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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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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 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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Rodents May Transmit The Hantavirus To Humans

Warning: Rodents May Transmit The Hantavirus To Humans

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HPS is deadly respiratory disease that’s transmitted through rodents.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a potentially fatal disease that’s transmitted by rats, mice and other rodents. It’s characterized by flu-like symptoms that begin to manifest between 1-5 weeks after infection. Because it’s spread through the feces and urine of infected rodents, homeowners need to take the necessary precaution to exterminate and prevent rodents from accessing their home.

According to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HPS has a mortality rate of roughly 38%, making it an incredibly dangerous disease. Some people assume rodent infestations are merely a nuissance, but this disease reveals the potentially life-threatening complications that may arise when sharing a home with rodents. The symptoms of HPS are mild at first and then progress into more serious issues, such as fluid buildup in the lungs.

Symptoms of HPS:

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Body aches
  • Dizziness
  • Coughing
  • Chills
  • Lethargy
  • Tightness in chest
  • Trouble breathing
  • Fluid buildup in chest

What Causes The Hantivirus?

The hantavirus is transmitted to humans through the feces and urine of infected rodents. When a person touches the urine or feces of an infected rodent — and then touches their face or mouth — they may catch the disease. In addition, HPS is also transmitted through the air, meaning a person catch the disease simply by breathing in the air around an infected rodent’s urine or feces. The CDC  states the following on their website:

“Rodent infestation in and around the home remains the primary risk for hantavirus exposure. Even healthy individuals are at risk for HPS infection if exposed to the virus.

Is HPS Transmittable Between Humans?

To date, there have been no known cases of HPS being transmitted from one person to another. A study was recently performed to determine whether or not HPS was transmittable between humans. During the study, researchers analyzed the data of healthcare workers who were given the task of caring for people with HPS. Researchers noted that none of the healthcare workers had caught the disease, leaving them to believe that it is not transmittable between humans.

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for HPS, as doctors can only treat the symptoms caused by the disease.

How To Protect Yourself and Your Family Against HPS

Being that the disease is transmitted through rodents, the most important precaution you can take to protect yourself, and your family, against HPS is to keep rodents out of your home. If you’re struggling with a rodent infestation in your home, contact the Attic Guys today for a FREE house inspection.

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Attic Cleanup and Storage

Is It Safe To Store Items In The Attic?

attics-05Are you struggling to find areas inside your home to store new furniture, boxes or other belongings? This is an all-too-common problem that nearly every homeowner will face at some point or another. You don’t want to throw away your old belongings, but at the same you don’t have enough space inside your home to keep them.

So, what’s the solution to predicament? Assuming you have access to an attic, there’s a whole new world of storage possibilities right at your fingertips. The vast openness of an attic is the perfect area to store old furniture and other items. However, there are a few things you should know before you begin stashing your old belongings here.

Attic Moisture Can Ruin Items

The biggest problem associated with attic storage is the potential for moisture damage. Even if there’s no visible water leaks or standing pools of water, high humidity levels in the attic can ruin your belongings. Moisture vapor will settle into fabric, promoting the growth of mold and mildew. Whether it’s clothes or furniture, mildew such as this will destroy your items, forcing you to toss them out.

Placing a dehumidifier in your attic may help temporarily, but it’s not a long-term solution to the problem. If you plan to store items in your attic for any serious length of time, you must eliminate the source of the humidify. You can read through our previous blog post for sources of moisture in the attic, but some of the most common causes include the following:

  • Lack of ventilation
  • Missing and/or damaged insulation
  • Leaking roof
  • Dryer or bathroom exhaust venting to the attic
  • AC condensate drip pan overflowing

Check For Pests

But moisture isn’t the only danger to items stored in the attic. If rats, mice, raccoons, squirrels or other pests are inhabiting your attic, they may damage your belongings. Attic pests such as these frequently urinate and defecate on items stored in the attic — and in some cases they will chew them up to create bedding.

Before storing any items in your attic, inspect the area for signs of a pest infestation. Most types of infestations are easily to identify, as the pest will leave behind a trail of feces (note: mice feces is about the size of a grain of rice).

Contact the Attic Guys for more information on how to remove pests from your attic!

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