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  • Insulation Removal on US Air Force Reserve Base
  • Attic Cleaning at Google offices
  • Insulation Removal at Toyota offices
  • Attic Cleaning at AAA offices
  • Attic Cleaning at State Farm offices
  • Insulation Removal at Wells Fargo branch
  • Attic Cleaning and Insulation Removal for Caltrans offices
  • Insulation Removal at off campus housing
  • Bird droppings cleanup in parking deck

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Small Space Attic Cleaning - San Diego
Small Space Attic Cleaning – San Diego
Small Space Attic Cleaning – San Diego
Attic Debris Cleanup - Rancho Santa Fe
Attic Debris Cleanup – Rancho Santa Fe
Attic Debris Cleanup – Rancho Santa Fe
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa

Recent Posts

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Blown Insulation Vs Batt Insulation
February 10, 2016 Attic Guys
Blown Insulation vs. Rolled or Batt Insulation

When installing insulation in your home, there are several important decisions to make. These decisions…

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September 16, 2015 Attic Guys
The Benefits of a Well-Insulated Attic

Most people know, as homeowners, that they should probably insulate their attic, but what are…

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Attic Condensation
May 1, 2014 Logan A
Causes and Solutions For Attic Condensation

Condensation in the attic is a serious problem that must be addressed by homeowners. If…

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Tips on How To Clean Your Home’s Attic

When it’s utilized correctly, the attic offers an enormous amount of additional storage space. Rather than tossing all of your unused furniture and boxes into the guest bedroom, you can store them in the attic where they are out of your way. Unfortunately, most homeowners allow their attic to succumb to an enormous amount of clutter, dust and debris, turning this area into a non-functional mess. With a little bit of work, however, you can regain control of your attic.

Finished attic: photo by Real Buried Treasure.

Tip #1) Remove Debris and Damaged Insulation

You can’t expect to maintain a clean attic if it’s riddled with debris. If you haven’t done so already, go through your attic and start pulling out any debris and trash that you come across. This may include damaged insulation, wet cardboard boxes, pine straw, etc. It’s not a bad idea to bring a trash bag up to the attic so you don’t have to worry about dropping any debris on your home’s flooring.

Tip #2) Consolidate Boxes

Assuming there are boxes stored in your attic, you should go ahead and consolidate them into a more organized pile. Perhaps you could take the contents of two boxes and consolidate them into one to save space, or maybe you can rearrange them into a more orderly fashion. Going through all of the boxes in your attic might seem might a monotonous task (which it is), but you might be surprised to see just how much space you save by doing so.

Tip #3) Dusting

Do you remember the last time you dusted your attic? Whether it’s been a month, a year or never, you should go back through your attic to give it a good dusting. Don’t worry about hand-wiping each and every exposed surface in your attic, but instead use a pole-attached dusting device to perform a quick dusting. Removing the dust and cobwebs will not only make your attic look clean, but it will also discourage spiders from living here.

Tip #4) Look For Moisture

When you’re cleaning your attic, look around to see if you notice any areas of free-standing water. Allowing your attic to suffer from excessive moisture — whether it’s from high humidity or a leaking roof — can essentially damage any boxes or items stored here. The bottom line is that you must identify and eliminate sources of water to create a safe, clean attic.

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Centipede Infestations In The Attic

Next on our list of common attic pests are the creepy, crawly — and oftentimes dangerous — centipedes. Not to be confused with the harmless millipede, centipedes are fast, venomous insects that are capable of growing over hundreds of legs. Although their bites are rarely fatal (only some of the larger tropical species pose a serious threat), they still have a painful bite that may become infected if not properly cared for. This is why it’s important for homeowners to treat centipede infestations at the first sign of a problem.

House centipede: photo by Kerry Wixted.

Fact: Centipedes Are Attracted To Water

If centipedes are a problem in your attic, there’s a good chance that water is leaking or building up somewhere in it. Most homeowners notice centipedes in the kitchen or bathroom, as these areas typically contain water. However, centipedes will travel to any part of the home where water is present, including the attic.

The first step towards treating a centipede infestation in the attic is to remove standing water. Centipedes, like most insects, are naturally attracted to water. By removing water sources in your home, you’ll encourage them to stay outside rather than taking refuge in your attic.

Common Sources of Water In The Attic

  • HVAC condensation pan overflowing
  • Excessive humidity
  • Leaking roof
  • Poor ventilation

Note: if your attic experiences a high level of humidity, consider using a dehumidifier to help draw the moisture out of the air. Certain regions are prone to higher levels of humidity, and even proper ventilation does little to control it.

Should I Hire a Professional Pest Control Company?

Whether or not to hire a professional pest control company is a decision that you’ll have to make. Centipedes infestations are relatively easy to control if you’re willing to put forth the effort. After removing sources of moisture and water from your home, go around the exterior of your home to remove piles of debris and mulch. Also, keep your lawn manicured so there’s room for centipedes and other bugs to hide.

Depending on the severity of the infestation, you may want to spray your attic with an insecticide chemical. You can find some professional-grade chemicals available for sale at most DIY pest supply stores, one of which is Demon WP. This water-soluble insecticide is highly effective for treating centipedes, scorpions, roaches, ants and dozens of other insects.

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Do I Really Need Knee Walls In My Attic?

One question that many homeowners end up asking is “do I really need knee walls in my attic?” If you went around to 100 different homes built within the past decade, you would probably find knee walls in roughly half of them. Some builders go the extra mile by installing them, while others don’t. In order to answer the question, we must first look at the function of knee walls and why they’re used.

What Are Knee Walls?

Knee walls are short, usually wooden, walls installed around the sides of an attic where the rafters meet the floor. You can see the image below for an example of a knee wall. In most instances, they are no taller than 3 feet, but some builders may custom fit them according to the roof’s shape and size.

If you aren’t sure whether or not your attic contains knee walls, go and look around the edges. Basically, triangular shaped attics do not feature knee walls, while attics with a more “boxy” shape do.

Illustration of knee walls in the attic.

Provides Greater Stability

One of the benefits to using knee walls in the attic is the increases stability they provide. Once installed, they’ll support some of the weight from the rafters. It’s not uncommon for builders to place them up against the rafters while working on the roof. Once the roof is complete, they may take the knee walls down or leave them up.

Knee walls aren’t technically required for a structurally sound home or building, but they do take some of the load off the rafters. If you live in an older home and are concerned about the roof’s stability, it might be a good idea to install them.

Better Insulation

Knee walls also provide “pockets” for additional insulation in the attic. If you go back and view the illustration above, you’ll notice there’s an enclosed area behind the knee wall. Rather than leaving this space empty, homeowners can fill it with insulation for additional thermal protection.

Filling the space behind the knee walls with insulation helps to lock in your home’s thermal energy. With that said, it’s important to allow outdoor air to enter the attic. We discuss this in greater detail in a previous blog post about baffles.

What do you think about attic knee walls? Let us know in the comments section below!

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