RICHLAND, Wash. — Dozens of snakes were found in a residential home in Richland after a routine HVAC maintenance procedure.

BF Power VAC recommends thorough duct cleaning within your home or business every three years.

They say although snakes are not common it is common to find rodents and debris that can cause recurring illnesses such as a cold.

To better prepare for summer, Owner Shawn Mattoon said a routine checkup can make the difference.

“Though most people see them as an unneeded expense it can save them in the long run”.

He said, “The cleaning that we do helps improve the efficiency and longevity of the equipment in their home and in their businesses.”

Experts say by routinely cleaning your HVAC system it can help shorten the life span of most viruses and bacteria that is recirculating around your residence.