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Attic Mold in South Lyon, MI

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This home was put on the market for sale after an inspection mold was established and needed to be remediated before the sale.

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South Lyon 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 South Lyon.

TCI Remediation's attic services in South Lyon

  • 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 explained while he was looking into the attic to find where he would be running new wires for new electrical outlets he noticed that...
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Remediation & Insulation in South Lyon, MI

  The homeowner explained that while he was looking into the attic to find where he would be running new wires for new electrical outlets he noticed that his sheathing in the attic was completely black and mold was all over. The symptoms of the problem were very high humidity in the attic, Stagnant air, Mold growth present on all of the roof and gable sheathing as well as the trusses and insulation. The problem was caused by a lack of intake ventilation in the attic. The attic ventilation relies on High and Low ventilation ie. Ridge vent and Soffit vents. The Fiberglass batt insulation was installed all the way up to the roof deck without baffles, closing off the air intake from the soffit vents. The homeowner chose to have the problem fixed because he did not want mold in his home and he needed to do some rewiring in his home and he did not want to go into the attic and potentially get himself sick as well as contaminate the inside of his living space and produce a much bigger problem. The homeowner's biggest concern with the problem was the health of his family. Being that mold is a allergen, he didn't want his family to endure any health effects caused by the mold. The homeowner chose our company because we were able to provide a detailed solution on getting his attic back to a healthy state, as well as providing him with the means of saving money on his energy bills by upgrading his previous fiberglass batt insulation to cellulose. We were also able to work with him by doing the job in two parts by removing the insulation and remediating the mold in one part, giving him the ability to run new wires in the attic, and then coming back another scheduled day to re-install the new insulation.

  Our solution was to remove all of the fiberglass batt insulation from the attic floor and then remediate the mold in the attic from the roof deck, trusses and floor. We then installed a structural covering made of OSB over the sloped open staircase ceiling from inside the attic and sealed it airtight with expanding polyurethane foam. After that we installed all new insulation ducts (provided by the homeowner) and sealed them against the gable wall with expanding polyurethane foam. We then installed 4" SilverGlo foam board on top of the hatch cover to provide insulation for the hatch and sealed the bottom of the hatch with weather-stripping to prevent air leaks. We then installed a David Lewis Whole House Fan Cover over the whole house fan to insulate a rather large area of the attic floor that would otherwise be insulated. We sealed all the top plates, bond plates, wire and pipe penetrations with one part expanding polyurethane foam and then insulated the attic floor to an Energy Star Rating with 17" of cellulose to R60. One of the challenges that we faced during the installation was the whole house fan being directly in the middle of the run of the attic as well as being in front of the attic hatch. This made it difficult for getting in and out of the attic. We used a combination of products to achieve our solution. We used Mold X2 products, 4'x22" DuroVent rafter (baffles), 7/16" OSB, 4" SilverGlo foamboard, weather-stripping, adhesive caulk, ZypFoam, David Lewis Whole House Fan Cover and TruSoft Cellulose. The homeowner now has a clean, healty attic that is free of mold and is now insulated to the highest Energy Star Rating, providing them a more comfortable home while saving money on their energy bills

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Ice Dam fixed in South Lyon, MI

The homeowner explained that he has ice dam issues every year and he usually has to go outside and breakup the ice on the edge of his roof. He stated that he started to see wet spots on the walls on the inside of his house because the water from the ice dams were leaking into his home. The edge of the roof would get a large amount of ice every year, and water stains were occurring on the walls inside of the home. The problems were caused by a lack of insulation and a lack of ventilation coming through the soffits because they were blocked with the insulation installed. The attic floor exterior top plates had also not been air sealed allowing warm conditioned air in the winter to escape into the attic and warm the roof at the eaves and melt the snow. The homeowner chose to have the problem fixed because he was tired of having to scrape away at the ice building up on his roof and gutters as it was a hazard if one of them were to fall and hurt someone. He also did not want to have a bigger problem with the water that was coming in and causing water stains on his ceiling and walls from the ice melting. The homeowner's biggest concern with the problem was that the ice dams were causing water to run into the house were causing water damage on his ceiling and walls. He was afraid that if this problem were to persist he would end up with mold and roof damage.

  The homeowner chose our company because we were able to identify the problems as to why he was getting ice dams to form and using thermal imaging we were able to show the homeowner the true problem with out him having to rely on just our word alone like some of the other companies that he had quoted him for just adding more insulation. We were also able to identify mold growth that he had on the north side of his attic due to lack of insulation and ventilation. Our solution was to remove all of the insulation on the attic floor in order for us to properly air seal all of the holes and gaps in the attic floor (top plates, bond plates, wire penetrations, pipe penetration, ect.) in order to stop the conditioned air that was being heated during the winter from rising into the clean attic. We air sealed and insulated the hatch opening and then filled the attic floor with cellulose insulation to R60 value. Some of the challenges that we faced during the process was the size of the opening to the attic. It was extremely difficult to get the bagged fiberglass batt insulation through the access hole and it also made it difficult for getting in and out of the attic. We used Mold X2, SilverGlo, weather-stripping, ZypFoam DuroVent Baffles and TruSoft Cellulose. The homeowner now has a more comfortable and energy efficient home and he has not experienced any ice dam issues since we have completed the project.

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


In Home Mold what to look for in South Lyon, 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 the 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 it 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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