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Insulation Replacement in Athens, Georgia

Clean Up your Attic and Save Energy After an Animal Problem

The nozzle of an insulation installation machine blowing replacement insulation into the attic of a house.

Whether you have rats, squirrels, bats, raccoons, or even mice in your attic or insulated crawl space, one thing is certain: They leave a mess behind -- a dirty, filthy, stinky, unhealthy mess. Their urine and droppings can get into the insulation where it can cause odors and serve as breeding media for insects, fungi, and other pathogens, which can then get into the living area of your home (especially if you have forced-air heating and air-conditioning).

Animals in your attic can also damage the insulation itself by pulling and tearing at it, using it for nesting material, or flattening it out (which reduces its thermal efficiency). This winds up costing you more money for heating and cooling.

Contaminated insulation can't be cleaned, and damaged insulation can't be fixed. The only way to fix these problems is by removing the filthy, damaged insulation and replacing it with fresh, new, energy-efficient insulation. That's why whenever we do an animal-removal job in an attic, we inspect the insulation for contamination and damage.

Health Hazards of Animal-Contaminated Insulation

Insulation is designed to trap air between some substance such as fiberglass, foam, or cellulose. It's the air that does the actual insulating, not the insulation itself. But this also means that because of the way it works, insulation can trap and hold droppings, urine, and other body fluids. It can also serve as a breeding medium for bacterial and and fungal diseases.

In addition to the physical filth, contaminated insulation can also trap animal odors and slowly release them into the home over a period of months or years. Because the rate of release is affected by temperature and humidity, you may think the problem's gone, only to find that it comes back when the weather changes.

There's really no way to wash the insulation once it's contaminated. It will need to be replaced. Depending on the extent of the animal problem, all or only part of the contaminated insulation will need to go in order to restore the attic to a healthful condition.

Animal-Damaged Insulation and Energy Loss

Insulation is actually a more delicate material than most people realize. Remember, it's designed to trap air. If it gets damaged or flatted out, it can't trap as much air, and its insulating efficiency is greatly reduced. When animals run back and force across insulation, they flatten it out, which destroys its thermal efficiency. It needs to be fluffy, not flat, to do its job.

Animals in an attic often do very serious damage to the insulation. Aside from flattening it out, they sometimes tear away large sections of it -- much more than they need for nesting material. They also scratch at the vapor barriers, which can cause dampness, mold, and mildew. Raccoons in particular are known for destroying insulation, but many other animals do so as well. We don't know why. Maybe they're just bored.

Insulation Replacement

Rid-A-Critter started offering insulation replacement very early on in our history as an animal-removal company because so many customers needed it. We invested heavily in training and equipment so our technicians could do the job well, and we rapidly developed a reputation for quality insulation installation. As a result, we often are contacted by people who don't even have an animal problem but who want their insulation replaced for energy-efficiency reasons. We're very proud of that, and if we have the manpower available, we help these folks out. But we always give first priority to our animal-removal customers.

One of the things that customers love about our insulation replacement work is that we take care of everything, from start to finish, including:

In addition to making your attic and home cleaner, healthier, and fresher-smelling, replacing your old insulation will usually save you money. The materials that we use are top-quality and are much more efficient than the insulation that was available just a decade or two ago. With energy prices high and getting higher, the savings from upgrading your insulation can be considerable.

The Athens-Clarke County, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides high-quality insulation replacement in Athens, Commerce, Good Hope, Greensboro, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Watkinsville, Winder, and all the surrounding communities. Please contact us to learn more about this or any of our other quality services.

Insulation Replacement Gallery

Here are pictures of some of the insulation replacement jobs we've done in the Athens area.

 

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Started off in Rome ga, raccoons in the crawl space, then headed to Atlanta, ga, rats in the attic
by Chris Collender
Jan 05, 2023 11:48:37 am.

Happy New years, back at it, started off in Conyers ga, squirrels, then headed to Stone Mountain ga, rats in the attic, now In Gainesville ga, bats in the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 02, 2023 11:16:26 am.

Here's Wishing All of You a Merry Christmas from Rid-A-Critter!
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2022 12:56:04 pm.

Rain rain go away, i need to quote some houses today, started off Snellville ga, squirrels have chewed several new holes, paid 2 companies to do patch work , never works long term, why she called us, we will give her a permanent solution
by Chris Collender
Dec 20, 2022 12:54:00 pm.

Beautiful day but Baby, it’s cold outside. Started the day in Athens ga, rats, then headed to Brasselton, ga, rats, then headed over to Oxford, ga, squirrels. Good times
by Chris Collender
Dec 19, 2022 12:42:44 pm.

Back in conyers, ga today, seems to be busy over here, flyers in the attic, headed to Ellenwood, ga, square
by Chris Collender
Dec 16, 2022 09:53:13 am.

Beautiful day, had 2 stops in Dacula, ga. Rats and squirrels, headed to conyers, ga. For another squirrel job.
by Chris Collender
Dec 15, 2022 12:15:22 pm.

