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Upon our inspection mold was caused from lack of insulation and improper ventilation.

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Our customer found mold in the attic after replacing a couple bath fans in his home. After our company remediated the mold we than air sealed and blew in new cellulose insulation. Resistant value in 60 with approximately 17".

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Our customer called us for she had a foul odor coming from her attic. After having another company out for a attic check she was told she had critter's living in there. Once critter control took care of the problem she was in need of a good cleanout and new insulation. 

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TCI Home Services is the local expert for mold treatment, mold removal, attic insulation, and a broad range of other attic services that are guaranteed to make your home more comfortable and efficient.

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  • Mold Removal
  • Attic Insulation
  • Cellulose Insulation
  • Rigid Foam Board Insulation
  • Radiant Barriers
  • Air Sealing
  • Duct Insulation
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The homeowner explained that they had a critter problem in their attic and mice have made a mess inside the attic with droppings and urine. When the...
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The homeowner had his roof replaced on October 18th 2021 and then had continuous soffit vents installed under his eaves shortly after and nothing...
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Our customer explained the upstairs level of the home was always more hot or cold depending on the season than the rest of the home below. Mold in...
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Remediation and Insulation in Farmington Hills, MI

  The upstairs level of the home was always more hot or cold depending on the season than the rest of the home below. Mold in the attic was also a problem explained by the homeowner. The upstairs level of the home was much warmer at the time of inspection than the floor below. Visual mold was covering about 75% of the roof deck. Blocked soffits with out baffles and lack of ventilation in the attic caused mold to grow on the roof deck and trusses. The Attic was under insulated with encapsulated fiberglass insulation that was torn due to foot traffic within the attic. A drop down shower ceiling soffit was also left uncovered allowing humidity to leak into the attic. The homeowner chose to have the problem fixed because he joined us in the attic for the inspection and was able to see how having the soffits blocked and being under insulated was causing moisture to build up in the attic and cause mold to grow. The Homeowners biggest concern was getting the mold removed from the attic and better insulating his attic to better control the heating/cooling of the rooms below.

  The homeowner chose TCI Remediation to do the project because during the inspection of the attic we were able to demonstrate what needed to be done in a clear and informative way that made sense to the homeowner to fix the problem within the attic. We built a level of trust with the homeowner to ensure him that our solution would take care of the mold problem and provide a more comfortable home. We treated the mold in the attic and covered the drop down shower ceiling with SilverGlo and air seal it tight. We then cleared the soffits of insulation and installed the proper amount of baffles to insure the attic was breathing properly. We capped off the existing insulation with TruSoft Cellulose to get the attic to a R-60 R-value to reduce the risk of moisture leaking into the attic from the conditioned home and to provide a better thermal barrier between the attic floor and the rooms below the attic. We had difficulties getting the SilverGlo into the attic scuttle due to the size of the opening. We had to cut smaller pieces which made the job take a little bit longer than usual. We used Mold X2 and Mold X2 Botanicals to rid the mold. We also used a combination of insulation products including TruSoft Stabilized Cellulose and SilverGlo Polystyrene Foam Board. ZypFoam was used to air seal the drop down soffit above the shower. DuroVent duel wide baffles were installed for proper ventilation from the soffits. The homeowner now has a mold free attic and a better insulated attic that will provide a more comfortable home.  

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  The homeowner explained that they have a critter problem in their attic and that mice have made a mess inside the attic with droppings and urine. When the weather would warm up you could smell a foul odor coming from the attic hatch inside the closet of her son's bedroom. They are also experiencing mouse droppings in the basement around the perimeter of the basement floor. The symptoms of the problem was mouse dropping all over the insulation on the attic floor along with the smell of urine in the attic. When the attic would warm up the smell would permeate with mouse droppings and they wouldn't let their kids go downstairs because of it. The problem was caused by access points in the attic where the flashing against the gable walls was separated allowing mice to easily enter the attic. Holes were also present in the rim joist around the piping of the outside that allowed mice to get into the basement and nest in the fiberglass batt. The homeowner chose to have the problem fixed because the smell of urine would get really strong on warm days in her son's bedroom and she wouldn't want him to stay in the room. They also wanted to be able to utilize the basement and finish it but they didn't want to do that if mice were still able to get inside the home. The homeowners biggest concern with the problem was the odor that was coming into her son's bedroom.

