A pest infestation can very often leave parts of your home or yard damaged or even completely destroyed. Depending on the animals and the amount of time they spent in your attic, the mess they leave behind can be either cleaned by yourself or you may need to call special services. In the case of prolonged infestations, the amount of waste and urine left by the wild animals is so large that a professional restoration of the attic is required.
If you have been dealing with wild nuisance animals for a while now, there is almost a 100% chance that your insulation is completely destroyed and contaminated. Contaminated insulation causes a very bad odor that can be rid of only by replacing the old insulation with a new one and sanitation of the whole attic. Moreover, it can also pose health threats to you and your family. Humans can contract a lot of diseases from pest droppings and the longer the animals have spent time in your attic, the more it will require professional restoration. Regardless of what kind of animal you have been dealing with – whether they were rodents, raccoons, birds, or bats – after their droppings and urine sit in a closed space for a very long time, they start to develop spores of bacteria. These spores become airborne and can be inhaled by humans, which can then lead to contracting a disease. What is more, a scent left by the animals will attract other pests in the future, hence why it’s so crucial to sanitize the attic, fix the damage, and replace the insulation.
If you’ve been dealing with a pest infestation for 1 to 3 weeks, then quite possibly you will require attic restoration. Before the clean-up takes place, the offending pests must be trapped or excluded from the property.
The cost of attic and crawl space restoration will depend on the company that you contact, but also on how big the area is, how much insulation needs to be replaced, and how much animal droppings must be removed and cleaned. Most companies calculate the cost through square footage.
Companies such as Wildlife X Team Tulsa typically start with identifying the wild animal – professional teams can tell by the damage what kind of pest has been causing all the trouble. Usually, raccoons are the animals to cause the most damage, whereas bats can dispose of the biggest amount of waste in the attic. A wildlife removal company will start with safely removing contaminated insulation, cleaning the area, sanitizing it, and then placing down the new insulation.
We’re all familiar with the concept of attic insulation, but the truth is, not everyone understands why this is done, or what the main purpose of attic insulation is. In this article, we’ll be talking about the importance of attic insulation, and how you can prevent your insulation from getting damaged over time.
The main purpose of attic insulation is to make your home more energy-efficient. The less insulated space is, the more it will lose heat (or cool air, in the summertime) because there is no barrier between your home and the outside world. This leads to a huge rise in heating or cooling bills.
Well, let’s say it’s winter and you’ve turned the heating on, to make your home comfier. As hot air accumulates inside your home, it will begin trying to escape into the cooler outside world, since that’s just how airflow works. But when your home has been insulated, the air becomes trapped inside that insulation, and forms a barrier, preventing the heat from leaving your home. In the summertime, alternatively, insulation can make for an excellent retainer of cool air.
Obviously, you’re not just going to insulate the attic, since a one-sided barrier wouldn’t be that efficient in minimizing energy loss. Ideally, a home ought to have insulation in the attic, basement, and walls, in order to form a compact box, and truly prevent the heat or cool air from escaping.
Quite a bit! If your attic is not insulated, then you’re losing more air, and subsequently will need to invest more in heating or cooling your home. So learning how to stop that air from escaping can actually cut down significantly on your overall energy costs.
It also makes the attic livable.
One of the main reasons why people tend to use the attic as storage space is that it’s either too hot or too cool for any other purpose. It’s certainly too extreme in temperature for living in, so what else are you gonna do with it?
Well, attic insulation actually cuts that problem, as well. By insulating the attic, you’re regulating the room temperature which in turn makes the attic more livable. This can mean an extra bedroom, an exercise or playroom, or even a study.
Certain types of insulation act as an efficient barrier between water vapors and the structure of your home, taking the “hit” instead. In time, this can reduce the risks of home destruction or the need for repair based solely on moisture damage.
And since attic insulation keeps the overall temperature of your home at a more reasonable level, it will also prevent the pipes in your home from freezing in the winter, and bursting. As such, it’s a great investment in your home, not to mention a way to increase the overall value of your property.
In many ways, attic insulation seems like a veritable superhero protecting your home. But even insulation can become damaged, in time. While insulation damage can be the result of ice dams, or mildew, the most common culprit here is nuisance wildlife. Animals taking up residence in your attic can trample and tear the insulation, rendering it unusable.
This is why it’s important to schedule wildlife removal inspections, and remain vigilant about wild animals in or around your property, as they may cause extensive damage.
Wildlife X Team Tulsa offers attic and crawl space restoration in the Tulsa area, so if you are in need of an attic restoration, we are the right team for you. If you are having problems with contaminated insulation or a bad odor, please get in touch.