Busy day in the rain, had two quotes in Alpharetta ga, flying squirrels in both homes, headed to Athens ga, squirrels in the attic.
by Chris Collender
Dec 14, 2022 12:45:29 pm.

Quoted a rental property In Atlanta ga, rats, them headed to Athens, ga, mice, then off to Snellville ga, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2022 12:33:01 pm.

Finally no more rain, headed to Decatur ga, rental property, rats, headed to Monroe, ga, squirrels in a house, then back to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 12, 2022 03:51:16 pm.

Good day yesterday, other then the rain, started off in Dawsonville ga, rats, then headed to Lawrenceville ga, flyers, then headed to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 07, 2022 10:01:04 am.

Rainy day, started out in Duluth, ga, snakes found in the house, then headed to doraville ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Atlantic ga, rats. Busy day
by Chris Collender
Dec 05, 2022 03:25:03 pm.

Glad the rain stopped yesterday, we stood in Atlanta, ga. rats and squirrels, then headed to Duluth ga, squirrels again, then to Marietta ga, rats. Another good day
by Chris Collender
Dec 01, 2022 07:20:51 am.

Happy thanksgiving to all, it’s back to work, was in Decatur ga, rats, to off to McDonough ga, rats again, the headed to Douglasville ga, for grey squirrels, then I just left Carrollton ga, bats in attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 28, 2022 12:25:45 pm.

The management, staff, and logo animals of Rid-A-Critter wish all of our customers, suppliers, and Web site visitors a Happy and Save Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving from Rid-A-Critter
by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2022 10:05:14 am.

Cold day yesterday, started in Cedartown ga, squirrels in the soffits, had them last year, he tried to fix it himself last year, didn’t work. Headed to Mableton ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Marietta ga
by Chris Collender
Nov 22, 2022 08:21:48 am.

Rainy day, started off in Cleveland ga, bats in the ridge vents, then headed down to Atlanta ga, rats in the basement, then off to Douglasville ga, squirrels chewing holes threw customers shingles
by Chris Collender
Nov 15, 2022 03:36:15 pm.

It’s a cold Monday, was out in Monroe ga this morning, customer has had a constant issue with squirrels, then out 3 jobs in Atlanta ga, rats rats rats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 14, 2022 11:51:04 am.

Busy day yesterday, started off in Hoschton ga, rats, then out to a rental property in Atlanta, rats, then to Jonesboro ga, rats, then up to Athens ga, squirrels, good times.
by Chris Collender
Nov 10, 2022 10:19:13 am.

Was out in ellijay ga today, rats in crawl space, then headed to Hiawasse ga, flyers in attic, in Athens ga now, raccoons in a house
by Chris Collender
Nov 08, 2022 11:38:20 am.

Did a quote yesterday in Watkinsville, ga bats, and a quote for snakes, different houses, then off the Athens, ga snakes in a crawl space, has mice too. Then over to Covington, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 03, 2022 09:32:16 am.

Was in Sharpsburg ga, squirrels are chewing threw the shingles to get into the attic, then off to Fayetteville ga, bats in the attic. Headed to Duluth ga, squirrels chewing threw the roof junctions and now in Atlanta ga, for rats
by Chris Collender
Oct 31, 2022 01:43:13 pm.

Went to Rome ga, squirrels for years, then off to Stone Mountain ga, previous customer new house, squirrels again. Headed to Bishop ga, guess for what, squirrels. Seems like theme
by Chris Collender
Oct 26, 2022 01:29:38 pm.

Back at in, was in McDonough ga for squirrels and presences of bats, off the Athens ga for squirrels in a metal roof, over to Gainesville ga, previous customer, we sealed his other house, has flyers in his new house, now headed to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Oct 24, 2022 01:35:08 pm.

Another busy day, Conyers ga for birds, then to peachtree city ga, bats/rats , headed to Atlanta ga and then to Decatur. Good times
by Chris Collender
Oct 21, 2022 03:14:28 pm.

Beautiful day today, was in Bremen ga for bats, then off to Fairburn ga for squirrels, up to Atlanta ga for rats, headed to Brookhaven ga for another quote, not sure the animal just yet
by Chris Collender
Oct 11, 2022 12:57:50 pm.

Busy day, quoted rats in doraville, then Cummings, rats and squirrels, then headed to Covington, he has had issues for some time, squirrels with several chewed wires
by Chris Collender
Oct 04, 2022 12:55:50 pm.

I was in Big Canoe this morning, rats in the crawl space, then out to Douglasville for flyers in the attic, headed to Forest park for rats in a rental property
by Chris Collender
Sep 27, 2022 11:02:03 am.

Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 am.

The Athens, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides insulation replacement in Athens-Clarke, Greene, and parts of Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Banks, Jackson, and Oconee Counties in Georgia, including Athens, Auburn, Bogart, Commerce, Good Hope, Greensboro, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Watkinsville, and Winder. We are fully licensed and insured. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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