Tag: Dirty Sox Kit

Lights, Camera, Action: Dirty Sox Kit

It’s that time of year again….

As you know, everything in a building has a contribution to indoor air quality. However, the HVAC System is the most referenced cause of indoor air quality concerns.

Contaminated outside air, mold and bacteria are thought to contribute to many health issues, which commonly are associated with the HVAC System. One reason being is that the HVAC System provides the perfect environment for mold, and bacteria to grow and become active.

By using our Dirty Sock Kit, your AHU can remain clean and disinfected, also increasing the time between cleanings.

In the Dirty Sock Kit includes a 4 oz Instant Powder Keg (coil cleaner), Fast Attack (HVAC sanitizer) to make 1 pint, 1 pint of First Strike Micro Coat Cooling (Coil Protectant) and gloves.

To learn more give us a call, and we will be more than happy to educate and/ or assist you.

shandiShandi Maddox, Corporate Client Services Representative of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for VAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Lights Camera Action: What’s that smell? Dirty Sock Syndrome

Q: What’s That Smell? A: Dirty Sock Syndrome



Click the above to watch a video on how to get rid of Dirty Sock Syndrome.

Below is a blog written by our Assistant Executive Director- Rachelle Tinley in October 2011. Wanted to reshare this blog for you, in honor of #FBF #FlashbackFriday .

Every year, during the fall and spring months, we get multiple calls from distraught homeowners,worried about foul odors coming from their central heating and air units. One such call came in two years ago, from an older gentleman in Texas.

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For almost an hour, he spoke with our customer service representative, describing his exhausting experience dealing with the stench known in the industry as Dirty Sock Syndrome. Nothing he had done seemed to help, including replacing his unit, cleaning his ducts, cleaning and replacing his carpets, and calling in multiple HVAC contractors looking for an answer. His next step was going to be to sell his house! As a last effort, he called up his unit manufacturer. Amana then told him about our Dirty Sox Kit.

Within a couple of days his local contractor applied the Dirty Sox Kit to his unit. About a month later, our customer service representative received a long, handwritten letter from the man. It was filled with gratitude and praise, not only for the service he received from her, but for the performance of the Dirty Sox Kit. It seemed like the kit was a lifesaver for his family! Our rep was so touched by the letter that she proudly read it aloud, and kept it hung up at her desk.

When homeowners switch their units from cooling to heating, unexpected odor issues can arise. At CRT, we are happy that our low cost, Dirty Sox Kit can solve this problem!

Here is the link to the original blog:
https://crttipster.com/2011/10/18/case-dirtysock/


539149_10151972004281060_1823289601_nKristen Bean, Assistant Marketing Director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Product Unleashed: “CRT’s Dirty Sox Kit Nose Best”

Have you ever walked into a business or home and automatically thought, “Wow! I smell feet.” I can almost, ALMOST guarantee you it is not your clothes, it is not you, it is not the person you are doing business with, or even the homeowner.

In most cases, it is that this individual’s building or home is suffering from Dirty Sock Syndrome. This does not mean that you have dirty laundry of some sort, though, if not contained will eventually transfer to your clothing and other surroundings. Dirty Sock Syndrome is a case where the HVAC system coils and other components have accumulated mold and other fungus due to microbes being in constant moisture from your HVAC’s condensation.

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Because our sense of smell is one of the biggest factors in our sense of comfort, Dirty Sock Syndrome (DSS) can be devastating to a family’s home, or place of business. Would you agree that “Home Sweet Home” does not exist if you too have “Dirty Sock Syndrome”? Home is where we go for comfort, where you raise your children, where you go to rest your head after a long days’ work. Not only will DSS cause you to become aggravated, it could also cause irritation to your nose, eyes, and throat.

If your business attracts Dirty Sock Syndrome (Especially where dealing with the public), it’s a given that inflow will drastically decrease until’ the smell is extinct.

The tricky thing to keep in mind is that a lot of products on the market do not work to eliminate the odor, but instead work as a temporary cover up. So, purchasing the wrong product could ultimately result in spending large amounts of unnecessary money.

The reasons above are why CRT developed an easy to follow, step-by-step, kit to end Dirty Sock Syndrome. CRT’s “Dirty Sox Kit” eliminates the odor by starting at the source of the problem – Ridding the unit of the already settled microbes. After cleaning any remaining debris from the coils with the provided coil cleaner, complete sanitation of the unit. Lastly, apply the coil coating to protect it from bacteria between cleanings.

