Columbus Attic Insulation Services
Attics that are properly insulated can be considered an investment. If you only wish to add insulation to your existing level or "cap," it's even simpler than installing new insulation. Luckily, attics are one of the easiest places in a home to insulate.
Before determining if you want to add insulation, visit the Department of Energy's website to determine if your level is acceptable compared to the government's recommendation. There's a good chance that your current insulation does not measure up to the recommended level.
Warning: If you suspect that 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 the attic side. Seal around the duct where it exits the box. Seal the perimeter of the box to the drywall on the 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 any necessary 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 an air-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.
Call the professionals at Critter Control for all your attic insulation needs.
Attic & Chimney Restoration In Columbus
The animals have been removed from the attic, but you're not done yet.
Most homeowners don't consider the long-term problems that the mere presence of wild 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 visitors 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 animal(s) is removed.
Animal Waste Removal
Now, it's important to address the waste left behind in your attic and walls — do you really 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 Critter Control of Columbus.