Repair Attic Pest Damage
You removed the pests from the attic, but is there more work to be done?
A pest invasion in your attic can create multiple problems that many homeowners have not considered. One main problem is commonly ectoparasites. Ectoparasites may move from the attic to inside the home if they were nesting in your insulation. Bat bugs, mites, ticks, and fleas are just some of the ectoparasites that are a cause for concern. Ask our EcoWise Specialists to inspect your attic and treat for these pests. If you're worried about the use of pesticides in your home, just ask for our EcoWise brand of botanical pest control products. These products are safe and allow you to feel confident about the control products used in your home.
Let our attic restoration professionals remove your soiled and damaged insulation and replace it with new, energy-efficient insulation options. Our EcoWise specialists can prepare insurance bids with most major insurance companies to help you 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.
Attic Insulation Repair
Attics are one of the easiest places in a house to insulate, especially if you'd like to “cap” your existing attic insulation (add insulation to what you already have). The correct amount of insulation in your attic will help reduce your energy bills.
Before insulating or deciding whether to add insulation to your attic, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s website, to see if your existing insulation measures up to current government recommendations.
Our attic insulation specialists measure your existing insulation during our intial pest inspections and can help you determine if you need adjustments to the amount or type of insulation in order to meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s guidelines. Many insulation materials can be difficult to work with, so let the professionals at Wildlife Management EcoWise Pest Control Services do your insulation installation.
If an animal or pest has made it's way into your attic, you probably have insulatoin damage. We can remove insulation that has been soiled/damaged and dispose of it for you.
Warning: If you think you have vermiculite insulation in your attic, there's a chance it could contain asbestos. Don't disturb it. Only insulation contractors certified to handle and remove asbestos should deal with vermiculite insulation.
Insulation Installation Tips
Here are some insulation tips to consider before installing any type of insulation in your attic:
- Seal all attic-to-home air leaks. Most insulation does not stop airflow.
- Duct exhaust fans to the outside. Use a tightly constructed box to cover fan housing on attic side. 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.
Wildlife Management EcoWise Pest Control Services are available throughout the United States and Canada. If you are not in the Minneapolis area, please call 1.800.274.8837 to find an office near you. We have the professional wildlife management solutions you need!
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