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  • Angies List Super Service Award 2015
  • 2014 Angies List Super Service Award
  • 2013 Angies List Super Service Award
  • 2011 Angies List Super Service Award
  • HERO Registered Contractor
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • Indoor Air Quality Association Member
  • BBB Accredited A+ Rating

Recent Clients

  • 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

Recent Work

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

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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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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Common Causes of Damp, Musty Odors In The Attic

attic-013It’s spring again, and this means more and more homeowners are going up into the attic for the first time this year to perform some routine cleaning and organizing. If it’s been a while since you’ve accessed your attic, though, you may notice a damp, musty odor originating from inside. This is an all-too-common problem that homeowners experience, especially during the spring season.

Identifying The Source of The Odor

The first step in combating these unpleasant odors is to determine exactly what’s causing them. Musty odors in the attic are typically caused by one of a few different elements. And once you’ve found out where the foul odors are coming from, you can work on treating it.

Note: covering up the odors with air fresheners, scented candles, or other products will only make the problem rather than treat it. You may notice some temporary relief, but the odor will come back once the masking agent is depleted. This is why homeowners should focus on the root cause of the musty odor rather than trying to mask it with air fresheners or scented candles.

What Is a Musty Odor?

The official definition of “musty” is: having an odor or flavor suggestive of mold, as old buildings, long-closed rooms, or stale food. It’s hard to describe the odor without experiencing it for yourself, but it’s typically characterized by a damp/wet staleness that lingers for long periods of time.

What Causes Musty Odors In The Attic?

If you notice this type of odor coming from your attic, there’s a good chance the problem is caused by mold growth. Unfortunately, attic are a prime hot spot for mold and mildew, as the dark, poorly ventilated confines of an attic create an ideal environment for fungal growth.

Mold and mildew growth is not a normal occurrence in the attic. if there’s mold present, there’s a good chance that water or moisture is entering through a crack or some other point of entry. In order to prevent musty odors from returning, you must close off any cracks, roof leaks or other entry points.

Another common cause of musty attic odors is from infestations of rats, mice or other rodents. Initially, a stray field mouse probably won’t create any foul odors. Once they’ve inhabited the attic for a prolonged length of time, though, their urine will saturate the insulation and surrounding floorboard to create a musty odor.

How to you treat musty attic odors? Let us know in the comments section below!

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