Why Should You Identify Your Insulation?
Insulation is a material designed to prevent heat, cold or sound from being transferred from one area to another. Insulation is used to keep the summer’s heat, or the winter’s cold in or out of your home, or to confine it to a specific area of your house.
Identifying your homes insulation type is important. Your health could be affected by certain types of insulation made of asbestos, and your wallet could be taking a punch from energy bills due to ineffective or outdated insulation.
Asbestos causes a rare, fatal type of cancer, and was used in home insulation until the 1970’s. Many older homes have less insulation than homes built today, resulting in higher energy bills for unsuspecting homeowners.
Types of Insulation
There are 4 main types of insulation you may encounter: fiberglass, batt, rigid, sprayed foam and radiant barriers.
Fiberglass insulation consists of natural, man-made fibers that are blown into the ceiling cavity. Batt insulation is made from Earth Wool or cotton fiber and comes in roll form. Rigid insulation is in board form and often made of plastic. Foam insulation is sprayed and expands to fill the area. Radiant barrier insulation has an aluminum foil backing to prevent heat from radiating throughout the space, and is usually only found in unfinished attics.
Determining your home’s insulation type is the first step in indicating your level of protection from the elements, and possible health hazard.
Is Your Insulation Outdated?
Older types of insulation, such as fiberglass, may be pink,yellow or white and is often still used but is highly less effective. If your current insulation is torn or discolored you can guarantee you are overspending on your energy bill.
If you touch the material in your insulation and it breaks apart, it is time for a replacement.
The Department of Energy estimates a 10-50 percent savings on your heating bill when your home is properly insulated. Is your insulation robbing?
Is Your Insulation Hazardous?
Asbestos insulation was widely used because it was fire-resistant, cheap and durable. In the 1970’s, a ban was placed on asbestos and regulations prohibited its use in building materials and products. Asbestos is still found in many buildings today, including hospitals, schools and homes. Attic insulation is one of the primary sources for exposure. It is not uncommon to find asbestos insulation in your home. If you suspect your home contains asbestos insulation, do not try to remove it yourself. Asbestos poisoning can take anywhere from 15-60 years before symptoms present, you will not be immediately affected, but later in life fatal repercussions may appear. Fiberglass insulation has also been linked to certain cancers and is highly flammable. Ask yourself, “Is my insulation killing me?”
Replacing Your Insulation
Top 4 Reasons to Replace Your Insulation
- Setting or compacting
- Mold or mildew from water leaks
- Material is not thick enough
- Insulation is outdated and decayed.
You are spending a lot of money on lost energy if your home hasn’t been upgraded. The average, non weatherized U.S. home leaks air at a rate equivalent to a 4-square-foot hole in the wall, according to the “Solar Living Sourcebook” by John Schaeffer. With the residential sector consuming 35 percent of available energy to consumers, reducing our use of this costly resource can result in big savings.
Advantages of Blown In Cellulose Insulation
Long-Term Cost Savings
Mold and Pest Control
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Wolf spiders, mice and wasps, oh my!
Tennessee weather in February is unpredictable, to say the least.
When temperatures drop your home seems very appealing to these insect and rodent intruders. Suddenly, you are sharing your home with one, or several, ever-reproducing pests which can be very overwhelming. Noises of scurrying feet and evidence of their presence left behind on your counters are the worst nightmare of many homeowners. Finding evidence of a pest occupation in your home is the only sign you need to know it’s time to call an exterminator.
What Was That Noise?
You just laid down after a long,full day and are just about to drift into a peaceful nights slumber when suddenly you are woken. You lay still in your bed and listen, hoping you are only imaging the noise. Again, your eyes close and you begin to relax, when you hear it, screeeech! Certain this awful noise is not in your imagination, you listen closely and realize the noise you hear is coming from the attic. Sounds like whatever is up there is having a party at your expense!
