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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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Attic Insulation Measurement
April 5, 2018 Attic Guys
Attic Insulation Tips | Ways to Better Insulate Your Attic | Attic Guys

Attic Insulation Guide: Tips and Information on How to Better Insulate Your Attic   When…

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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 Insulation Measurement

Attic Insulation Tips | Ways to Better Insulate Your Attic | Attic Guys

Attic Insulation Guide: Tips and Information on How to Better Insulate Your Attic

 

Attic Insulation Benefits

When it comes to saving money on heating and cooling, it pays to know how to better insulate your attic. This is important, as improper or inadequate insulation can cause a number of problems in addition to higher climate control costs. These problems include mold and mildew issues, and during the winter months, some attics may experience the formation of ice dams. To avoid these problems, you’ll want to find out as much as possible about insulation and its installation process. At Attic Guys, we can act as your attic insulation guide and aid you in understanding the best ways to improve the insulation in your home’s attic. We can help you prevent costly problems from occurring by offering valuable attic insulation tips.

Determine Your R-Values

There are a variety of ways to insulate your attic, but the first step is to determine what climate zone you live in. This is necessary in order to know the appropriate R-value you will need for your insulation. The R-value is determined by the type of insulation and its ability to resist the flow of heat. The higher the R-value, the higher the quality of the insulation. Knowing your climate zone will help you to decide which R-value range is best for your attic.

Check Your Insulation

Once you have determined what R-rating you need from consulting a climate zone and attic insulation guide, you’ll want to have your insulation inspected to see what condition it is in. Insulation can become old and worn out, losing its effectiveness, or in some cases, it may have been improperly installed. If, for example, the attic is properly insulated but the attic feels overly cold in the winter or hot during the summer, there may be old or inadequate insulation. The solution to this would be to add to the current insulation or to remove and replace it. Typically, this will require the professional services of a contractor such as Attic Guys, as we know the various ways to insulate your attic properly. This work will save energy, and in the long run, it will also save money in terms of heating and cooling costs.

Choose the Type of Insulation to Use

Another important tip for how to better insulate your attic is to choose the right type of insulation. In a house’s attic, loose-fill insulation and blanket insulation are two of the common types used. Loose-fill insulation is made of rock wool, fiberglass, or cellulose and is suitable for difficult to reach or irregularly shaped areas. This type of insulation is often referred to as blown-in insulation, as it is typically blown into place with special machinery. Blanket insulation, which comes in the form of rolls or batts, is made of rock wool or fiberglass. This type of installation is meant for standard-sized spaces; however, in some cases, we may install rolls and batts in non-standard spaces by cutting and trimming them to fit. If you need further attic insulation tips, browse our site to learn more, or contact us today regarding our expert insulation removal and new attic insulation services. We’d love to be of service!

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Attic Condensation

Causes and Solutions For Attic Condensation

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Condensation in the attic is a serious problem that must be addressed by homeowners. If left untreated, it can damage critical structural elements of the home, such as the trusses and rafters, ruin insulation, damage any stored belongings, and lead to the formation of potentially toxic black mold.

You can prevent these problems from occurring by maintaining a dry attic with a low relative humidity. First, however, you must identify the source of the moisture.

Signs of condensation in the attic may include the following:

  • Moisture forming on the glass window panes or other flat surfaces.
  • Traces where water has trickled down the walls.
  • Damp insulation.
  • Noticeable musky, damp odor.

Common Causes of Condensation In The Attic

There are dozens of things that can cause condensation buildups in the attic, one of which is a leaking roof. Even a small pin head-sized hole can send gallons of water pouring into your attic over the course of a couple months. And to make matters worse, these holes are not easily identified unless it’s raining. If you believe a leaking roof is to blame for your attic condensation, perform a little investigative work the next time it rains, inspecting the roof for signs of a leak.

Improperly vented bathroom and dryer exhausts may trigger the formation of condensation in the attic. Both bathroom and dryer exhausts are designed to serve the same basic purpose: to vent the hot, humid air outside the home. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for contractors or DIY homeowners to run these exhaust vents to the attic rather than outside the home; thus, pushing the humid air into the attic. Check to make sure all exhausts are vented outside, not the attic.

Broken water pipes may also cause trigger condensation in attics. If the pipe is completely busted, then you’ll likely experience a severe flooding of the attic. On the other hand, if there’s a minor hair-line crack in the pipe, it could release a very small — yet still damaging — amount of water.

Solutions For Attic Condensation

Running a dehumidifier will help to eliminate some of the condensation in an attic, but it’s not a viable long-term solution by any means. Depending on the moisture levels of your attic, you could find yourself emptying it several times a day. A more sensible solution is to identify the source of the condensation and eliminate it. A properly designed attic should maintain a stable relative humidity (RH).

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How To Dry Out a Wet Attic

fiberglass-insulation-02Allowing moisture to build up inside your attic can lead to a wide range of problems later down the road. You may notice small black spots of mold forming on the insulation, boxes and even the framework in your attic. Large concentrations of this toxic black mold may cause allergies, respiratory infections and other alignments. In severe cases, excessive moisture can even lead to rot and decay, placing your home’s structural integrity at risk.

Unfortunately, attic moisture is a problem that often goes unnoticed due to the simple fact that most homeowners rarely access this part of their home. A typical homeowner may only access his or her attic a few times out of the year to store or remove their belongings. If they don’t notice a moisture problem during either of these trips, the problem may gradually continue to worsen over time.

Top Causes of Attic Moisture:

  • Inadequate ventilation (attics must be vented to allow moist, warm air to escape).
  • Clothes dryers venting air to the attic rather than outside.
  • Air conditioner condensate pan not draining.
  • Firewood being stored in the attic (firewood contains moisture that will evaporate into the surrounding atmosphere).
  • Bathroom exhaust vans vented to the attic.
  • Poor or non-existent barrier between your home’s living area and the attic.

Identifying Moisture In The Attic

Moisture in the attic is relatively easy for homeowners to identify, as it’s usually attributed to mold and mildew growth. If you believe moisture is a problem in your attic, go and inspect it for signs of mold and mildew. Small black and/or greenish-colored dots on insulation, boxes or other materials is a sign of an exceedingly high moisture content in the air. You can also identify moisture problems in the attic by the formation of condensation on windows and glass surfaces.

Drying Out a Wet Attic

Placing a dehumidifier inside the attic will help to draw out moisture from the surrounding environment. However, you’ll need to drain it frequently in order for it to function properly. Once the dehumidifier’s storage tank is full, it won’t be able to remove any more moisture.

Dehumidifiers are really just a temporary solution to attic moisture problems. Homeowners should focus on identifying and treating the root cause of the moisture. Whether it’s a lack of ventilation, gaps in the battier between living spaces and the attic, or any of the other causes mentioned above (or ones not mentioned here), you must fix these issues to create a dry attic.

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