If you've ever had an animal trapped in your attic, you know what a mess they can leave behind! Raccoons can defecate and urinate in attics leaving ringworm behind. Bats will also leave their guano behind that can carry Histoplasma which could cause Histoplasmosis, an infection caused by breathing in spores of a fungus often found in bird and bat droppings. Histoplasmosis can cause breathing problems, leaving people with pre-existing conditions more susceptible.
At North Shore Wildlife, we perform attic cleanouts for bat guano as well as other animal feces, along with removal and replacement of insulation. First, we vacuum up the feces using a HEPA vac and apply DSV (a product we use to disinfect, sanitize, and deodorize attics) to the wood in the attic. If contaminated, we will remove and replace the affected insulation.
Fiberglass is a kind of fiber mainly composed of glass, and it is used in a wide range of applications. It is also the predominant type of insulation used in residential and commercial thermal projects.
In general, fiberglass can also be used in the manufacturing of various products, including arrows, automobile bodies, boat hulls, roofing, tent poles, and even shower curtains. However, as an insulator, it traps air and slows the transfer of heat in a range of places. This way, fiberglass can keep rooms warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Fiberglass insulation serves as a highly convenient way to increase your home's energy efficiency. According to some statistics, thermal insulation (fiberglass as well as its alternatives) may lower residential energy costs by up to 40 percent.
Seeing that fiberglass is quite fast to install, a lot of homeowners prefer it to other alternatives. It's also one of the least expensive ways of insulating one's home.
- It is very flexible: Thanks to the fact that it's available in rolls and pre-cut panels, fiberglass insulation can very easily be installed between rafters, studs, and joists blocks. It offers a snug fit that will most assuredly stop airflow and the transfer of heat.
- It is energy efficient: When installed correctly, that is. Batt insulation can help you save on your heating and cooling bills by as much as 50 percent. In addition to lower energy bills, fiberglass also makes your home more comfortable year-round.
- It poses no fire hazard: Since it's made from sand and recycled glass, this thermal product is naturally fire retardant. This makes it a very attractive choice for homeowners who live in very dry climates, where the heat can start fires.
- Noise-canceling abilities: When installing additional insulation, the level of noise coming into the house is significantly reduced. This occurs due to the natural sound-dampening properties of fiberglass.
- Additional benefits: Batt insulation is made from recycled materials, which reduces its reliance on fossil fuels and its ecological footprint. In addition, fiberglass insulation is effective and inexpensive; it does not shrink, and insects do not nibble at it because it offers them no nutrition.
- Versatile: Fiberglass comes in two forms-batt and blown-in. With their standard dimensions, batts are most often placed between wall studs, floor joists, and ceiling rafters in new construction projects. Blown-in fiberglass insulation allows for extra versatility in retrofit projects and hard-to-reach places.
- Affordable: Thanks to its high availability and the use of inexpensive materials in the manufacturing process, fiberglass is one of the most affordable types of insulation you can choose. Decide between standard and high-performance batts to optimize your insulating power, no matter how much space you have to work with.
- Easy to install: Fiberglass insulation, whether in batt or blow-in form, is easy to install for professionals! Depending on the scope of the project, the entire process shouldn't take very long.
- Eco-friendly: Most blown-in fiberglass is manufactured with 20 to 30 percent recycled glass material, making it an eco-friendly choice for insulating your home or business.
In homes, fiberglass insulation is extremely useful at protecting certain parts of the building envelope from the outside weather. It comes in pink, white, yellow, or green, and, depending on the manufacturer, has more or less of a spongy feel.
Even though it is usually found in blanket form (called batts), fiberglass is also available in bags of loose fill. The batts come in standard pre-cut lengths and widths and the homeowner typically staples them into place. You can find batts in different thicknesses - the thicker the batts, the higher the resistance to heat flow. This heat resistance is called R-value; most common R-values for walls range between R11 and R19, while ceilings go as high as R30 to R38.