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Attic Mold Removal in Howell, MI

Attic Mold Removal in Howell, MI

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Mold in the attic for a home sale. Remediated the mold and the house was sold.

Lack of Insulation in Howell, MI

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Lack of Insulation in Howell, MI

Lack of Insulation in Howell, MI

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Extremely under insulated attic, added can light covers and air sealed before blowing in Trusoft cellulose insulation

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Due to cold and drafty rooms from lack of insulation, I had my attic air sealed and blown in cellulose insulation added.
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Howell Attic Insulation, Mold Removal, & Air Sealing

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TCI Remediation 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.

Got attic mold? Uncomfortable rooms? High utility costs? Give TCI Remediation a call to schedule your free estimate for attic contractors in Howell.

TCI Remediation's attic services in Howell

  • Mold Removal
  • Attic Insulation
  • Cellulose Insulation
  • Rigid Foam Board Insulation
  • Radiant Barriers
  • Air Sealing
  • Duct Insulation
  • Duct Sealing
  • Duct Cleaning
  • Ice Damming
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The homeowner's son had actually been the one to go into the attic to look for s problem because water was coming through the bath fan vent inside of...
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The homeowner explained that he had remodeled his bathroom and noticed when he went to install new lights into the ceiling, that the roof sheathing...
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The homeowner had called us out because he had a home inspection done for a home sale and mold was found in the attic. He had also explained that it...
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Cold to Warm Home in Howell, MI

  Our homeowner was experiencing some major heat loss in his attic in the winter months. He would normally go through anywhere between 12-14 cords of wood in the winter. The home was built in the late 1800's and had barely any insulation at all in the attic. The entire home was cold during the winter. The homeowner uses a wood stove and plug in heaters to to keep his house warm in the winter. A lack of insulation in the house was the main problem in his home. I was the only energy specialist who made it into each part of the attic. I thoroughly measured and took pictures of all the issues that were in the attic. Other's just poked their heads up and gave measurements based off the rooms below. Our homeowners biggest concern was his home holding heat in and he also had bat guano that needed cleaned up also.  The homeowner went with TCI because I thoroughly explained everything that we were going to do for this attic. This was not going to be an easy job. We were the only company that went into all three parts of the attic and took great pictures and showed him what it was going to look like.  The solution for this home was to clean his attic down to the drywall, vacuum and scoop out all the bat guano, treat all the substrate with a disinfectant to kill the bacteria. We then air sealed all the top plates, wire penetrations and pipe penetrations. We even fixed major holes that surrounded the masonry chimney. This was crucial in order to stop hot air from escaping the living areas. Once everything was disinfected and sealed we proceeded to install cellulose insulation to an R value of 60. The biggest challenge that we faced was how tight the access holes to get from one attic space to the other. Also there was so much bat guano that the crew had to basically hand shovel everything into the garbage bags and carry throughout the home and dispose into the dumpster in the driveway. TCI used MoldX2 Botanical to disinfect all surfaces. We used expanding foam to seal up all the top plates and wire penetrations. From there we used Rock Wool EZ Wrap, metal flashing and fire caulk to provide sealing and insulation around the masonry chimneys. Afterwards we topped off the attic with TruSoft Cellulose Insulation.

Insulate and Air Seal needed if Bone Chilling Cold in the Winter and Blazing Hot in the Summer, Howell 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.

 

Uncomfortable Room needing more Cellulose Insulation in Howell MI

  The homeowner stated that he had cellulose insulation installed years ago but didn't think there had been enough insulation installed because he is still experiencing high energy bills and some of the rooms in his home were more comfortable than others. The front office of his home was uncomfortable and always colder in the winter and warmer in the summer than the rest of the home. The problem was caused by not having enough insulation installed on the attic floor for the recommended amount of insulation for Michigan R Zone 5. He had inconsistent levels of insulation on his attic floor ranging between R19-R30 blown-in cellulose insulation but should have the recommended amount between R49 to R60. The homeowner chose to have the problem fixed because his office was always uncomfortable and could never spend a long period of time in it. He also wanted to lower his energy bills because his home is a large home and the cost to heat/cool the home was quite high. The homeowner's biggest concern with the problem was that his office was too uncomfortable to be in because the temperature would fluctuate so much which would cause his HVAC to come on constantly to compensate for the difference. 

  The homeowner chose our company because he had other quotes for insulation done by other companies and we were competitive in our price but he was astonished at our attention to detail and the thorough inspection we did in comparison to the other companies. None of them actually went through the entire attic and one company he got a quote from didn't even look in his attic just measured his square footage from below. Our solution was to blow more cellulose insulation on top of his existing insulation to get his finished R-value to R60 throughout the entire attic floor. We did face a couple of challenges during the installation process. The first challenge was that we got about half of the attic insulation installed when the techs came across a bat in the attic and had to exit the attic till the customer was able to have a bat removal company come out and let us know it was safe to return. The other challenge was that the attic was built very architecturally complex with multiple levels to climb to in order to access each location. We used SilverGlo, Weather stripping, and TruSoft Cellulose. The homeowner now has the highest recommended insulation R-value for energy efficiency and comfort in our Zone 5 of Michigan. His office is now more comfortable and the HVAC is not coming on as often which is saving his money on his heating and cooling bill.

  

In Home Mold what to look for in Howell, 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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