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Insulation & Sanitation

Although it is rarely thought of and seldom seen, the insulation in your basement, crawlspace, and other storage areas are incredibly important. If your insulation is properly installed and in good shape, your home will be more energy-efficient and less inviting to pests. You will also be able to rest well knowing that you don’t have contaminated insulation that can affect your health and well being.

Inspection

Have a certified professional inspect your current insulation along with identifying if there is any pest activity.  All pest activity needs to be eradicated before new insulation can get installed. This ensures that the new insulation doesn’t get recontaminated.

Insulation & Sanitation

Once the pest activity has been eradicated then the next step is to remove the old and/or contaminated insulation and sanitize the area.  Sanitation is always recommended as well especially if you find mold, moisture, rodent urine, rodent droppings, rodent nesting materials or even worse dead rodents. Insects can also use your insulation for nesting material along with carrying infectious diseases. We will make sure that any contaminants found in the affected area will not spread to the rest of the house during the removal process. Once the old insulation has been removed and the area has been sanitized, it’s time to install the new insulation. The type of insulation that is installed and how much of it you need will vary. Our team will guide you through the process and will outline the recommendations, along with what the advantages and disadvantages of each option. 

 

Spray Foam Insulation VS Eco-Friendly Mineral Wool Insulation

 

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray Foam Insulation

The higher the R-Value of an insulation product the more effective the insulation. The high R-value of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) makes it more effective at reducing air leakages than any other insulation. Closed-cell polyurethane foam insulates 50% better than traditional fiberglass and cellulose insulations. SPF can reduce 40% of the home's energy lost through air infiltration and exfiltration.

Polyurethane spray foam is also a vapor barrier that protects buildings against moisture. Protective barriers prevent the occurrence of mold and mildew, therefore it can be used for outdoor applications as well as indoor applications. Its strong and solid structure adds structural support. Spray foam is also used to reduce noise and to provide heat and moisture control. SPF reduces the transfer of airborne sound thus acting as a sound barrier through doors, walls, or floors. It also improves the air quality by sealing out allergens.

Spray foam is durable, long-lasting, and cost-effective. Spray foam insulation may be a bit more expensive than the traditional cellulose and fiberglass insulation, but when compared to the energy savings the investment in spray foam makes economic sense.

 

Eco-Friendly Mineral Wool Insulation 

Eco-Friendly Mineral Wool Insulation

Adding Eco-Friendly Mineral Wool insulation to your home is the best way to lower your carbon footprint. The added protection from the elements means you use less energy to heat your home and retain your air conditioning longer. There are other benefits of eco-friendly insulation too:

l Safe and Sustainable Materials: Natural and sustainable are buzz-words across the consumer goods spectrum and for good reason. One of the best benefits of eco-friendly insulation is that they generally contain less harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Most cause less skin, eye, and upper respiratory irritation, and many are made of recycled materials - diverting waste from landfills.

 Lower Manufacturing Costs: Embodied energy - the manufacturing cost of producing something - is very high in some insulation types such as fiberglass, which can take up to ten times the energy to create than cellulose insulation. Environmentally friendly materials such as cork, wool, or even shredded denim require minute amounts in comparison.

 Energy Savings: The best of the benefits of eco-friendly insulation is that it helps you be green elsewhere. Better insulation means you need to burn less gas or fuel to run your furnace. Additionally, green alternatives can also provide a much higher R-value per square inch!

Insulation Checklist

Here is a list of things that need to be done before the installation day arrives:

  •  The space needs to be properly ventilated to allow fresh air to enter the area and to remove potentially contaminated air from the area.
  • Wear rubber, latex, or vinyl gloves when cleaning area.
  • When removing items be sure to place them into an area that is well-ventilated and has direct sunlight for proper inspection.
  •  Some contaminated materials, such as clothing, books, etc. can be decontaminated, and items that are no longer needed can be discarded.
  • Note that a dust mask may provide some protection against dust, molds, and insulation fibers, but does not protect against viruses.
  • Wash hands well with soap and warm water when done.

Our Policy

Before service can begin all items must be covered or removed from the treatment area. This is to ensure all items are protected and safe from damage.