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Atlanta Insulation Replacement and Contaminated Insulation Disposal

The nozzle of an insulation installation machine blowing insulation into the attic of a house.

When animals like rats, squirrels, bats, raccoons, or even mice get into your attic, they can make a mess of the insulation. This causes odors, health risks, and 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 wildlife.

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 flatten it out by running over it, which destroys its insulating ability; 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, however, 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. This can happen almost immediately if you have forced-air heat or central air-conditioning, especially if the air-handling equipment is in the attic.

In addition, contaminated insulation can cause odor problems. Most insulating materials can absorb, and then slowly release, the substances (that is, animal droppings and urine) that are causing the odors. There's really no other way to address this problem other than replacing the contaminated insulation. It's not the sort of stuff you can put in the washer or 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 also 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. Or maybe they're just bored.

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 much 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, cart it away, and resposibly dispose of it; 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 the 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. Animal-contaminated insulation is unhealthful. Please contact us for a professional inspection and consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

Metro Atlanta Insulation Replacement Gallery

Here are pictures of some of the insulation replacement jobs we've done in and around Metro Atlanta.

Please call us today for an in-person inspection and consultation.

 

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Middle to South Georgia squirrels in the attic? Protecting homes since 2001 against wildlife. Everyone have a fun and safe weekend.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 03, 2021 03:50:03 pm.

Just finished up on a free quote in Albany Ga. Afterwards I was able to let the customer know that the noises they’ve been hearing are squirrels. Now headed to another in Macon Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 01, 2021 11:07:54 am.

Good morning! Headed to Birmingham to quote a client with a multitude of rodent issues squirrels in the attic and rats in the crawl space. Then off to vestavia for squirrels and raccoons. Then to mccalla for more squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 01, 2021 09:20:33 am.

The wildlife might be out of your house but they probably left something behind - like urine and feces, YUCK! Call us for quote to remove contaminated insulation and blow new back in! We can help!
by Amber A.
Nov 29, 2021 06:21:45 pm.

After we get the critters out of your home,?we also replace the insulation if you want it
by Christian H.
Nov 29, 2021 10:11:13 am.

A gap between the stone walls and the roof soffit trim allowed roof rats into the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia. Rat control technicians are on their way to set traps for the rats that already got into the house, and seal the gaps to keep rodent pests and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 24, 2021 11:01:48 am.

Outside wildlife is beautiful, but not so much if it’s in your home! We can help you keep the animals out! Give us a call for humane removal, and exclusion!
by Amber A.
Nov 19, 2021 09:33:12 am.

Busy day. In Tuscaloosa we have a customer with a bad wildlife problem. They have raccoons, rats, and squirrels. Got my crew in Birmingham for an exclusion for rats.
by Chris Scott
Nov 18, 2021 10:51:23 am.

Good morning everyone! Headed off to Birmingham lots of wildlife activity. My guys are sealing some houses today with raccoons and rats. Call Ridacritter (205) 490-6200 for any wildlife issues you have.
by Chris Scott
Nov 16, 2021 07:45:16 am.

Did you know mice don’t like the cold? If they choose your home to get warm in, give us a call. We can help!!
by Amber A.
Nov 15, 2021 06:59:47 pm.

The Truth is that Only Non-Chemical Pest Control will Solve this Douglasville, Georgia Rat Problem
by Webmaster
Nov 12, 2021 11:00:29 am.

Headed out to Alabaster and then Tuscaloosa. Got some quotes for customers with squirrel issues. Couple crews out sealing houses in the Birmingham area for some squirrel and mouse issues.
by Chris Scott
Nov 10, 2021 09:24:24 am.

It’s ok to get your Christmas decorations out of the attic a little early, but it’s not ok if you see some furry friends up there hiding in the boxes! If you have some extra visitors, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Nov 09, 2021 08:23:47 am.

Exclusion work for squirrels at a duplex in Fayetteville this morning. Metal roof with about 90’ of drip edge, and 70’ of ridge vents to seal up.
by Chris G.
Nov 08, 2021 08:06:40 am.