  The homeowner chose our company because she was referred to us by one of her close friends who also had our company come out and remediate animal droppings and reinsulate the attic and was told how great and professional work we did and that they haven't had an issue since we corrected it. Our solution was to remove all of the fiberglass batt insulation from the attic floor, Vacuum the entire floor to get rid of all the mice droppings and start with a clean surface. We then treated the entire attic with a disinfectant to clean and remove the odor of urine. We closed the gaps in the flashing with screws and then sealed the flashing along the gable wall with a roofing caulk. We covered all of the open drop soffits inside of the attic with OSB and sealed them with ZypFoam. We sealed the chimney chase flashing with a caulk and wrapped the metal chimney with rock wool for fire safety. We created insulation dams with foam board in front of the front porch overhang and around the hatch opening to ensure the insulation would not taper off and stay at a consistent R-value. We installed all new duel wide rafter vents (baffles) and then air sealed all of the top plates, bond plates, wire and pipe penetrations and then insulate the attic floor with cellulose to a depth of 14" or to R49. We then went into the basement and removed all of the fiberglass batt insulation from inside the rim joist and vacuumed the rim joist and perimeter of the basement to clean any remaining mice droppings. We then air sealed and insulated the rim joist with 2 part spray foam. Some of the challenges that we faced during the installation process were;  The vaulted ceiling made it difficult to remove the existing baffles and fiberglass batt from the eave. One of the technicians had fallen ill and was not able to work on the job making it more work for two guys on a three man job. We used a combination of products to achieve our solution. We used Mold X2 products for disinfection. Roofing caulk and screws for sealing flashing on gable walls, 7/16" OSB for covering the ceiling drop soffits, metal flashing, fire caulk, metal wire, Ez roll rock wool sleeve, 1/2" Foam board, SilverGlo, weather-stripping, adhesive, DuroVent rafter vents (4'x22" and 6'x22"), 14" TruSoft Cellulose or R49 Zyp Kit 2 Part Foam Kit, 205 board ft. The homeowner now has a healthy clean attic that has been insulated to an Energy Star Rating of R49 and all of the gaps that were allowing pests to enter the attic have been closed off. The rim joist in the basement has also been sealed with 2 Part Spray Foam providing superior insulation then the pre existing fiberglass batt as well as preventing unconditioned air from leaking into the home via Stack Effect, as well as closing any penetrations the mice have been getting in.

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   The homeowner had his roof replaced on October 18th, 2021 and had continuous soffit vents installed under his eaves shortly after and nothing wrong was brought to his attention. He then had his bathroom fan removed and replaced and the install noticed that he had mold growth all over his attic roof sheathing. The homeowner had also mentioned that his upstairs was always cold in the winter and hot during the summer. Mold growth and dark staining was present on 100% of the roof sheathing in the attic. The roofing nails had moisture dripping off of the tips. The upstairs temperature was always between 5 and 10 degrees warmer and colder than downstairs depending on the season. The problem were caused by the fiberglass batt insulation blocking all of the intake soffit vents without any baffles being installed. A lack of insulation on the attic floor was also causing heat from inside the attic to radiate down to the conditioned space during the summer and warm air from inside the home to radiate up to the attic during the winter. The attic contained one layer of R19 fiberglass batt insulation. The homeowner chose to have the problem fixed because he just spent all this money to have his new roof shingles installed and new ventilation installed under the eaves to still have the same problem he started with and not be flagged as a concern or corrected by either of the companies. His wife also could not stand the temperature difference upstairs and was always uncomfortable sleeping in their bedroom. The homeowner's biggest concern with the problem was that his attic was full of mold and that all the money he spent to have his roof re-shingled would be a complete waste if the mold was going to eat away at his roof deck and it would need to be replaced again.

