergens and asthma. Dogs, cats, birds and other pets naturally shed dander, a combination of dead skin cells and fur. Dander is a huge trigger for allergic reactions, but you don’t have to suffer! To get control over seasonal allergies related to pets, all you have to do is:

Clean frequently. This is the most effective way to minimize pet-related asthma and allergies. Vacuum rooms that your pet likes to hang out in and empty the vacuum bag or canister immediately. You should also change the air filter on your heating and A/C system every 3-6 months and dust the outsides of your air vents to minimize allergic reactions.

Get an expert air duct cleaning. When we clean the air ducts in your home, we remove dirt, dust and airborne contaminants like pet dander that you can’t access with regular home tools. (Think of it as the difference between seeing a doctor to treat a complicated illness and treating it yourself.) We’ve got the supplies and knowledge needed to significantly improve the indoor air quality of your home and the efficiency of your HVAC system.

At Crystal Clean, we want to help you coexist peacefully with your furry, fuzzy or feathered friends. When allergies aren’t a problem, everyone is happy!

Best Practices for Preventing Dryer Fires

Did you know that the primary cause of clothes dryer fires is failure to properly clean them? Or that dryers and washing machines accounted for 4.5% of all home fires that occurred in 2010?

We are huge advocates of home safety education. Millions of dollars in structural damage (not to mention lives) could be saved if more people were aware of basic fire prevention measures related to home appliance use. Since clothes dryers are one of the leading causes of about half of all home electrical fires, we’ve compiled a helpful list of prevention strategies with the help of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

1. Leave it to the professionals. Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional. These people are trained to hook up your machines properly and make sure that the connection and gas line are free of leaks if you have gas-fueled appliances. They’ll also come out once a year to remove the accumulation of lint inside the vent pipe that leads outside.

2. Clean the vent pipe. Few people are aware that lint from your clothes builds up over time and clogs up the vent pipe leading from your dryer to the outside. This buildup forces your dryer to work harder and be less efficient, and if the pipe gets hot enough, the lint can ignite and cause a fire. In addition to cleaning the lint filter in your dryer, you should also think about the lint that builds up in the vent pipe. If you can’t access the vent pipe yourself, be sure to call Crystal Clean Duct Service at (571) 364-6588.

3. Don’t stress out your dryer. Just like people don’t enjoy being overloaded with stress, dryers are happier and work more efficiently when they’re dealing with a manageable load of clothing. You want longevity in your expensive appliances, and this is an easy way to add life to your investment.

4. Turn it off. When you leave home or get into bed, your dryer should take a break, too. The worst time for a fire to happen is when you’re sleeping, but if you’re not home when one starts you can’t call for help in time to stop the fire from consuming your whole house and all of the precious stuff inside.

Be safe, be smart, and happy drying!

Allergies Worsened by Dirty Air in your Home?

If you’re keeping a clean home, don’t overlook your ducts.

Did you know that there is a National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA)?  They set standards for companies qualified to service your heating and cooling systems including those focused on cleaning ducts to improve the quality of air in your home. Service providers like Crystal Clean Duct Service, who have the required talent and state-of-the-art cleaning and maintenance equipment to remediate common problems in air ducts, are certified by NADCA.

Wondering why cleaning your ducts is so important if you’ve never even heard of it? Let’s put it this way:  NADCA reports, “In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through every day living. Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. The system takes air in and breathes air out.”  If your heating and cooling system re-circulates contaminants and air pollutants throughout your home 5-7 times per day, that’s a lot of undesirable and potentially harmful exposure to conditions including mold spores, dust, chemicals, bacteria, fungus, pet dander and pollen.

Speaking of pollen… In Manassas, Warrenton and surrounding areas, the pollen forecast for mid-May is “VERY HIGH.”  Indoor particle concentrations can be even higher than outdoor levels, and air ducts are a prime breeding ground for allergens as well as other airborne contaminants. Consider contacting Crystal Clean Duct Service to have your entire duct work and air system scrubbed clean, so that you can breathe better. If you’re noticing discomfort from dust and allergens in your workplace, ask your company to invite Crystal Clean Duct Service in to remedy that situation.