Sealing a problem job in Douglasville this morning. They just got a brand new roof and now there are gaps everywhere. Holes busted out of the soffit and construction gaps are wide open all around the house.
by Chris G.
Nov 05, 2021 09:18:35 am.

The squirrels are in the lead for most calls this week! Lots of squirrel activity with this chilly weather! Give us a call for an estimate to animal proof your home.
by Amber A.
Nov 05, 2021 08:33:53 am.

Another squirrel exclusion in Fayetteville this morning. 150 feet of roof line and holes all through the soffits.
by Chris G.
Nov 04, 2021 08:51:13 am.

Doing repair checks on a few older jobs today. Have a great day today everyone.
by Chris G.
Nov 03, 2021 08:52:34 am.

Finishing up a big job in Fayetteville this morning. Going to get this house sealed nice and tight. Have a great day everyone.
by Chris G.
Nov 02, 2021 09:42:56 am.

Hope everyone had a good Halloween! Don’t let the animals trick you into making your home their home too!! If they do, we have some treats to get them out! Give us a call!
by Amber A.
Nov 01, 2021 07:34:48 pm.

Sealing a big house in Fayetteville this morning. 350 feet of roof line and a lot of ground work. These customers are dealing with Bats, Rats, Squirrels, and Raccoons. It’s definitely going to be an interesting house.
by Chris G.
Nov 01, 2021 10:56:00 am.

Squirrels, bats & mice, oh my! Cooler temperatures bring more animals. Give us a call for a free estimate to remove the nuisance wildlife and animal proof your home!
by Amber A.
Oct 29, 2021 06:11:08 pm.

Leaving Hoover in route to Alabaster for another squirrel quote. Doing a couple of exclusion jobs in the Birmingham area today. Hopefully the rain holds off long enough to get these houses animal proofed.
by Chris Scott
Oct 29, 2021 09:42:05 am.

Rat Exclusion in Powder Springs this morning. 170 feet of roof line and multiple holes in the soffit to fix. I hope everyone is safe out in this rain today.
by Chris G.
Oct 29, 2021 09:08:03 am.

Doing some repair checks this morning around Atlanta. Hopefully I can get these houses buttoned up, and keep the animals out.
by Chris G.
Oct 28, 2021 09:38:13 am.

We carted about a ton of smelly old insulation away as the first step of replacing the attic insulation at an Atlanta home. The insulation needed to be replaced because it was heavily contaminated with animal poo and pee from critters living in the attic.
by Webmaster
Oct 27, 2021 10:25:46 am.

While most litters of squirrels are at least 4+ wks old by now, there are always a few late bloomers! If you suspect activity in your attic, give us a call for an estimate!
by Amber A.
Oct 27, 2021 09:59:04 am.

We just finished removing animal-contaminated insulation from the attic of a house in Kennesaw, Georgia. It's a necessary part of most animal-removal jobs unless they're caught very quickly, right after the animals get into the attic. Otherwise, the insulation soon becomes contaminated with urine and droppings.
by Webmaster
Oct 27, 2021 09:58:53 am.

Squirrel exclusion in Dunwoody this morning. Going to secure metal drip edge along the roof line, and seal any hole we find with wire mesh and foam.
by Chris G.
Oct 27, 2021 09:52:27 am.

Finishing up an insulation job in Rome today. We’re going to make it looks nice for these customers when we are done.
by Chris G.
Oct 26, 2021 09:12:39 am.

Ridacritter teams are all over Alabama and Georgia this week removing all kinds of critters from homes. The best way to get rid of rats, bats, squirrels & mice in Atlanta, Macon and Birmingham is to call Ridacritter.
by Richard Adcock
Oct 25, 2021 08:21:25 am.

In Warner Robins Ga. today finishing up a bat exclusion installing Ridge Guard on the ridge vents. Then I’m going to Mount Plesant Ga. for another exclusion quote.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 25, 2021 08:18:08 am.

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

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