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Old 02-10-2022, 04:11 PM   #1
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How can I clean out floor heat ducts

We have a Flagstaff 29RKWS that became infested with mice last Summer while in storage. After much searching we found the entrance point, sealed it and spent days cleaning out lights, A/C ducts and hidden places in the walls, but just recently realized that they also nested in the floor heat duct.


The air flow has become reduced and is notably odorous... I'm actually being kind saying that!

Does anyone have a solution to clean out those ducts?


I'm contemplating running an electricians 'snake' through the duct while vacuuming from the far end with my shop vac. Any better ideas or considerations to avoid damage?
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Old 02-10-2022, 04:16 PM   #2
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There are companies that do RV duct cleaning. Maybe you can find one in your area. A quick google search, I found this company in Michigan. I'm sure these types of companies are all over.

We used a duct cleaning service in our home, and it worked out great.

This is the Michigan link i found https://cleanairductsmi.com/services/rv-duct-cleaning/
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Old 02-10-2022, 04:16 PM   #3
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running an electricians 'snake' through the duct while vacuuming from the far end with my shop vac.
I would try two shop vacs, one blowing the other sucking at opposite ends before putting anything semi-rigid into that duct space... i don't believe the ducts are hard-walled...

push the blowing hose as far in as possible
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Thanks guys! Found a local company here in Myrtle Beach that can do it so I don't have to tolerate the smell until the end of March! lol


I never knew that HVAC companies would service an RV... I guess I'm not too old to learn new tricks.
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Old 02-10-2022, 04:36 PM   #5
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Thanks guys! Found a local company here in Myrtle Beach that can do it so I don't have to tolerate the smell until the end of March! lol
Good plan.
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That is great new. I didn't know they did that either.
Good luck and please let us know how it works out.
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Rodent waste can be very toxic to humans. As others have recommended, I'd hire a pro. Getting the solids out is only part of the process. You'll want to disinfect EVERYTHING as well...all contaminated surfaces. Rodent waste in your ventilation system is the ideal way to transmit disease. Using a shop-vac to inhale the waste is another good way to distributed it throughout the coach. A conventional vacuum filter is not adequate to prevent the fine particles from simply being passed through the filter and dispersed thoughout the space.
https://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/index.html
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