 

 

 

MANASSAS, VA / April 28, 2015

WINE ENERGY EXPANDS BUSINESS FOOTPRINT ACROSS PRINCE WILLIAM, FAUQUIER AND LOUDOUN COUNTiES WITH EMPHASIS ON CRYSTAL CLEAN DUCT SERVICE TO MEET DEMANDS OF NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION

Additions and Expansions of Upscale Residential Communities Translates to More Residents Needing Duct Cleaning and Dryer Vent Cleaning Services

MANASSAS, VA / April 28, 2015 – Wine Energy, a company with offices in Manassas and Warrenton, is well-known locally as the next generation of E. E. Wine’s family brand. While the Wines have experienced decades of growth across their fuel delivery, vehicle maintenance, heating and air conditioning, and WI-NOT-STOP® convenience store businesses, the rapid growth of upscale residential communities in Prince William, Fauquier and Loudoun Counties has driven the demand for Wine Energy’s newest company, Crystal Clean Duct Service.  

In Loudoun County, new residential construction permits for 2015 have nearly doubled since 2010. Last month in Fauquier, the number of home purchase contracts was 15% higher than they were the year before, with a corresponding $50,000 increase in the median home sale price and in 18% increase in homes available for purchase. While Prince William’s housing market is not far from what it was in 2014, neighborhood expansions in Woodbridge, Haymarket and Gainesville continue; March 2015 saw a 16% increase in total homes sold as compared to February. Massive neighborhoods such as Dominion Valley, Piedmont, and Brookside are right in the heart of the area served by Crystal Clean Duct Service.  

In response to the continued growth of these and other new Northern Virginia communities, Crystal Clean Duct Service has expanded its service area to penetrate Prince William, Fauquier, Loudoun and beyond. The company has also ramped up on talent certified by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. “With any new construction or renovations, duct systems are infiltrated by dust and dirt, contaminating the air in homes and reducing the efficiency of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems,” says Michael Wine, President of Crystal Clean Duct Service. “With high humidity or dampness during construction, ducts can become a breeding ground for mold spores that just grow over the years,” he adds. Crystal Clean Duct Service aims to solve such problems.

A blog on the EPA web site emphasizes the value of even the most basic maintenance activities, suggesting that simply “cleaning the lint screen before each and every load of laundry can save an average of $34 per year (www.energy.gov).” Wine adds, “Logically, cleaning the dryer’s vents or an entire duct system brings exponential savings.”

Another reason why people seek out Crystal Clean Duct Service is a result of increased fire prevention awareness. Failure to clean dryer vents is identified by FEMA as the leading cause of clothes dryer fires. The agency’s report specifies that dust, fiber and lint are the primary causes of ignition (www.usfa.fema.gov), which can occur beyond the dryer itself, in the ducts leading outside.

Cleaning dryer vents is just one of Crystal Clean Duct Service’s offerings. Comprehensive duct cleaning is made possible through the use of the industry’s gold-standard equipment. High-powered vacuums with 8” hoses are used to remove contaminants hiding in duct systems. Mini-cameras are available to scope duct systems and check for problems such as gaps in sealing. Crystal Clean Duct Service applies a detailed ten-step methodology to whole-house duct cleaning. Registers and boots are hand-cleaned, the entire duct work is air scrubbed under negative pressure, the main return grill is removed and cleaned, and specialized tools are used to access and clean the inside of the main trunk lines and plenums. With the company’s complementary expertise in heating and air conditioning systems, a multitude of other services are available. Air handler panels can be removed and cleaned so that that the blower fan, combustion chamber, electric motor and cabinet may be cleaned. “In some cases,” says Wine, “customers are ready for newer, more efficient heating and cooling systems, and we’ve been installing and servicing those for years.”

Wine explains, “People invest in maid services and carpet cleaning all the time. They don’t realize that they’re missing cleaning the air. Lint, dirt, and airborne contaminates like bacteria, fungus, mold spores, pet dander and pollen can live in the ducts and vents, which require special cleaning techniques.” Wine points out that duct cleaning can improve the quality of air that people breathe, alleviate allergy and asthma symptoms, decrease the cost of running heating and air conditioning systems, and increase the efficiency and safety of clothes dryers.

About Wine Energy, the Parent Company

For over half a century, Wine Energy’s impressive fleet has delivered heating oil to commercial properties, farms and residences with fuel tanks. The company runs 11 WI-NOT STOP® convenience stores that are popular in Fauquier, Prince William and Manassas, with five WI-NOT STOP® Café locations serving home-cooked meals. Tucked away just behind Wine Energy’s headquarters at 9108 Centreville Road in the City of Manassas is their Quik Serv Auto Maintenance Center, an affordable and trustworthy vehicle service business. Crystal Clean Duct Service is Wine Energy’s newest line of business, now serving all of Northern Virginia.

Learn more about Crystal Clean Duct Service at http://www.crystalcleanductservice.com


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