Hazardous Animal Feces in Your Attic
SRI Energy – Insulation Removal and Your Health
Are you concerned that your home’s attic has been contaminated with animal feces and debris? You should seriously consider removing the attic insulation and replacing it with new insulation. Old insulation can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and toxins that can seep into your home and affect your health.
When the old insulation is removed, it is important for the contractor to seal up any holes that are obvious places for animals to enter. Over time, vents in the attic can pull in dust and allergens that settle on the insulation and get pulled into your home. There are solutions that can be implemented to mitigate these concerns.
Why is this Important?
Unless your home has been professionally air-sealed and duct-sealed, it is likely that you are breathing contaminated air from the attic. If you have ductwork that is located in the attic or a return and it has not been professionally sealed, it is not uncommon to have more than 20% leakage in these systems. This allows attic air to be pulled into the duct system and into your home. Additionally, air can come down the top plates into the walls and be pulled into the home through plumbing penetrations and wall sockets. Depending on the toxicity of the attic, it can have serious implications for health, especially in those individuals that may have compromised immune systems, the elderly, the very young, or those with respiratory issues.
For anyone suffering from undiagnosed chronic illnesses, this should be explored.
Insulation Removal and Your Health
The insulation which has been in the homes during the time you have lived there (and everyone else that has owned the home before you) may have accumulated filth and toxins. If your attic insulation looks like it hasn’t been replaced in years, not only is it not doing the job it needs to, but it needs to go. If the insulation is in good shape and hasn’t been contaminated by animals, then we only recommend topping off the insulation because removing and replacing the insulation is expensive. However, when the insulation is in poor shape or contaminated, it is time for it to go for you and your family’s health.
If you are concerned about the indoor air quality of your home, contact SRI Energy for a free consultation. Our expert team can assess the situation and provide solutions to improve the air quality in your home.
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SRI Energy is a BBB Accredited Energy Management & Conservation Consultant in Tulsa, OK. We provide insulation removal and installation, air sealing, duct sealing, and indoor air quality testing services. Contact us today to schedule a free assessment for your Tulsa, Jenks, Broken Arrow, Bixby, Owasso, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, or surrounding area home.