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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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How To Reduce The Risk of an Attic Fire

 According to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, there are around 10,000 residential fires that originate from the attic each year. These fires result in an estimated 30 deaths, 125 injuries and $477 million in property damage. While attic fires are somewhat rare (around 2% of all residential fires), they remain a growing problem due to the fact that many homeowners overlook this area. So, how you can reduce the risk of an attic fire in your home?

Unlike most other areas in a home, attics typically do not feature smoke alarms or water sprinkler systems. When a fire occurs in the attic, it will grow larger and spread throughout the surrounding environment without triggering an alarm. It’s not until the fire has reached its way down into the home when the alarm is triggered. This is why it’s important for homeowners to take the necessary precautions to help reduce the risk of attic fires.

Install a Smoke Detector

Even if they aren’t required by local or federal building codes, it’s still a good idea to install a smoke detector in your attic. In the event that a fire breaks out here, you’ll have a better shot at containing it before it spreads into other parts of your home. Smoke alarms are relatively cheap and require minimal maintenance, but investing in one for your attic could save you tens of thousands of dollars in the long run.

Check Electrical Wires

Go throughout your attic to perform a visual inspection of the electrical wires running through it. Loose, torn or damaged wires could potentially create a fire. If there are faulty wires in your attic, hire a professional electrician to come and replace them.

Keep It Clean

Of course, cleaning your attic on a regular basis may also reduce the risk of a fire starting. Allowing old cardboard, wood shavings, insulation, etc. to clutter your attic offers a suitable source of tinder (AKA fuel) for a fire. Now that spring is here, there’s no better time to tackle a yearly attic cleaning project. Take a couple of trash bags up to the attic and toss any old debris that’s laying around.

Remove Overhanging Branches

If there are overhanging trees or branches above your roof, you should consider removing them to reduce the risk of fire. The dead debris that falls from a tree can leave tinder on your roof and gutters. Thankfully, you can eliminate this possibility by creating a 3-meter-long barrier around your home.

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Tips For Sealing Air Leaks In The Attic

Air leaks in the attic can force a home to draw significantly more energy. During the hot spring and summer months, the cool air from inside the home will gradually rise to the attic where it escapes through these openings. This may not seem like a serious problem, but even small air leaks can translate into hundreds of dollars in wasted energy over the course of a year. Homeowners must identify and plug air leaks in the attic to ensure their home is energy efficient.

According to an infographic published at GreenHomeGnome.com, approximately 25% of the average home’s energy loss comes from the attic. Whether it’s heat during the winter or cold air during the summer, thermal energy will inevitably make its way up to the attic. Unless the attic is properly sealed and insulated, this energy could escape outside.

Poorly insulated attic: photo by infrogmation.

Plan Ahead

As with most DIY home improvement projects, planning goes a long ways. You don’t have to be a professional architect to go up into your attic and create a rough sketch of where the problem areas are located. Identify areas of missing insulation, damaged or moldy insulation, recessed lighting, gaps between walls, dropped soffits, and behind kneewalls.

Note: insulation in the attic should have a total R-value of at least 30. If it falls below this amount, consider replacing or adding more insulation to improve its thermal efficiency.

Gear Up

Whether you’re adding a small role of fiberglass insulation to an open gap, or if you’re installing new insulation throughout your entire attic, you should always gear up in the appropriate safety items beforehand.

Here’s a list of the safety gear recommended when handling insulation:

  • Double-strapped dust mask.
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • Boots
  • Protective jumpsuit

Caulk

Of course, insulation isn’t the only item that can be used to seal air leaks in the attic. If you notice a small hole somewhere in the attic roof or wall, try filling it with basic silicone or acrylic-latex caulk (sold at most home improvement stores).

Expanding Spray Foam

For holes larger than 1/4″ in the attic, expanding spray foam can be used as an effective filler agent. Just remember to check the specifications of the spray foam beforehand to ensure it’s okay to use in the attic. Certain types may only be suitable for “room temperature,” and the high heat of summer attic could melt it.

How do you plug air leaks in the attic? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Leading Causes of Attic Fires

According to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), there are over 10,000 attic fires each year, resulting in an average of 35 deaths, 125 injuries, and $440 million in property damage. And even with all of the newly updated building codes and flame-retardant building materials, the number of residential attic fires isn’t declining. In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at some of the leading causes of attic fires and how to prevent them.

Electrical Malfunction

The single most common cause of residential attic fires is electrical malfunction. When circuits are overloaded and the breaker fails to respond appropriately, the excess “draw” could result in a fire. The FEMA document previously mentioned states that a whopping 43% of all residential attic fires are caused by electrical malfunction.

Here are some tips to avoid electrical fires in the attic:

  • Don’t overload outlets or extension cords.
  • Only use electronics according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Hire a professional electrician to inspect the wiring in your attic.
  • Don’t leave electrical appliances or devices plugged into attic outlets. Always unplug them before leaving.

Note: rats, mice, raccoons, squirrels and other animals may chew through electrical wiring, which also increases the chance of an electrical fire in the attic.

Heating

Another common cause of attic fires is heating. Roughly 5% of residential attic fires are caused by home heating systems.

If your home is run on a traditional heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system, it’s a good idea to have it inspected by a professional at least once a year to ensure it’s working properly and there are no fire hazards present. Build ups of dust, lint and debris in the duct work or around the furnace create the potential for a fire.

Natural

An estimated 13% of residential attic fires are caused by natural sources. So, what constitutes a “natural” source? Well, this may include lighting, fallen trees or even rain water dripping onto electrical outlets and wires.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to completely protect your attic against natural fires such as this. However, you can ensure the roofing is intact and use fire-retardant materials to decrease the chance of natural-cause fires.

Hopefully, this blog post will give you a better idea on how to protect you attic against fires.

Do you take extra precautions to prevent fires in your attic. If so, we’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!

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