CAN CRITTER CONTROL HELP INSULATE ATTICS?
Many times, pest animals have been nesting inside your attic for a long time and insulation damage can occur in the form of ripped or soiled insulation.
New Hampshire Critter Control's trained technicians will let you know if a lightly stained area simply needs a spot clean or a total attic remediation. Properly insulating your attic will help you save money in the end — and we can help!
, following industry standards for cleaning. New Hampshire Critter Control's Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification certified firm.
There are some instances where creatures stick to one area of the attic, and the damage is contained.apparent only in one particular area and damage is contained to a specific portion of an attic. In these cases, Critter Control may only need to clean a small area. Our team will provide a quote for insulation removal cleaning and adding additional insulation.
If Your Attic Needs a Full Remediation
After a wildlife creature gets comfortable in your home, they will begin to use and soil your insulation, causing an unfortunate drop in heat in winter and vice versa in summer, each decreasing efficiency. In more extreme cases, missing insulation in the attic actually causes snow to melt onthe roof, causing more ice dams on roofs. Raccoons and other similar animals tend to cause complete attic destruction in one season, but smaller animals, like squirrels, take longer to cause the same amount of damage.
Because animals often end up living in attics, they naturally leave a lot of waste behind. Because animals take residence in attics, feces and urine tend to accumulate. Some animals will even dedicate specific areas to this (most commonly raccoons and flying squirrels). Odors may build up and are sometimes noticed inside the livable portions of the house, but sometimes not noticeable until warm summer heat.
Total attic cleanup is called "attic remediation". Very similar to the mold and fire remediation industry, we follow many of the same standards for attic cleanup, from worker protective Tyvec suits & respirators to working within self contained work enviornment with negative air scrubbers, you can be assured the soiling of your attic will not infiltrate your home.
The Remediation Process
- Insulation is removed by bagging fiberglass batts or loose fill insulation is removed with a special truck mounted insulation vacuum.
- The attic is then vacuumed with a HEPA vacuum.
- Use of ozone generators are sometimes used to kill odors in attics.
- Wood and masonry (chimneys) cannot be properly disinfected due to their porous nature so we employ the use of special "encapsulation paints" again, borrowed from the mold & fire industry, these paints seal wood and masonry, locking in odors from urine/feces and any bacteria and fungus which may have grown from the excrement of the animals. This encapsulation appears to be just white paint, but it's actually a high quality sealant.
- After the attic has been cleaned, we start the insulation process. At this point, it's most prudent to add as much insulation as is afforable. The more you add, the more your savings are. We recommend R-48. Adding insulation has the fastest ROI (return on investment) from the cost of the insulation until the amount you save ends up paying for the product.
For energy products, insulation has the fastest recoup on energy cost compared to windows, doors and solar. Coupled in with the fact that attics with missing or matted insulation are losing more heat, the recoup time is faster in these applications, but results will vary in every situation.
What if I don't have any animal damage, but I just want to add more insulation?
- "Capping" your attic is for you! "Capping" is simply adding more insulation to your current level.
- Installed in as little as half a day, attic capping is a great add-on to increase savings for your home.
- Houses built in the 70s or 80s generally only have a rating of R-19 (6 inches), while the current building codes for New Hampshire is between R-48 and R-60 (14–18 inches).
Our team is an IICRC certified firm, following industry standards for cleaning attic restoration and insulation. The picutre on the left is an airborne disaster and is the WRONG way to perform this service. Contact the professionals at Critter Control of New Hampshire for your attic restoration and insulation needs.
Critter Control of New Hampshire Service Area
Amherst | Auburn | Bedford | Biddeford | Chester | Concord | Derry | Dover | Durham | Exeter | Franklin | Goffstown | Hampton | Hooksett | Hudson | Keene | Laconia | Londonderry | Manchester | Merrimack | Milford | Nashua | Pelham | Pembroke | Portsmouth | Rochester | Saco | Salem | Somersworth | Windham
We also cover the following counties in New Hampshire & Maine: Hillsborough County | Strafford County | Rockingham County | Carroll County | Coos County | Belknap County | Merrimack County | York County | Cheshire County | Sullivan County | Grafton County
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Bluebird Enterprises, LLC, dba Critter Control of New Hampshire