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Under Insulated Attic in Walled Lake, MI

Under Insulated Attic in Walled Lake, MI

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We were called to check an attic for home comfort.  Our customer had us top off this attic with new blown in stabilized cellulose insulation.  This blanket of top off insulation will add R value for more comfort in their home.

Attic Mold in Walled Lake, MI

Attic Mold in Walled Lake, MI

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Inadequate ventilation in the attic.  Mold was found after inspection for a home sale.  We remediated the mold using RMR-86 and RMR-141 to remove the stain and mold. Once we cleaned we also removed any debris in the soffits and installed all new duel baffles for proper ventilation.

Attic Mold in Walled Lake, MI

Attic Mold in Walled Lake, MI

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Mold odor occurs in the home when no one is at home for days on end.  The customer had us out to evaluate the attic and our mold inspector found lots of mold in the homeowner's attic.  We came in and cleaned the mold using RMR-86 and RMR-141 to remove the stain and mold from the attic.  We also cleared the soffits of debris and added all-new duel baffles for better ventilation.

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TCI Home Services is the local expert for mold treatment, mold removal, attic insulation, and a broad range of other attic services that are guaranteed to make your home more comfortable and efficient.

Got attic mold? Uncomfortable rooms? High utility costs? Give TCI Home Services a call to schedule your free estimate for attic contractors in Walled Lake.

TCI Home Services's attic services in Walled Lake

  • Mold Removal
  • Attic Insulation
  • Cellulose Insulation
  • Rigid Foam Board Insulation
  • Radiant Barriers
  • Air Sealing
  • Duct Insulation
  • Duct Sealing
  • Duct Cleaning
  • Ice Damming
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Insulation in Walled Lake, MI

  The homeowner went up into his attic and noticed mold growth on his roof deck and his attic insulation was extremely dirty. Mold was present all over the roof deck and the attic had hot/humid air that was not being vented properly. The soffits were blocked with previously blown in insulation and the attic floor had not been air sealed allowing conditioned air from the home to leak into the attic. The homeowner chose to have the problem fixed because he was concerned about the structural integrity and life of his roof. He also wanted to save more on his heating and cooling bills. The homeowner's biggest concern was that the mold in his attic was unhealthy to have in his home and that it would ruin the life expectancy of his roof. 

  The homeowner chose our company because we were very thorough with the inspection and was able to explain to him clearly what needed to be done to resolve the problem. He also noted he just wanted to get everything updated at his home so he wouldn't leave his kids any expenses that needed to be put out to sell the home one day. Our solution was to clean the roof deck and trusses free of mold and install the proper amount of baffles into the soffits. We would then completely remove the blown in fiberglass and batt insulation that was on the attic floor and air seal the attic floor. Once the attic floor had been air sealed we would then blow in all new cellulose to R60. We did experience some challenges with getting the mold removed from the roof deck as it was embedded deep into the wood. Removing the insulation also posed a challenge due to insulation being blown on top of the batt insulation made it more time consuming to switch techniques for removal. We used a combination of products. To remove the mold we used a HEPA vacuum and then treated the attic with Mold X2 and Mold X2 Botanical products. We then installed DuroVent baffles to all bays that had soffits in them. For insulation we used ZypFoam for air sealing the attic floor and then blew in 17" of TruSoft Stabilized Cellulose for an R60 value, 4" SilverGlo foam board for insulating the hatch cover to R20 and weather-stripping to create an air tight seal around the hatch. The homeowner now has a mold free attic and an energy efficient attic floor in Michigan with R60 insulation, reducing the cost if his heating and cooling bills.


Insulate and Air Seal needed if Bone Chilling Cold in the Winter & Blazing Hot in the Summer in Walled Lake

Insulation Installation and Home Comfort


Are areas in your home freezing cold in the winter and super-hot in the summer? Or just looking to improve your homes energy efficiency and comfort? the attic should be at the top of your priority list. Insulation and air sealing in the attic have a dramatic effect on the home's overall energy performance, and upgrades in this area can lead to significant savings on heating and cooling costs. 

