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Insulation Replacement

Decontamination and Clean-Up After an Animal Problem

Insulation being installed in a home in Lithona, Georgia

Insulation being installed in a home in Lithona, Georgia

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.

Health Hazards of Animal-Contaminated Insulation

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.

Energy Losses from Animal-Damaged Insulation

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.

Insulation Replacement

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.

Insulation Replacement Gallery

Here are pictures of some of the insulation replacement jobs we've done in the Greater Atlanta area.

Please call us today for a no-obligation consultation.


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Here's Justin Reporting from an Insulation Removal and Replacement Job in Atlanta
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Oct 18, 2017 10:26:59 am.

Chris Found Rat Droppings in the Insulation in an Attic in Atlanta
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Oct 16, 2017 11:32:28 am.

Hew We are Cleaning Up after Animals in an Attic Before Installing New Insulation
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Sep 22, 2017 11:52:50 am.

Jason is Installing Insulation at a House in Kennesaw, Georgia
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Sep 22, 2017 11:23:26 am.

Here's One of our Techs Feeding the Insulation Installation Machine
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Sep 21, 2017 11:23:17 am.

Jason is at an Insulation Replacement Job in Marietta, Georgia
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Sep 20, 2017 11:32:41 am.

Here We Are on an Insulation Replacement Job in Decatur, Georgia
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Sep 19, 2017 11:05:09 am.

Here We are Installing Insulation in a House in McDonough Georgia
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Sep 15, 2017 09:50:57 am.

In This Video, We're Removing Contaminated Insulation from a House in Atlanta
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Sep 14, 2017 11:20:56 am.

Here's a Picture of Insulation Installed in the Attic of a House in Sandy Springs
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Sep 12, 2017 11:11:32 am.

We Found Animal-Contaminated Insulation in an Attic in Conyers, Georgia
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Sep 07, 2017 11:19:04 am.

Chris is On a Contaminated Insulation Removal Job in Smyrna, Georgia
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Sep 06, 2017 11:15:42 am.

Here We Are Removing Dirty Insulation from a House in Smyrna
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Sep 06, 2017 11:06:25 am.

Here's Justin Performing Environmentally-Friendly Insulation Removal in Atlanta
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Sep 05, 2017 10:02:37 am.

Here's a Picture of Animal-Contaminated Insulation in a House in Stone Mountain, Georgia
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Sep 01, 2017 08:59:48 am.

Here We Are Blowing Insulation Into a House in Marietta, Georgia
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Aug 31, 2017 12:10:22 pm.

Here's a Video of Carl and Chad Watching the Eclipse
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Aug 31, 2017 12:00:44 pm.

Here's Justin Removing Contaminated Insulation from a House in Stone Mountain
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Aug 30, 2017 11:27:02 am.

Here's a Video of Insulation Being Installed in a Marietta, Georgia Home
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Aug 30, 2017 11:21:06 am.

Here's a Video of Insulation Replacement at a House in Atlanta
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Aug 11, 2017 10:52:13 am.

Here's a Short Insulation Replacement Slide Show
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Aug 08, 2017 04:19:24 pm.

Carl Sent this Video Explaining Our Animal-Proofing Work Versus Our Competitor's
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Aug 08, 2017 08:49:01 am.

New YouTube Video: Contaminated Insulation Removal Job: Before and After
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Aug 08, 2017 08:44:06 am.

We Perform Environmentally Responsible Insulation Removal in Atlanta
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Aug 08, 2017 08:42:09 am.

The Atlanta, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides insulation replacement in all of Metro Atlanta, including the communities of Berkeley Lake, Buckhead, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Lilburn, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings.

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