When animals like rats, squirrels, bats, raccoons, or even mice get into your attic, they often make a mess of the insulation. This causes odors, health risks, and often loss of heating and cooling efficiency. That's why Rid-A-Critter recommends that customers consider replacing their attic insulation if it's been contaminated or seriously damaged by nuisance animals.
Animals damage insulation in several ways. They contaminate it with their urine, feces, and other bodily fluids; they tear it up to use as nesting material; they scratch and damage the vapor barrier with their claws; and sometimes they pull it down from the walls for no apparent reason at all.
No matter what the reason, though, contamination of or damage to insulation by animals is a serious matter.
When animals contaminate insulation with their urine or droppings, the insulation itself can serve as a breeding medium for bacterial and fungal pathogens. These organisms can eventually make their way into the living areas of your homes (almost immediately if you have forced-air heat or central air-conditioning).
In addition, odor problems can be aggravated by contaminated insulation, which can absorb, and then slowly release, the substances that are causing the odors. There's really no good way to address this problem other than replacing the contaminated insulation. It's not the sort of stuff you can send out to the cleaners.
Obviously, when animals damage insulation in an attic (or any other place, such as a basement or crawl space), they affect its insulating efficiency. We've seen situations where animals like raccoons have completely stripped all the insulation from the walls and rafters. Why? Who knows. Maybe just to be ornery.
Replacing animal-damaged insulation will restore your home's energy efficiency. It may even make it better than it was before. Today's insulating materials are more efficient than the ones used years ago.
Rid-A-Critter started offering insulation replacement years ago as an add-on to our animal removal services, and that's still the case most of the time. Over the years, however, we've gotten so good at it that we sometimes get calls from customers who don't have an animal problem. They just want their insulation replaced.
That's because at Rid-A-Critter, we take pride at being the best at everything we do, including installing insulation.
When we do an insulation-replacement job, we strip out the old insulation (and cart it away for you); clean, decontaminate, and deodorize the substrate, if needed; and replace it with top-quality insulation of the type best-suited for the house and preferred by the customer. We install fiberglass, foam, and blown-in insulation, as appropriate to any particular job.
The difference that new insulation makes always impresses us. The place just smells cleaner. The energy savings can also be considerable, especially in older homes where the old insulation was less efficient than the products available today.
If you've had an animal problem, then chances are your insulation has been contaminated or damaged. If so, you really should consider getting it replaced. Please contact us for a no-obligation inspection and consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.
Here are pictures of some of the insulation replacement jobs we've done in the Greater Atlanta area.
Carl setting up to remove contaminated insulation
Attic insulation replacement in Sandy Springs
Batted Down Insulation Needs Replacement
Carl carting away contaminated insulation
Dirty insulation in the attic of an Atlanta home
Animal contamination is completely removed
Foam insulation application in a crawl in Atlanta
Reinsulation job in an attic in Lithonia, Georgia
Contaminated insulation being disposed of
Entry hole and matted insulation in Douglasville
Insulation replacement job in Decatur, Georgia
Insulation installation in Fayetteville, Georgia
Blown in attic insulation installation in Atlanta
Contaminated insulation removal in Atlanta
Removing contaminated insulation in Dulth
Insulation installation in Atlanta, Georgia
Foam insulation being applied in an Atlanta crawl
Contaminated insulation in an attic in Atlanta
Insulation removed from a Peachtree City home
Insulation replacement job in Conyers, Georgia
Professional insulation removal equipment
Contaminated insulation removed from an attic
We can handle ANY insulation installation job
Raccoons pulled the insulation right off the walls
Insulation installed in a Marietta, Georgia attic
Please call us today for a no-obligation consultation.