Most homes in Michigan have R-30 (just under 10 inches) which was the previous code. With increasing to the current code of R-49 (approx. 15 inches) our homeowners experience significant savings on their heating bills and savings on their electric bills during the summer months when air conditioning is used. Think of your home like a large bag surrounding your living environment. If you turn your furnace or air conditioning off how long will the hot or cold air stay within your home? The more thermal barrier to the outside environment you have the less your equipment will run saving you money and increasing comfort

How the attic impacts home comfort


Cellulose insulation can be installed over existing insulation without interfering with your storage area

About 50% of energy costs are typically attributed to heating and cooling, making it one of the biggest expenses for many homeowners. The attic has a major impact on home efficiency for several reasons:

  • Air leaks and drafts between attic and living space
  • Air leaks and drafts between attic and outdoors
  • Poor or incorrect ventilation
  • Insufficient attic insulation
  • Uninsulated ductwork in the attic

Best methods for improving attic efficiency


Air sealing: The first step to improving attic efficiency is air sealing. Your attic is full of gaps and cracks that allows conditioned air to escape from the living space into the attic and unconditioned air to enter from the outside. Sealing these air leaks helps to keep your attic isolated from the outside and keeps conditioned air inside your home.


Attic insulation: Many attics are lacking proper insulation, which is one of the biggest causes of energy waste and uncomfortable rooms. Raising attic insulation to proper levels prevents heat transfer between the attic and the living space, meaning your HVAC system will run less because conditioned air is being contained in the areas you want to heat and cool.


Ductwork services: If you have ducts in your attic, they are affected by the extreme hot and cold temperatures that occur in that space. When you try to send cold air through hot ducts or vice versa, the air in the ducts is heated in summer (and cooled in the winter), making it difficult to heat or cool your home. Having ducts in attics is extremely inefficient, which is why duct sealing and duct insulation are smart upgrades for homeowners with ductwork in the attic.


In Home Mold what to look for in Walled Lake, MI

Where Does Mold Grow?


First, it's important to know where to look. Mold tends to prefer cold, dark, and moist spaces. You probably won't find it in your living room, but your attic and crawlspace are much more likely hiding spots.

Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.

And that's not all. You might also find it in doorways, windows, heating and air conditioning systems. It enters your home either through the air or by being attached to other moldy items like old shoes or newspapers. Once it's there, it's difficult to get rid of.

Signs of Mold

The health risks of mold make looking for early signs that it's growing into your home absolutely crucial. If you see even subtle signs, it might be time to call for professional help to take care of the remediation. Some of these signs include:

Irritated lungs and breathing, similar to allergy symptoms.

A musty smell in the home or areas of the house.

Visible mold, both black and with potentially colored spots.

Water leaks, past flooding, or persistent condensation.

Rust and warping of materials due to humidity.

Most of these don't necessarily point directly to mold growth. They just point towards an environment that encourages this growth. That's why simply looking for them doesn't tend to be enough. A more comprehensive inspection is vital to making sure you know about any potential problems.

Can Mold Harm Humans?

The problems with mold are much more than just an inconvenience. Studies have repeatedly shown the many health risks that the spores can bring with them. In fact, mold has been linked to anything from chronic coughs to allergic reactions, skin rashes, red eyes, and more. In some cases, it can get worse.

The reason mold removal services tend to be so important is what mold does to the health of some of the most vulnerable people around us. Most are particularly dangerous for those of us with autoimmune disorders, chronic lung disease, strong allergies, or asthma. And of course, it's worse for infants, children, and the elderly, whose immune systems might not be able to fight against it.

The lesson is clear: you don't want and probably can't afford to have mold in your home. Unfortunately, due to its favorite locations, it could also be difficult to find at times. A thorough inspection can help you find it, but looking out for early growth signs is also important.

Mold Prevention Tips

Ideally, you never let it get to a point where removal becomes a necessity. In the interest of your health and your home's value, you want to make sure that you can prevent rather than remediate the mold. A few tips can help you achieve that goal:

Keep the humidity in your home low, preferably under 40%.

Regularly check your home, particularly the potential problem spots mentioned above, for growth and take care of it early when needed.

Don't let wet areas stay wet. Dry them to make sure they don't become a hospitable environment.

During renovations, invest in mold-resistant drywall and sheetrock to create a less preferable environment.

Regularly clean your roof gutters to avoid any potential leaks or water entering the home in hidden spots.

Clean mold problems immediately, rather than letting it grow into a more significant problem.

It pays to be proactive. Still, you can't be expected to know every square inch of your home. In addition to these general tips, it pays to have regular mold inspections, both for your peace of mind and to be able to detect issues before they become major problems.


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