There are a few things a homeowner never hopes to hear in their lifetime regarding their home and, “it looks like a nesting animal has destroyed your insulation,” ranks pretty high atop that list. Unfortunately, this is something many people hear all too often from an insulation contractor in Elgin County proudly service Southwestern, ON after having their insulation inspected amidst concerns of inefficiency.
How does this happen and what are the consequences? Well, for starters, animals looking for a safe place to nest and raise a litter will likely try to worm their way into your home at any time of the year, while the winter season drives critters indoors seeking warmth and solitude—and, one of the coziest places in your home just happens to be your insulation, likely located in your attic or basement, where they won’t be bothered.
When an animal gets into your insulation, the damage that they can cause in a short amount of time is tremendous. Rats, mice, raccoons and other mammals will easily rip your insulation apart to build their nests, defecate between exposed sheets of insulation and even tear it out altogether if they decide that it’s not quite right for their nesting purposes!
All hope is not lost if this happens to you, however. First and foremost, you’ll need to call an animal control specialist to help you remove any existing animals from your home and seal off your domicile from any other unwanted houseguests. Then, the damage will need to be cleaned up to make way for new insulation. After the area is clear and secure, Chase Insulation can come in and help you assess your need for an insulation replacement or upgrade.
Now, chances are that after an animal is done with your insulation, it’s going to need to be totally ripped out and replaced, if for no other reason than to remain sanitary after an animal has lived in it. When the damaged insulation has been moved out, you have the choice of replacing it with a like-material, to bring your home back to the state that it was previously in, or upgrading to a new insulation material that may help you to yield better energy savings over a longer period of time. An example of this may be to replace fiberglass insulation with a spray foam alternative.
When all is said and done, you’ll have killed two birds with one stone: eliminated the pest problem in your home and upgraded your insulation to a high quality, better serving standard. With just a few quick phone calls—to your animal control specialist and Chase Insulation—you’ll be able to remedy one of the most unfortunate situations that any homeowner might find themselves dealing with.
If you’re in the middle of dealing with the aftermath of a recent animal infestation or have found evidence of one that may have occurred some years ago, make sure that your home isn’t continuing to pay the price with damaged insulation—call us today!