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Contaminated Insulation Replacement

Cleaning up the mess the critters left behind

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

Animals like rats, squirrels, bats, raccoons, and mice can be pretty rude. Not only do they move in to our attics and live rent-free, but they don't even have the courtesy to keep the place tidy.

When animals get into your attic, they often make a particularly bad mess of the insulation. Their urine and droppings cause odors and germs that can circulate through the home (especially if you have HVAC equipment in the attic), and the compacting, tearing, and clawing they do to the insulation can reduce its thermal efficiency, leading to higher heating and cooling costs.

Because there's no way to clean up contaminated insulation or to restore damaged insulation's efficiency, Rid-A-Critter recommends the replacement of attic insulation any time its been damaged by animals of contaminated by their wastes. This service is available as part of any attic animal control job we do or as an independent service.

Insulation and Health

Because of its structure, insulation makes a good breeding medium for pathogens. When it becomes contaminated with animal urine or droppings, the insulation can become a medium for the development of bacterial and fungal pathogens. These germs can get into your home and make you sick, especially if you have heating or cooling equipment in the attic.

In addition, dried animal droppings can form a dust that can contain fungal spores, which can become airborne (for example, when the animals run around) and then settle into the insulation. Obviously, there's no way to clean the insulation, so the only way to get rid of the dried droppings and the spores is to remove the insulation.

In addition to the disease risk, insulation can hold animal odors from urine, droppings, and bodily secretions, and slowly release it back into the air, causing a persistent odor problem. Again, because there's no way to wash the insulation, it has to be removed, discarded, and replaced by new insulation.

Energy Considerations

Animals reduce the thermal efficiency of insulation in two ways. The first way is by physically damaging it, which many animals do. Sometimes they tear it up to use it as nesting material, other times they damage the insulation or its vapor barrier with their claws by running on it, and sometimes they just pull it down for no apparent reason. Maybe they're bored.

The second way that animals damage insulation is by compacting it. This happens when animals "flatten" the insulation by running back and forth on it. Insulation that's been compacted loses most of its insulating efficiency. Compacted insulation is also a sign that the animals have been there for quite a while.

Replacement of Contaminated Insulation

Everyone has things that they're especially proud of, and for Rid-A-Critter, replacing dirty, damaged insulation is one of those things. First of all, we're very good at it because we've been doing it a long time and we take pride in our work. But even more so than the rest of the work that we do, there's a kind of immediate satisfaction from replacing insulation because it's the kind of job where you can immediately see -- and smell -- the difference.

Some of the insulation we see in attics that have had animal problems looks and smells really gross, especially on warm, humid days. When we remove that insulation (and sanitize the substrate, if needed), the place immediately starts smelling fresher and cleaner.

The other things our customers like about our attic insulation replacement (so much so that some of our insulation customers have never even had an animal problem) is that we do the whole job, start-to-finish, including hauling the old stuff away. We also use nothing but the finest insulating products available and install it with meticulous attention to detail. For older homes, where the existing insulation probably wasn't as efficient as the more modern products, the energy savings can be dramatic.

If you've had animals in your attic, then in all likelihood you have contaminated or damaged insulation that needs to be replaced. We'd be happy to provide a professional inspection and treatment estimate.

Insulation Replacement Gallery

Here are pictures of some of the insulation replacement jobs we've done in and around Macon, Georgia.

Please call us today for more information about insulation replacement or to schedule an inspection.

 

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One of our crews is replacing the attic insulation at a house in Perry, Georgia. The old insulation was contaminated with animal filth and needed to be removed to eliminate health hazards and odor problems.
by Webmaster
Sep 13, 2021 10:06:36 am.

New Video: Contaminated Insulation Replacement at a House in Zebulon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 28, 2021 09:46:36 am.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
Jul 23, 2021 06:29:58 pm.

This afternoon we'll be replacing the insulation in the attic of a house in Americus, Georgia. The old insulation needs to be removed and replaced because it's contaminated with animal droppings and urine.
by Webmaster
Jun 28, 2021 10:44:53 am.

Hope everyone stayed dry from the rain but if you got flooded with animals we can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 pm.

We can remove animals from the structure, as well as seal up your home, but if those pesky critters left behind any excrement, we offer cleanup as well as insulation replacement! Call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jun 18, 2021 06:34:50 pm.

Video of Attic Insulation Replacement at a House in Columbus, Georgia
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Jun 16, 2021 10:04:39 am.

Video of Attic Insulation Replacement at a House in Americus, Georgia
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Jun 16, 2021 09:59:14 am.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
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Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
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Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
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Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

The Animal-Damaged Insulation in a Macon, Georgia Attic Needs to be Replaced
by Webmaster
Jun 10, 2021 10:54:05 am.

Nuisance Animals Flattened Out the Attic Insulation at a House in Valdosta, Georgia
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Jun 08, 2021 11:10:49 am.

The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 07, 2021 07:24:17 pm.

This afternoon we'll be replacing the insulation in the attic of a house in Warner Robins, Georgia. A handful of young raccoons who spent the winter in the attic made a real mess of things. All of the insulation will have to be removed and replaced.
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Jun 02, 2021 10:04:42 am.

Today we're replacing the attic insulation at a house in Americus, Georgia. The old insulation had to be removed, along with several tons of bat guano.
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by Jason Arruda
May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

Jason and Justin are on their way to remove and dispose of the filthy, animal-contaminated insulation in the attic of a house in Americus, Georgia. They'll also be installing new, energy-efficient insulation to replace the old stuff they're carting away.
by Webmaster
May 25, 2021 10:40:46 am.

We're finishing up an attic animal-removal and animal-proofing job at a house in Columbus, Georgia. All the critters are gone. Now we're removing, disposing of, and replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
May 24, 2021 09:49:53 am.

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May 21, 2021 06:06:17 pm.

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
by Amber A.
May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
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May 11, 2021 06:58:32 pm.

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May 04, 2021 10:23:55 am.

What a Monday! Hope everyone stays safe out there!
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May 03, 2021 06:03:57 pm.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
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Apr 30, 2021 06:13:44 pm.

Busy time for animals in the house which means lots of calls to get that contaminated insulation replaced!
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Apr 09, 2021 06:09:14 pm.

Video of Attic Insulation Replacement at a House in Forsyth, Georgia
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Apr 07, 2021 10:03:57 am.

Hope everyone stays safe from the storms. Listen out for animals, they might be taking shelter too!
by Amber A.
Mar 17, 2021 05:45:47 pm.

Today is a wonderful day to call Ridacritter for all of your nuisance animal exclusion needs! We cover rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and more!
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Mar 12, 2021 02:54:13 pm.

Warm weather brought out calls for several animals today! From Snakes, to squirrels, mice and bees!!
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Mar 10, 2021 07:41:48 pm.

The Macon, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides insulation replacement in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia and the surrounding areas including Albany, Americus, Barnesville, Byron, Centerville, Columbus, Cordele, Culloden, Eastman, Fitzgerald, Forsyth, Fort Valley, Gray, Griffin, Hawkinsville, Juliette, Kathleen, Milledgeville, Perry, Roberta, Sylvester, Thomaston, Tifton, Valdosta, Warner Robins, Yatesville, and Zebulon. We are fully licensed and insured.

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