  The homeowner chose our company because we were able to build a solid trust with our solution that would fix the problems that he was experiencing with making sure the mold growth would not return after correcting the ventilation. We also supplied a solution that would save him money correcting the ventilation. We also supplied a solution that would save him money on his energy costs while also providing a comfortable upstairs yearound. Our solution was to remove all of the fiberglass batt insulation on the attic floor in order to expose the leaks in the attic floor so they could be sealed (Top plates, Bond plates, Wire penetrations, Pipe penetrations ect.). We then removed the mold from the attic sheathing and trusses to give the homeowner a healthy clean attic. We installed a can light cover over a single recessed light. We air sealed and insulated the hatch cover and then insulated the attic floor with cellulose insulation to R60. Building the insulation dam around the whole house fan was a bit challenging as it had been made out of cardboard at first and then the insulation was installed making it difficult to build the new one out of foam board insulation. We used MoldX2 products to remediate the mold, DuroVent baffles, SilverGlo foam board, Weather-stripping, TiteShell Recessed Light Fixture Cover, ZypFoam and TruSoft Cellulose. The homeowner now has a healthy clean attic that is breathing properly and is no longer uncomfortable during the winter or summer months. The temperature upstairs is now the same as it is downstairs and his HVAC is coming on much less often. 

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Insulate and Air Seal needed if Bone Chilling Cold in the Winter & Blazing Hot in the Summer in Farmington, MI

Insulation Installation and Home Comfort

 

Are areas in your home freezing cold in the winter and super-hot in the summer? Or just looking to improve your homes energy efficiency and comfort? the attic should be at the top of your priority list. Insulation and air sealing in the attic have a dramatic effect on the home's overall energy performance, and upgrades in this area can lead to significant savings on heating and cooling costs. 

Most homes in Michigan have R-30 (just under 10 inches) which was the previous code. With increasing to the current code of R-49 (approx. 15 inches) our homeowners experience significant savings on their heating bills and savings on their electric bills during the summer months when air conditioning is used. Think of your home like a large bag surrounding your living environment. If you turn your furnace or air conditioning off how long will the hot or cold air stay within your home? The more thermal barrier to the outside environment you have the less your equipment will run saving you money and increasing comfort

 

How the attic impacts home comfort

 

Cellulose insulation can be installed over existing insulation without interfering with your storage area

About 50% of energy costs are typically attributed to heating and cooling, making it one of the biggest expenses for many homeowners. The attic has a major impact on home efficiency for several reasons:

  • Air leaks and drafts between attic and living space
  • Air leaks and drafts between attic and outdoors
  • Poor or incorrect ventilation
  • Insufficient attic insulation
  • Uninsulated ductwork in the attic

Best methods for improving attic efficiency

 

Air sealing: The first step to improving attic efficiency is air sealing. Your attic is full of gaps and cracks that allows conditioned air to escape from the living space into the attic and unconditioned air to enter from the outside. Sealing these air leaks helps to keep your attic isolated from the outside and keeps conditioned air inside your home.

 

Attic insulation: Many attics are lacking proper insulation, which is one of the biggest causes of energy waste and uncomfortable rooms. Raising attic insulation to proper levels prevents heat transfer between the attic and the living space, meaning your HVAC system will run less because conditioned air is being contained in the areas you want to heat and cool.

 

Ductwork services: If you have ducts in your attic, they are affected by the extreme hot and cold temperatures that occur in that space. When you try to send cold air through hot ducts or vice versa, the air in the ducts is heated in summer (and cooled in the winter), making it difficult to heat or cool your home. Having ducts in attics is extremely inefficient, which is why duct sealing and duct insulation are smart upgrades for homeowners with ductwork in the attic.

