Keeping Your Family Safe with Attic Insulation
Posted in Attic Insulation, on April 17, 2020
COVID-19 is keeping everyone indoors – and much more than usual. While “staying home” is the watchword for all of us, it’s even more applicable for those who are working from home. It’s also a time to minimize health risks – and here, attention should be paid to our indoor environment.
Now that we’re spending so much time indoors, we’re also noticing how our indoor environment feels. Under normal conditions we often ignore the attic space (and the attic insulation), but these days it may be time to pay more attention. After all, the attic affects our entire indoor living space.
Even without stay-at-home directives, improving indoor air quality should be a priority for most homeowners. The fact is, pollutants, impurities, and germs aren’t necessarily seasonal, and clean indoor air is essential all year round. With the COVID-19 crisis, this has become more relevant.
Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality Matters For the Whole Family
Even during normal times, indoor air quality can be compromised for a wide variety of reasons: from outdoor traffic, to VOCs (volatile organic compounds), to conventional cooking. We don’t necessarily notice it all the time, but we are certainly exposed to the pollutants consistently.
Not surprisingly, most homeowners don’t pay much attention to their attic insulation. There’s also not much understanding about attic insulation and indoor air quality. To be sure, very few homeowners have their attic inspected, and many are quite surprised when problems arise.
Why Check Your Attic Insulation?
Attic inspection is as important to home maintenance as any other maintenance requirement. The thing is, the attic space is out-of-sight, and so it’s often overlooked. As such, roof issues, attic issues, and insulation issues are left unattended until serious symptoms begin to develop.
Without routine attic inspection, there may be contaminated areas in the attic that are unnoticed. While this can result in physical damages over time, there is also a potential for health risks, all depending on the type of contamination. With COVID-19, there’s an additional focus on health.
Many attics have enough insulation to deliver results, even though the home may have been built when asbestos was being used. When left undisturbed, asbestos remains intact, and without any danger. However, when disturbed for any reason, very dangerous fibres are released into the air.
Because asbestos in the attic can pose potential dangers, it’s smart to have the space inspected by a professional. An asbestos expert can assess the status and recommend a course of action. In the even that an asbestos deposit does have to be removed, it must be undertaken professionally.
Rodents and other critters often take up residency in an attic. Whether there are mice, squirrels, or rats, it’s critical to determine the cause and scope of the problem. These unwelcome varmints can cause serious destruction to installed insulation, and can sometimes pose health hazards.
Here again, cleanup and restoration should be left to a professional, mainly because of the risks. A contaminated attic has to be properly cleaned and disinfected as a first step. Then, it’s a matter of making the necessary repairs and reinstalling insulation to reestablish the thermal protection.
Attic mold results for a number of reasons – a leaky roof, insufficient attic ventilation, improperly installed insulation material, even waterlogged roofing. A mold infestation can create its own set of health problems when things get out of control – it’s often because of airborne mold spores.
For those who are most vulnerable, mold can exacerbate respiratory issues and allergic reactions. More than that, mold can affect a weakened immune system. The key is to identify the cause and extent of the mold growth and remediate the situation professionally. This is not a DIY weekend project.
The Health Effects of Damaged Attic Insulation
With damaged attic insulation, the potential health risks need to be averted, particularly with our current COVID-19 crisis. For a start, the attic should be properly inspected and assessed for any problem areas. Whether there’s mold or rodents or asbestos, corrective measures must be taken.
In the event that damaged insulation needs to be removed and replaced, it’s important that a trained, experienced contractor perform the work. For asbestos removal or mold removal, a licensed contractor should be hired. Asbestos and mold should absolutely not be DIY projects.
Four Seasons Insulation – Your Full Service Insulation Contractor
During COVID-19 Four Seasons Insulation is open for business. For the benefit of all, we’re taking special precautions with every one of our customers. As such, we can arrange for contact-free service to keep us all safe and secure. Whatever the need, our installation teams are available.
We are based in the Greater Toronto Area, and we also serve Oakville, Vaughan, and Mississauga. For over 10 years we’ve built our business on three fundamentals - installing high quality products; ensuring a high standard of workmanship; and providing excellent customer service.
For home insulation, the team at Four Seasons does everything under one roof – we remove insulation, provide air sealing, install new insulation, and ensure proper ventilation. Our people are insured and further protected under the WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board).
For residential homeowners in the GTA, Four Seasons offers a range of professional services. Find out more by calling 416-727-4181 or visit our website at www.4seasonsinsulation.ca .
Spray foam insulation is one of the best products on the market – it increases energy efficiency, reduces energy consumption, and provides utility savings throughout the year. Four Seasons installers are trained and experienced with spray foam installations. We are members of the Canadian Urethane Foam Contractors Association.
Four Seasons installs high quality attic insulation to enhance energy efficiency and improve home comfort. A professional installation improves overall thermal protection while ensuring better comfort in winter and summer. When attic insulation is poorly performing, it’s time to upgrade so that heating and cooling efforts are not wasted.
In most cases, insulation removal requires a professional. Our people identify performance issues and then recommend the best approach for insulation removal, repair work, and reinstallation of new materials. Quality is always at the forefront.
By any measure, a mold outbreak requires professional attention. Mold removal requires special equipment and personal expertise to ensure complete and comprehensive removal. It’s the only way to make sure that a space like the attic is mold free. With any mold infestation, a thorough, professional inspection is the best place to start.
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