Bats, birds, raccoons and all other wildlife can wreak havoc in your attic space once granted access. An attic restoration is an important measure to take once these critters have been removed to prevent health risks to you or your loved ones. There is always the potential for histoplasmosis from bat or bird droppings. If your attic space needs a full restoration we will remove all insulation, sanitize re-insulate, all up to the building code for your area. The removal of waste will be treated the same as any other hazardous material situation. Our technicians will wear respirators and boot covers, we will also plastic off areas and if needed use air scrubbers to pull any pollutants out of the air. The waste will then be removed by a high powered vacuum through a hose, emptying into a HEPA filtered bag outside or with a 45 gallon air tight construction bag. The insulation is almost always removed through an open gable vent or window closest to the attic, only in rare and extreme circumstances would we transport the bags through the home. After your attic space is clean, we then sanitize it with a portable atomizer to kill off any fungi or bacteria that may be present. Last, but not least, we reapply new insulation with the correct R Value to code. We offer a wide range of insulating options.
Histoplasmosis is an infection caused by breathing in spores of a fungus often found in bird and bat droppings. It is most commonly transmitted when these spores become airborne. Some symptoms are; fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, dry cough and chest discomfort. Effective treatments are available for even the most severe forms of Histoplasmosis. A full attic clean-up or restoration is key in removing these spores from your home.
Attic restorations can become a great expense due to the work and materials involved. The damages to your home by a nocturnal mammal may be covered under your Homeowners Insurance policy. We work with insurance providers on a daily basis providing them all the information needed to cover your restoration. If your restoration is not able to be covered under your insurance, we will work with your budget to find a plan that fits.
Blown-in insulation is specified by R-value, but this is not the same as inches of thickness installed. It's a calculation of quantity of material needed to reach the desired density and height of coverage in the attic space. To reach the desired R-value, it's important to follow the package labeling. The minimum number of bags per 1,000 square feet is based the area that's being insulated. Blown-in insulation is highly compressed in the bag. The blowing machine is designed to open up the insulation material, fluff it, and then blow it out through the hose at the rate you set to achieve the specified coverage and R-value. A useful guide for determining the proper amount of insulation is to divide the space into four equal parts. Then you can figure how many bags should go into each quarter of the attic space. For example, if you have 24 bags of insulation, you would blow six bags into each section.