Attic Insulation Services
A properly insulated attic will help reduce your energy costs, and an attic is a particularly easy place in your home to "cap" (add insulation to). Much of the heat loss inside your home is due to inadequately insulated attics.
Before you determine whether or not you'd need to add insulation to your attic, visit the US Department of Energy's website to determine whether your current insulation meets the minimum requirement or not. There is a pretty good chance that it doesn't meet the standards.
If you'd like, our attic insulation specialists can measure your current insulation during our Animal Entry inspections and determine if you should add more insulation in order to measure up to the DOE's guidelines. The majority of attic insulation materials can be quite difficult to work with, so let our professionals dispose of your attic insulation and complete the installation of your insulation.
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.
There are several tips we recommend considering before you install any type of insulation inside your attic:
- Seal any leaks that occur where your home meets your attic. The majority of attic insulation does not restrict or stop airflow.
- Duct exhaust fans to the outside of your home.
- 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 chimneys 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 (generally 3 inches) for equipment that produces heat, found in an attic, such as flues, chimneys, exhaust fans, and light housings/fixtures unless the light fixtures are insulation contact (IC) rated. IC-rated lights are airtight and you can cover them 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.
- Make sure you install insulation and seal around 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 building a new house or even just doing renovations, 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 make sure the insulation is an appropriate depth. A good rule of thumb for checking insulation depth, as well, is to make sure the insulation is at least to the joists. The decking then should be installed securely to the top of the raised lumber after the insulation has been installed.
Chimney Repair, Restoring & Repairing Attics
The wildlife animal is gone, but there is still work to be done. Homeowners often think that after the animal has been removed, the problem is solved. The fact remains that there can still be extensive damage to your home.
- These animals can be carriers of ectoparasites, which after the wildlife host has been evicted, can move inside the home searching for a new host — YOU. Bat bugs, ticks, fleas and mites are just a few of the ectoparasites you need to be concerned about. Bats in the attic, mice in the attic and more are all known to bring these pests into your home.
Ask our Wildlife Management Specialists to inspect your attic and treat for these critters after your wildlife animal has been removed.
You still have to consider the mess the animal will leave behind in your attic. You don't want that accumulation of waste above you when you're sleeping. Raccoons are infamous for using a single spot in your home as a bathroom and utilizing a separate space as their living area.
This can result in matted attic insulation and lowered "R" values, which can lead to money lost in higher energy costs as you continue to heat and cool your home. It can also lead to ceiling stains and unpleasant odors.
Our attic restoration professionals will get rid of soiled insulation and replace it with your choice of insulation. Our specialists can prepare insurance bids with participating insurance companies (most major insurance companies) and repair your attic in little to no time. From attic fan vent guards, gutter protection, roof vent guards, gable vent closures and soffit vent repairs, our team can do it all with a single call to Critter Control of San Jose.
Many of these nuisance animals cause problems to your chimney as well and require professional chimney repair. For all of your attic insulation tips, attic repair, attic restoration and chimney repair needs, contact your local Critter Control office.