With only a once a year application! CRT’s Dirty Sox Kit “nose” best!

I have attached step-by-step instructions below. If you have any questions, please leave me comments below. 🙂

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chasnewChasity Walker, Publicity Manager of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Feature: Flanagan Mechanical Services

Recently, Flanagan Mechanical services purchased our Dirty Sox Kit to take care of a clients’ horrible odor problem, I have posted John Flanagan’s (owner of Flanagan Mechanical Services) story of utilizing our Dirty Sox Kit and the benefits they received. You can read John’s story below –

If you have any questions, post them in the comment section – I am glad to answer any questions you may have.


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Flanagan Mechanical Services
Yardley, Pa. 19067

Dear Chasity,

I am writing this letter to serve as both, a hearty thank you and a testimonial to the value of your product. I will provide some generic background on our situation, in hopes of helping others understand the true value of the Dirty Sox Kit.

In the winter of 2010, we were offered to bid on the installation of a new HVAC system for an operating suite at a local hospital. Upon reviewing the engineered drawings, I noticed some issues with the design, and contacted both the general contractor and the engineer to discuss descoping the project, and helping them fix a few flaws before construction. Both parties declined, citing both schedule and budget.

My issues centered on the use of a standard, packaged HVAC unit for the job. With the high rate of ventilation air required, the room pressurization scheme, and the lack of communication available to connect to the Building Automation System, I felt they were under designed, possibly due to inexperience of the team in this type of institutional environment. Since there was unwillingness on their part to discuss these issues, I did not submit pricing, even though this is a major client for us.

Once the space was built out and testing started, the issues became evident. Room pressure control wasn’t working correctly, there was no ability to adjust or monitor space conditions, and shortly after opening he room, organic odors started, causing the room to be closed in fear of infection control issues.

The installing contractor made a list of determinations, and each one was addressed. First up was the roof. They claimed the odor was coming from the rubber roof membrane under the roof curb. The unit was opened and cameras were sent inside the curb, while air samples were taken. No indication of problems were found.

They next blamed the odor on approximately 100 feet of ductwork running across the roof. It was claimed wet insulation on the duct was causing the odor. All insulation was removed and replaced. The odor remained.

The final claim was organic growth in the walls due to poor construction. Walls were opened and tested. The wall cavities were found to be clean and odor free.

During all of this, I remained in contact with the facilities director. We had told him confidentially from the first sign of odor that it was likely organic growth in the evaporator coil which couldn’t be seen, and which only smelled as the mechanical cooling ran and created condensate to wet the growth. This theory was presented to the installer several times, and they swiftly rejected the idea.

Two years after all of the money was spent for roofing, duct insulation, labor and anything else they could think of, there was desperation to get this resolved. They still couldn’t reliably keep the operating suite open on a daily basis.

With that, I offered to let them try a product I had found online called Dirty Sox Kit. In fact, due to the volume of business we do with them, the length of time the problems had been occurring, and my inexperience with Dirty Sox Kit, I offered to purchase it for them with no charge to them whatsoever. After a review of the MSDS, it was deemed to be safe to use. Upon using the Dirty Sox Kit product as per the manufacturers’ instructions, the odor was gone immediately, and the room has been in continuous use for several months now with no return of the odor.

I am convinced that this is a valuable addition to our product offering, and recommend it anywhere that we run across stubborn evaporator coil odors commonly referred to as “dirty sock”. Had the installing contractor known about this product, they likely would have saved over a hundred thousand dollars on unnecessary other repairs outside of their original scope of work.

Chasity, please feel free to use this letter to help others understand the value of your products. You may also have any contractor or end user contact me via email for verification of my story.

Respectfully,

John Flanagan
President

E-mail: Johnflange@aol.com
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chasnewChasity Walker, Publicity Manager of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Case In Point: Customer Approved Dirty Sox Kit.

Controlled Release Technologies: 

We are very pleased with the results of your Dirty Sox Kit. Our technicians have commented on its ease of application and its wonderful results. Our customers are 100% satisfied with the kits application and have said that they have never had fresher smelling air come out of there vents. From customer service all the way through to the application our experience with your company has been exceptional.

We look forward to continued business with you.

Thank you

Carol Woodall

Woodall Heating & Cooling