How Ducting, Mold and Animal Activity Can Affect Insulation - MyRemodel.com

Ducting, Mold & Animal Activity

 

Exposed HVAC Ducting in Garages or Attics

It is NOT code for any home to have unsealed ducting in the garage OR even an open duct for heat in the garage.  Ducts and openings should be sealed off from the garage and then insulated, and drywalled. It can also be spray foamed for 100% sealant with Closed Cell Foam.

Ducting in an attic space is usually insulated.  Bubble wrap with foil is NOT an insulator.  Heat loss from unsealed, uninsulated ducting will always have an impact on your home – causing ice damming.  Low insulation and/or heat in the attic can sometimes be visible on older roofs as it causes discoloration to the shingles over years of rapid melt off.

Mold

Heat loss, either from leaking heat ducts in attic or low insulation, can cause mold growth during the right times of the year.  As the furnace is running, it is pulling air back to the unit through the return air system.  This may also pull mold spores into the home thru any openings/penetrations within the attic.  This must be remediated by professionals before any work can proceed in an attic space.

 

 

Animal Activity

Whether it is in your attic or in the crawl space/basement we have a solution for that!  Cellulose material contains a borate mix in it which is a deterrent to rodents and even some insects.  Closed Cell foam is the best product to use for crawl spaces/basements as it has a 100% seal – eliminating entry points and air movement at the same time. So, forget calling the pest company again or spending money on the outside of the home to stop rodents, let us solve it for you!!  Some insurance companies will cover animal destruction within attic spaces as well and if they do, we can help with that claim.

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