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DucTales – Providing the cleanest indoor air quality


Based on an interview with Paul Schulze, Blackmon Mooring Vice President

In 1948, Blackmon Mooring founders began a furniture re-upholstery business in Fort Worth. After the Trinity River levee broke in May of 1949, our founders were there to help clean up in the aftermath of the major flooding. It was their first foray into disaster recovery and would eventually lead to a full line of restoration services, such as HVAC/Air Duct Cleaning, that would continue on as the Blackmon family owned business we know today.

When I joined the company in 1985, we had already proceeded to build the technology of what is known today as the best foundation of air duct cleaning standards, source removal. We helped pioneer the source removal technique and over time, indoor air quality became an integral part of our service lines. For Blackmon Mooring, this early foundation was driven by the need to restore systems infiltrated with smoke and soot. We then advanced through related studies that showed how cleaning air ducts was often more cost effective than duct replacement in improving the quality of our customer’s breathable air. It’s relevancy to every project we undertake, for example, is to start with the basic fundamental processing of cleaning air first, whether inside ducts or the mechanical system. It just makes sense to provide the cleanest air possible when restoring our customer’s lives.

With advancements in technology ever changing, we prided ourselves in staying on the forefront. In the last 28 years of my own personal experience in air conveyance cleaning processes, there have been many significant changes in the air duct cleaning industry that have impacted the way Blackmon Mooring does business. Examples of these improvements would be through increased inspection standards, improved safety standards, more work planning and smarter engineering.

The daily standards of why and how to effectively perform services have changed as well with advancements in standards to decide to replace versus clean. For example, there have been advancements in the materials used for services such as fire-rated service door openings, coil pan restoration and other products such as preventative coatings. The recognition of materials as an EPA-registered product safe for use in air conveyance systems is another significant change over the many years. Finally and foremost the definition of clean by NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) and the performance standard to the definition of clean was a significant advancement that allows Blackmon Mooring to provide the highest level of service in the industry.

Although there have been many changes in the air duct cleaning industry and it will continue to evolve, one thing remains the same: Blackmon Mooring’s commitment to great customer service while providing the cleanest indoor air quality possible.