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Poor Indoor Air Quality
Our homes experience a phenomenon called stack effect. Stack effect is the differences between pressures from low pressures to high pressures. Inside our homes, this difference in pressures is so small and insignificant, that we can't even tell it's going on most of the time. HOWEVER, our homes can definitely tell.... Every day, the air from inside our house enters in through leaks and cracks in our building structure, whether its from windows and doors, electrical outlets, or where different framing member materials come together (for example... where wood meets concrete), this air the exits through another opening taking with it our "conditioned" (aka...heated or cooled) air. All of these leaks add up to one thing, air exchanges in our homes and decreased comfort.
In the winter time, the cold dry air, enters into our homes or businesses, and the warm, moist air rises up, finding leaks, and eventually makes its way into our attic space. In the summer time, the opposite happens, the hot, humid air from the attic spaces enters into the home, and tries to make its way to our basement (coldest room). It's natures way of equalizing temperature (convective looping) and pressures (stack effect).
What does all this mean? When this convective loop and stack effect are allowing air to be infiltrated or exfiltrated in our buildings, it is also carrying with it, all of the nasty, dirty, contaminants from within our building shell (walls, attics, etc...) to be brought into the air that we breath everyday. This disgusting air could be one of the main reasons for changes in patterns with our health, such as sicknesses, seasonal allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems, and the list goes on and on.
Poor indoor air quality could be improved by removal of existing insulation, proper air sealing, and proper material selection and installation. When all of these factors are considered, the home/business will be much safer to live in.
Pest (rodent or other) damage
Animals like mice, squirrels, raccoons, bats, and others can get into attic spaces. Once inside they tend to destroy the insulation products. They damage the products by crawling through the insulation, sometimes using it for bedding purposes, or by defecation (feces). These contaminants, if the pest is not removed quickly, can cause serious health concerns to human beings, as well as cause cosmetic damage to the building structure. If a pest were to get into your home or attic, it is best to play it safe, and have this material removed as soon as possible. TNT can even have a disinfectant and odor neutralizer sprayed in your attic space to make it safe again!
Water damage can also occur in your home. This can be a result of a roof leak, ice damming, or excessive heat and humidity leaking into your attic space from the living areas.
Sometimes the only cure to solving ice damming, and excessive heat loss into an attic space, is to remove the existing products to determine the exact root of the cause. By removing insulation, our technicians will properly be able to diagnose the problems, and solve them, to eliminate your problem for good.
If there is a roof leak, sometimes the only way to ensure that mold, mildew, and other problems don't arise, is to get the insulation and water out immediately. Did you know that there is a window to get things dried out? Mold takes 72 hours to form, once water is introduced, before a problem can start to grow.
If you are in the market for a remodel, or are a remodel contractor yourself, insulation removal may be necessary for other trades to complete their work. Or in order to save the time, hassle, and keep the site cleaner and healthier during the demolition stage. Contact us for the removal of fiberglass batting, blown-in fiberglass, and blown-in cellulose insulation.