 

HVAC never turns off in the summer or winter in Farmington Hills, MI

  The homeowner had just purchased the home and during the inspection, mold was found on the roof sheathing being caused by bath fans that were exhausting into the attic space. She had noticed that the home was warm during the summer when she had purchased the home despite the HVAC running.

  The homeowner chose our company because we were able to deliver a proposal and solution at the time of the inspection that would improve the health of the attic along with the energy efficiency of the home that would make the rooms warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer upstairs while reducing the amount of time the HVAC would be active. Our solution was to increase the ventilation in the attic by installing baffles after removing the insulation covering the soffits allowing the soffits to breathe that were previously blocked with existing insulation.  We then treated the attic with Mold X2 products and then got the current R19 insulation on the attic floor to a much more comfortable and energy-efficient R60.

  The products we used were Mold X2 to remediate the mold. Durovent duel baffles were placed into the eaves. SilverGlo expanded polystyrene foam board, to insulate the scuttle and weather stripping to seal the scuttle.  We blow in TruSoft Stabilized Cellulose Insulation to the resistance of R60. The homeowner now has a healthy attic free of fungal contamination and a more comfortable energy-efficient home. Her HVAC is running less to keep up with the warm/cool air loss previously lost to the lack of a proper thermal boundary between the attic floor and the conditioned space below.

 

  

In Home Mold what to look for in Farmington Hills, MI

Where Does Mold Grow?

 

First, it's important to know where to look. Mold tends to prefer cold, dark, and moist spaces. You probably won't find it in your living room, but your attic and crawlspace are much more likely hiding spots.

Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.

And that's not all. You might also find it in doorways, windows, heating, and air conditioning systems. It enters your home either through the air or by being attached to other moldy items like old shoes or newspapers. Once it's there, it's difficult to get rid of.

Signs of Mold

The health risks of mold make looking for early signs that it's growing into your home absolutely crucial. If you see even subtle signs, it might be time to call for professional help to take care of the remediation. Some of these signs include:

Irritated lungs and breathing, similar to allergy symptoms.

A musty smell in the home or areas of the house.

Visible mold, both black and with potentially colored spots.

Water leaks, past flooding, or persistent condensation.

Rust and warping of materials due to humidity.

Most of these don't necessarily point directly to mold growth. They just point towards an environment that encourages this growth. That's why simply looking for them doesn't tend to be enough. A more comprehensive inspection is vital to making sure you know about any potential problems.

Can Mold Harm Humans?

The problems with mold are much more than just an inconvenience. Studies have repeatedly shown the many health risks that spores can bring with them. In fact, mold has been linked to anything from chronic coughs to allergic reactions, skin rashes, red eyes, and more. In some cases, it can get worse.

The reason mold removal services tend to be so important is what mold does to the health of some of the most vulnerable people around us. Most are particularly dangerous for those of us with autoimmune disorders, chronic lung disease, strong allergies, or asthma. And of course, it's worse for infants, children, and the elderly, whose immune systems might not be able to fight against it.

The lesson is clear: you don't want and probably can't afford to have mold in your home. Unfortunately, due to its favorite locations, it could also be difficult to find at times. A thorough inspection can help you find it, but looking out for early growth signs is also important.

Mold Prevention Tips

Ideally, you never let it get to a point where removal becomes a necessity. In the interest of your health and your home's value, you want to make sure that you can prevent rather than remediate the mold. A few tips can help you achieve that goal:

Keep the humidity in your home low, preferably under 40%.

Regularly check your home, particularly the potential problem spots mentioned above, for growth and take care of it early when needed.

Don't let wet areas stay wet. Dry them to make sure they don't become a hospitable environment.

During renovations, invest in mold-resistant drywall and sheetrock to create a less preferable environment.

Regularly clean your roof gutters to avoid any potential leaks or water entering the home in hidden spots.

Clean mold problems immediately, rather than letting them grow into a more significant problem.

It pays to be proactive. Still, you can't be expected to know every square inch of your home. In addition to these general tips, it pays to have regular mold inspections, both for your peace of mind and to be able to detect issues before they become major problems.

 

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