This is a common occurrence in February. During the cold, winter months pests and insects are very much still around, but lay inactive trying to keep warm and safe. During their inactive time, they are laying eggs, or delivering babies, that will be hatch & be ready to wreak havoc by early spring. The noise you just heard is the first sign of the end of a long hibernation of sorts and the beginning of a pest infestation.
Common Pests of February
The most common pests found in Tennessee during February and early spring will send a chill down your spine. If you notice any evidence of these pests, or hear them scurrying about your home, it is time to look into your options for pest control services, such as Okeena Termite & Pest Control.
Your home is an investment, you protect it from burglary, fire and carry insurance for damages caused by nature. Pest control protection is just as important in maintaining your home’s structural integrity and value.
Mice are able to enter your home through even the smallest of openings, they come in search of warmth and immediately begin establishing residence. Chewing through your home’s wires and insulation, eating leftover crumbs on your kitchen counter and gnawing on stored food or materials is the main priority of the mouse.
The Wolf Spider and Brown Recluse Spider can be found in homes all over Tennessee. Both of these types of spiders have a poisonous bite, but not lethal. Nonetheless, a bite from either species can be painful and damaging to soft tissues. Spider bites can take months to heal and leave deep scars.
In Tennessee, if you find a wasp infestation it is most likely the red wasp. The red wasps queen is hidden throughout the winter months, preparing to start a new colony in the spring time. The wasps build their nests in areas of protection, this can result in finding your shed, attic or garage infested with a red wasp colony. The wasps are very protective and will protect their queen and nests by stinging, infecting you with a poisonous venom, causing pain and irritation.
Termites swarm annually when the temperature and precipitation are just right. Termites then flee from their colonies to find a mate and form a new colony. Your home could be the lovebird’s dream house! Termites are hard to uncover, swarms are great indicators of where the nest is located. Late winter and early spring are the prime time for termite swarms to begin. If you do locate a termite colony in your home, do not disturb it! Termites are survivalists and will relocate in a moments notice if a threat is perceived. The termite colony will occupy a new,hidden area of your property immediately. Discovering the colony will be difficult, most won’t be found until property damage occurs.
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According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), Tennessee is located in TIP Zone #2 (moderate to heavy), which means the potential for termite damage is considered significant.
What is a Termite?
Per Wikipedia, termites are insects that mostly feed on wood, leaf litter and soil. The termite is a pest that can cause serious structural damage to buildings, crops or plantation forests. Termites live in colonies that, at maturity, number from several hundred to several million individuals.
Types of Termites in Tennessee
There are an estimated 40,000 species of termites nationally. The Eastern Subterranean Termite is actively damaging homes statewide in Tennessee. In fact, the Eastern Subterranean Termite is the most common and destructive insect of the wood in the United States. Identifying the type of termite in your home is highly important to ensure the correct treatment plan is made in battling these destructive pests. The Eastern Subterranean Termite typically swarms from February to May.
How Much Damage Can A Termite Really Cause?
These pests are out to conquer and destroy your property. More than 2 BILLION DOLLARS in damages are reported each year across the U.S.
In nature, the termite is a significant factor. They actually benefit the Earth by breaking down dead trees and other materials that would pile up without the termite. Issues arise when the termite invades human structures. Infestations can go unnoticed and the damage done can be very costly.
How Do You Control Termites?
Do-It-Yourself termite control treatments sound appealing to many homeowners, but most often the termites have gone unnoticed for a long period of time and professional termite removal services are needed. If you find termites in your home, it is crucial you do not disturb them. Survival instinct will kick in and the termites will abandon the area where you discovered them and find a new,safer location for their colony. It is nearly impossible to eliminate a termite colony without professional services.
Okeena Termite and Pest Control is Here for YOU!
Okeena Termite and Pest Control is the brother company of 4-Evergreen Lawn Care. We are prepared to treat any termite infestation you may encounter.
Do not wait until the structural integrity of your home is at risk, as soon as you suspect a termite problem call Okeena for a FREE estimate and termite control evaluation. We are here for you!
For additional information, visit our website at www.okeenapestcontrol.com or call our office today (731) 285-4982.