What To Do When There's A Dead Animal Inside Your HVAC System

When it comes to pest removal from the home, you usually either do it yourself or you hire a local pest control company to find and eradicate the problem for you. There is, however, one scenario where you might need some additional professional help. If a rodent or another small animal has somehow died within your ductwork or another part of your HVAC system, you might want to contact a local HVAC professional to assist with the problem. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you ever find yourself in this situation.

Follow the Smell If You Can and Disinfect

First is the actual removal of the pest or rodent. Chances are high that you realized there's something dead inside your system thanks to the smell coming up through your vents. If possible, use the smell to trace the source of the problem. You may have to open up some of your ductwork to find the exact spot where the rodent or pest is located. Make sure you wear protective safety gear, including a covering for your nose and mouth. You can then attempt to disinfect the area after the removal. If the pest or animal is in an especially difficult-to-reach place, you might need a local HVAC professional to help you disassemble part of your HVAC system in order to ensure that no additional damage is done.

Figure Out How It Got In

An animal or rodent doesn't just show up in your HVAC system uninvited. It got in because it found an opening somewhere. You can have a pest control professional check most of your house, but you may also want an HVAC professional to look closely at your ductwork. Duct systems can sometimes develop small rips or tears, and these openings can allow uninvited visitors inside of your HVAC system. What's worse is that the small rip or tear is also likely making your entire HVAC system run less efficiently.

A Regular Inspection Can Help

For best results when it comes to keeping your home and ductwork free of unwanted guests, you should get your HVAC system inspected by a professional at least once a year, including an in-depth look at your ductwork. If an HVAC professional finds and corrects a developing problem with your ducts during an inspection, you'll remove a possible entry point for the next animal, rodent or pest to come along.

To learn more, contact an HVAC contractor.