Following the departure of your unwanted visitor, it is now time to restore your attic. One of the first things to check is the state of the insulation, especially if the animal has been living in your attic for some time. The animal may have contaminated the insulation with its feces and urine. They can bring you and your family into contact with dangerous pathogens spread by microorganisms that wild animals carry. It may then be necessary to remove and replace the insulating wool.
Complete or partial replacement of the insulation
After cleaning and decontaminating the attic, our team can proceed with the complete or partial replacement of the insulation material. We start by removing by hand the insulation material that has been brought into contact with the animal's feces and urine. We then use an electric atomizer that converts a deodorant and disinfectant product into a fine mist that can more easily infiltrate into all the spaces in the attic and roof space. Urine that has impregnated the wood or materials is also treated by this mist.
The longer an animal has been in your attic, the more insulation you will need to replace. At Capital Wildlife Control, our team has all the experience and expertise necessary to remove the insulation. Most homes in Canada have blown insulation material or made with wood chips or sheets. Blown insulation can be removed well with industrial quality insulation vacuum cleaners. These powerful vacuum cleaners can remove insulation from attics, side walls and crawl spaces. On the other hand, sheets insulation materials must be removed by hand.
Types of insulating material
Once the insulation materials are soiled, you will need to install new ones so that your attic is heat-insulated. There are several types of insulating materials:
|Cellulose fibre or cellulosic fibre||It is the most highly recommended material in the industry due to its heat-insulating and soundproofing properties. It is also an ecological insulator that is very popular in green building.|
|Mineral wool||This material is frequently used as thermal and acoustic insulation. Depending on the size of the fibres, mineral wool can be considered a health hazard.|
|Fiberglass||Fiberglass or glass wadding is used as thermal and acoustic insulation and also for its flame retardant properties.|
|Polystyrene foam||Polystyrene foam is a polymer that is used as synthetic insulation in residential construction because of its resistance to fire and moisture. However, its production is very energetic and requires the use of many chemicals that are hazardous to health and the environment. In addition, synthetic polymer-based insulation (polystyrene, polyurethane and polyisocyanurate) is poorly recycled and emits gases that are harmful to health or the environment.|
|Tarcork felt||It is an insulating material made of hemp, bitumen and cork. Hemp has the property of helping to regulate the temperature inside a home. In addition, hemp has excellent heat-insulating, soundproofing, fire-resistant and perspiring (allowing moisture to escape) properties.|
|Expanded cork||It is an ecological insulation made of cork known for its heat-insulating, soundproofing, non-flammable, perspiring and rotproof properties.|