When animals break into your attic, they quickly come in contact with your insulation and if left up there for a while, they can really wreak havoc. That is where Illiana Wildlife Services comes in. Not only do we remove the animals, but we also repair the damage, including damage to your attic’s insulation.
We commonly see the most damage done to attics by raccoons. When they walk over your insulation, they compress it, destroying its R value, resulting in decreased energy efficiency and higher utility bills.
Animals damages the attic
The other animals that commonly do damage to your attics’ insulation are bats. Not that they are heavy, but because bats are small it makes it easier for them to fit in small holes, and the accumulation of feces and urine leaves an odor. Getting rid of it means completely removing the existing insulation and then replacing it with a new one after spraying a deodorizer or disinfectant.
Sometimes, a complete removal/replacement is not necessary and all we need to do is add an insulation for minor damages. The homeowner may also be short on insulation, or may want to sell their home someday and want to avoid the stigma or questions when the home buyer’s inspector opens up the attic and sees feces.
Everyone’s situation is different. For some people, their homeowners insurance covers animal damages. However, other people pay out of their own pockets. We try to weigh all the factors and then advise clients on how we would react in their situation.
Insulation and the resulting lower utility bills it provide.
We do love insulation and the resulting lower utility bills it provide. Sometimes, there are Federal tax rebates for energy efficiency upgrades. If you have had animals in your attic in the past or currently have animals and need them removed, ask us about our services. We would love to help.