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Areas in your home that need to be well insulated include the attic, walls, crawl space and basements.
Before installing any new insulation get an inspection by a licensed insulation contractor or check with your local building code for R-value recommendations and any vapor barrier requirements that apply to your area. Insulation R-Values varies by location, it is important to know the R-Value required in your area before commencing the installation.
In crawlspaces and basements, make sure there are no cracks in the foundation, if there are any cracks the best way to seal them would be using mortar mix. There is no getting around it: If your house is in a cold climate, keeping it warm in winter is expensive. The Department of Energy estimates that a properly insulated attic can shave 10 to 50 percent off your heating bill. It works the opposite way for warm climates; in summer, it helps stabilize your house’s indoor temps to keep cooling needs in check.
Three important reasons why attic cleaning is important, health concerns, a decontaminated attic removes any health concerns associated with germs, spores and bacteria from rodent feces, urine, and nests. This is especially true if rats or mice have defecated or urinated in attic air ducts that circulate air throughout a house. Odor concerns, a sanitized attic eliminates any odors caused by rodent’s feces and urine or dead animals, Lastly, Home resale value, a clean germ-free attic with new insulation should impress potential home buyers. It shows your commitment to attic cleanliness. No home buyer should tolerate an attic covered with rodent droppings. I’m sure you’ve stayed away from your attic and may be concerned about the air quality in your home. Rats and rodents are not the sole infestation problem we have to contend with by any means, but they certainly are a major contributor to damaged insulation, pipes, air ducts, and wires in many people’s attics.
The common reasons why homeowners need to remove their insulation are; either because the insulation is too old and has lost its R-value, rodents have nested in the insulation, the insulation has been water damaged and it leads to mold or mildew, and lastly in very rare occasions the insulation is smoked damaged.
Attic clean-up starts with the removal of rodent droppings, removing rodent nests and debris. Rodents bring with them harmful parasites, viruses, and other bacteria that can linger in your attic. Rodents urine and droppings bring other problems like foul odors that can stay in your home for a long period of time.
It’s important to clean up the mess left behind by rodents and restore the attic to its clean previous condition. Most importantly is for you to understand the dangers involved. Rodent feces, including those from bats, raccoons, rats, mice, squirrels, birds, possums are considered hazardous and carry terrible diseases. These diseases can be passed on to humans.
Contaminated insulation leads to an accumulation of moisture and the growth of bacteria, mold, mildew, and will eventually lead to wood rot and roof damage. Additionally, the contaminated air holds harmful microorganisms (mold, mildew, bacteria, viruses) which can leak into your home or enter your home’s HVAC system. If this air is carried throughout your home, it can exacerbate allergies, asthma, and respiratory issues, and be hazardous to your overall health and wellbeing.
WHAT IS PROVIDED FOR ATTIC CLEANING
Removing old insulation is not easy, having the right equipment and personal protection can help a lot to get the job done. It is important to periodically have inspections of the attic and crawl space to catch any problems before they get to bad. In a worst-case scenario, the insulation may require removal in order to eliminate pre-existing materials that are dangerous and harmful (sometimes hazardous), like vermiculite that contains asbestos. Insulation has life expectancy of about 20 years. Rodents nesting in the insulation is the primary reason in the United States why homeowners need to replace the insulation. It is impossible to effectively clean insulation since most insulation materials are made out of fiber. Any attempt to clean or vacuum insulation will be inoperative, as insulation absorbs rodents urine and scents. In these specific cases damaged insulations need to be removed to efficiently eliminate rodents scent and areas should be disinfected to kill bacteria left by rodents. Removing contaminated insulation is an important improvement for your home since damaged insulation can cause structural damage and can directly affect the air quality inside your home. Poor air quality can cause major health issues and put you and your family in danger.
It is recommended not to disturb rodent’s fecal matter unless you’re wearing proper safety equipment. Safety equipment includes a respirator that will filter the airborne pathogens to prevent respiratory disease. Attic cleanup services can include, removing junk, rodent droppings, nests, dust, and debris.
Why homeowners must remove old insulation?
The attic insulation removal equipment and supplies needed for your project will be determined by the type of insulation to be removed. You will have one of two types of insulation in your attic, sometimes both; your attic will have been previously insulated with Blown-In also known as loose-fill Insulation or Batt Insulation. Blown-in Insulation is typically white, pink, brown, black, or gray in color and is a loose material that falls apart when you pick it up. Batt Insulation is most commonly pink, gray, or yellow but can also be found in white or brown and its form is a thick 4-inch to 12-inch mat of material around 16-inch or 24-inch wide by 4 feet long. When searching for insulation removal company it is very important to use a professional, experienced company. Trioteam has trained professionals that will provide you with a thorough an honest inspection of your attic or crawl space to help you determine if any work needs to be done.
There are a variety of insulation materials that can be use such as fiberglass, cellulose, rock wool, polyurethane foam, etc. Insulation comes in different forms such as loose fill, batted and hard foam. Before installing insulation, it is recommended to seal any gaps with hard foam that allow unconditioned air into the space that you are insulating. Areas that need more attention would be around light fixtures, plumbing tubes, electrical wires, ductwork etc. Choosing the right type of insulation for your home can be difficult since there are many different insulation types. Some insulation options would be, loose-fill-fiberglass, cellulose, fiberglass-batt insulation, rockwool, denim-insulation, spray-foam insulation, etc.
BENEFITS FOR INSTALLING INSULATION
Fiberglass can be thought of as thinly stretched strings of glass, which are then bunched together to make a batt. Foam insulation, which is installed on the underside of the roof, is similar to foam expelled from a spray can that then hardens, on a larger scale. Since we do not install foam insulation for several reasons, let us come for an inspection and we will assess your situation and will recommend the best insulation option in your case.
If you’re not sure which type of insulation to install, we, at Trioteam can help you decide which insulation will best fit your home needs.