Attic Insulation Services
Attics can be a great investment if you insulate it correctly. If you want to add insulation to your existing level of insulation, this is even easier than installing all new insulation. Attics are one of the easiest places in a home to insulate.
Before you determine whether you want or need to add to your existing insulation, visit the Department of Energy's website and compare your insulation level to that of the government recommendation. The average insulation level does not measure up, so there's a good chance yours won't.
Our attic insulation experts can take stock of your current attic insulation level during our Animal Entry inspections and we will tell you if you should add insulation per the DOE's guidelines. Attic insulation materials can be notoriously difficult to work with. Critter Control of Toledo's professionals will do the dirty insulation-handling work for you. We will also dispose of any insulation that has been damaged.
Warning: If you think you have vermiculite insulation in your attic, there's a chance it could contain asbestos. Don't disturb it. Only attic insulation contractors certified to handle and remove asbestos should deal with vermiculite insulation.
Here are some insulation tips to consider before installing any type of insulation in your attic:
- Seal all attic-to-home air leaks. The majority of attic insulation doesn't stop airflow.
- Duct exhaust fans to the outside. Use a tightly constructed box to cover fan housing on attic side. Make sure you seal around the duct where it exits the box. Seal the perimeter of the box to the drywall on attic side.
- Cover openings—such as dropped ceilings, soffits, and bulkheads—into attic area with plywood and seal to the attic side of the ceiling.
- Seal around chimney and framing with a high-temperature caulk or furnace cement.
- At the tops of interior walls, use long-life caulk to seal the smaller gaps and holes. Use expanding foam or strips of rigid foam board insulation for the larger gaps.
- Install blocking (metal flashing) to maintain fire-safety clearance requirements (usually 3 inches) for heat-producing equipment found in an attic, such as flues, chimneys, exhaust fans, and light housings/fixtures unless the light fixtures are IC (insulation contact) rated. IC-rated lights are airtight and can be covered with insulation.
- Make sure insulation doesn't block soffit vents to allow for attic ventilation.
- Check the attic ceiling for water stains or marks. They indicate roof leaks or lack of ventilation. Make repairs before you insulate. Wet insulation is ineffective and can damage your home.
- Also insulate and air-seal your attic access if it's located in a conditioned part of the house.
- You'll want to properly insulate and air seal any knee walls—vertical walls with attic space directly behind them—in your home as well
- Finally, if you're constructing a new home or remodeling, make sure any attic decking, which provides additional storage space or a platform for an HVAC unit or hot water tank, is raised above the ceiling joists to ensure proper insulation depth. The decking then should be installed securely to the top of the raised lumber after the insulation has been installed.
ATTIC & CHIMNEY RESTORATION IN TOLEDO
The wildlife offender has been removed from your home, but your problem is not fully resolved yet. What about the damage they caused and waste they left behind?
Most homeowners don't even consider long-term problems the mere presence of wildlife animals can present for your home, and what it can mean for you. These animals carry ectoparasites (parasites that live outside their host). After their wildlife host is eliminated, the ectoparasites will move into homes to locate a new host (...you). Mites, ticks, and fleas are just a few of the ectoparasites you should be concerned about. Mice in the attic, bats in the garage, raccoons in the yard, or various other vistors are notorious for bringing these pests in.
If you'd like, our Wildlife Management Specialists will inspect your attic and treat for these critters, after your problem species is removed.
*If you're worried about the use of pesticides in your home, ask for our Eco-Wise brand of botanical pest control products and feel confident in your decision about the products used under your roof.*
Animal Waste Removal
Now, it's important to address the waste left behind in your attic and walls. Do you want these disease-riddled droppings above your head?
Raccoons are known for using a single spot in your home as a waste area, while using another part of your attic as their living area. This can lead to soiled attic insulation and reduced “R” values, which means you continue to lose money as you continue to heat and cool your home. It can also lead to unsightly stains on ceilings and an incredibly unpleasant odor.
Our attic restoration professionals will get rid of soiled insulation and replace it with your choice of insulation products. Our specialists can prepare insurance bids with most major insurance companies and get your attic back in shape in no time. From gutter protection, attic fan vent guards, roof vent guards, gable vent closures and soffit vent repairs, our team can do it all with one single call.
Many of these pest animals also cause problems to your chimney and require professional chimney repair. For all your attic insulation tips, attic repair, attic restoration and chimney repair needs, contact your local Toledo Critter Control office.