Attic Insulation Services
The proper amount of attic insulation will help reduce your energy bills, and attics are an especially easy place in your home to "cap", or add insulation to. Most of the heat loss in your home is a victim of drafty, inadequately insulated attics.
Before you even decide whether you need to add insulation, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s website, to see if your existing attic insulation measures up. There's a good chance that it doesn't measure up to government standards.
If you'd like, our attic insulation specialists measure your existing attic insulation during our Animal Entry inspections and let you know if you need to add more insulation to match the U.S. Department of Energy’s guidelines. Many attic insulation materials can be difficult to work with. Let the professionals at Critter Control do your attic insulation installation. We can also remove attic 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 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. Most attic insulation does not 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 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.
RESTORING & REPAIRING ATTICS and Chimney Repair Services
The wildlife animal is gone, but there's still work to be done
Homeowners sometimes think all is well after you remove the animal, but the fact remains that there can be a lot of damage to your home.
- These animals can carry ectoparasites, which after the wildlife host is evicted, may move inside the home looking for a new host — YOU! Bat bugs, mites, ticks and fleas are just some of the ectoparasites you need to be concerned about. Mice in the attic, bats in the attic or various other visitors are notorious for bringing these pests in.
Ask our Wildlife Management Specialists to inspect your attic and treat for these critters, after your problem species is removed. Worried about pesticide use in your home? Just ask for our Eco-Wise brand of botanical pest control products and feel confident about the control products used under your roof.
What about the animal's mess left behind in your attic? Do you want that above you when you sleep? Raccoons are notorious for using a single spot in your home as a bathroom and using another part of your attic as their living area. This can lead to matted attic insulation and reduced “R” values, which means you continue to lose money as you heat and cool your home. It can also lead to stained ceilings and unnecessary odors.
Our attic restoration professionals will get rid of that soiled insulation and replace it with your choice of insulation materials. Our specialists will prepare insurance bids with the majority of major insurance companies and repair your attic 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 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.