TCI Remediation Case Studies: Lack of Insulation and Mold Present in Attic Rochester Hills, MI
The homeowner explained that he had just bought and moved into his new home six months prior to giving us a call. He was having issues with the upstairs being too cold in the winter. He noticed his HVAC coming on more often than it should have been. We noticed the upstairs was around 6 degrees cooler than the main level of the home. The attic roofing nails were rusty, showing signs of high humidity in the attic. There was also mold remediation done in the attic prior to him moving in. The problems were caused by blocked soffits with the existing fiberglass batt insulation and not having enough insulation on his attic floor. The homeowner chose to have the problems fixed because he had just bought this home and would like to protect his investment. The homeowner's biggest concern was his family. He wanted to be proactive about making sure that his home was going to be healthy and comfortable for his family. He also wanted to make sure he wasn't spending more money than he had to on his utility bills.
The homeowner chose our company to fix his problems because he trusted us. We had a lengthy conversation about how we would be able to fix his issues of having an uncomfortable home and how our solution would also be able to prevent mold from recurring in his attic. Our solution was to remediate the mold in his attic that had been missed by the previous remediation company. Also, to insulate his attic floor to the recommended R-value of R60 for his Zone, and to install Can Light Covers over his recessed lighting. Lastly, we covered his gable vents as he already had soffit vents and a ridge vent and to air seal and insulate his hatch cover. The only challenge we faced during the installation process was a drop of our Mold X2 got on the homeowner’s carpet in the bedroom that we were working in. The drop caused a stain, so we had to have a carpet company out to repair the section of carpet with a new piece. We used a combination of products to achieve our solution. We used Mold X2, TruSoft Cellulose, SilverGlo, Weatherstripping, Zypfoam, TiteShell can light covers, can light marker flags, and Durovent Baffles. The homeowner now has a mold-free attic and is feeling the difference upstairs in comfort with a properly insulated attic. His HVAC does not come on as often, which in turn has lowered his utility bills.
Mold Present on Attic Sheathing
Mold Remediated from Sheathing
Plumbing Air Vent before Air Sealing
Plumbing Air Vent after Air Sealing
Gable Vent before Air Sealing
Gable Vent with SilverGlo Foam Board and Air Sealing
Rolled out Batt Insulation
Blow In Cellulose Insulation (R60)