What Should You Do If A Rodent Dies In Your Ductwork?

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Does your house have a strange smell that cannot be ignored? If so, the reality is that a rodent may have died in your home’s ductwork.

This is not an uncommon problem, but you need to know which steps to take to resolve it so that the smell doesn’t continue lingering.

In this article, we will offer you several steps that you can use to resolve this issue and get the air inside your home smelling good once again.

Step #1 – Find The Source Of The Smell

The first and obvious step (if you haven’t done it already) is to find the source of the smell then if you know for certain that it’s a small rodent, you should be prepared to remove it from your ductwork.

Before removing the rodent, make sure that you’re wearing rubber gloves and have cleaning supplies to safely clean & disinfect the area where the rodent died.

Once you dispose of the rodent the next step is to also disinfect any area that the rodent may have touched. This is important because you want to also eliminate the possibility of anything lingering that it may have brought into the house.

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Step #2 – Plug The Hole In Your Ductwork

After cleaning and disinfecting the ductwork where you found the rodent, the next step is to plug the hole in your ductwork where the rodent entered.

Thankfully, there are many DIY kits and how-to videos that you can use to plug your ductwork so that other rodents cannot enter your home in the future.

Step #3 – When In Doubt, Hire A Professional To Help You

If you’re unable to find where the rodent entered the ductwork in your home, and that smell is still lingering, the best thing is to call an HVAC professional.

At Dave’s Cooling And Heating, we have decades of HVAC repair/installation experience.

We will save you the time, money, and hassle of resolving furnace or HVAC issues yourself.

To learn more about the services that we can offer you, contact us today by calling (301) 401-2780 or click here to connect with us online.

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