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Attic Clean Out: Spring Cleaning Your Attic

By Chuck Henrichsen on March 12, 2015

Spring has finally arrived! As trees begin to bud and flowers begin to poke their heads through the wet soil, its about time that we poke our heads up into our attics. With the arrival of spring comes the perfect opportunity to conduct a thorough spring cleaning of our homes. Here are a few ways you can get your attic spring ready.

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1. Your Attic Clean Out

Cleaning out your attic is a task that allows you to filter back through collected items and random boxes to decide what you really need and what you don’t. Not only is it the perfect time to clean out the contents of your attic, but it is also a good time to inspect the conditions of the attic itself.

How To Clean Out Your Attic:

When it comes to your belongings, begin by going through old boxes. For items with no sentimental or practical purposes, consider whether or not it could go. By avoiding a cluttered attic, you can decrease the amount of dirt and dust buildup while discouraging pests from finding a place to nest. Sweep out or vacuum up the dust and dirt that has likely formed a film across all horizontal surfaces in your attic. Without this important first step in your attic clean out, the sealing and insulation will not be as beneficial or effective.

2. Seal Your Attic:

While you’re up there, inspect the condition of the walls, corners, and floor for any signs of cracks or holes. Moisture, bugs, and pests can easily find their way into your attic through these tiny gaps. Air that is allowed to freely circulate in your attic allows moisture to seep into your attic’s contents and insulation.

How To Identify Unsealed Areas:

Conduct a thorough inspection of your attic to identify any areas where air appears to be getting in or where cracks and holes appear to be letting light in. These areas should be marked so you can remember where they are later.

As part of our services, we help customers analyze the condition of their insulation and decide on what the next appropriate action should be. We also offer full attic clean outs where we remove damaged or old insulation, thoroughly inspect the attic for cracks and holes, and eliminate the dust and dirt that has built up over time.

3. Insulate Your Attic

While cleaning out and marking up your attic, you can analyze the condition of your insulation. Insulation that is wet or molding can encourage rot and deterioration in your home’s wooden frame, while producing unpleasant odors that naturally accompany mold and mildew. There are many benefits that follow from re-insulating your attic.

Temperature

Because attics have such a large surface area, energy can easily escape through this broad, thin surface. Homes that lack sufficient insulation tend to have stark temperature differences between rooms, making the home feel drafty and uncomfortable. Your attic is one of the simplest and most rewarding places to install new insulation because it can help your home retain more energy and feel more comfortable.

Moisture

Holes and cracks in the walls and corners of your attic allow water and moisture to circulate in your attic. This moisture can dampen your insulation, and then mold and mildew have an ideal environment to grow. This decay can damage the wood in the attic, release unhealthy chemicals into the air, and leave a stench on the belongings stored in your attic. Properly sealing and insulating your attic will help to keep your attic and insulation dry and free from decay.

Save Money

Re-installing your attic can have monetary benefits as well. Research has shown that homeowners can save up to 30% on their energy bills simply by restoring their insulation. These savings have shown to compensate the cost of the installation within 1-3 years of the install, allowing homeowners to enjoy the extra funds that are not being wasted on their energy bills.

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Having Your Attic Insulated

In order to enjoy all the benefits listed above, it is important that the insulation process be performed thoroughly and efficiently. At Clean Crawls, we specialize in prescriptive sealing and insulating attics and crawl spaces so you can reap the benefits.

Following an inspection of the space, our team will thoroughly clean out all unwanted insulation and trash from your attic. We then select the kind of insulation that is best suited to the type of home, its location, and the owner’s preferences. Cellulose, spray foam, and blown in insulation are just a few of our options.

Your attic is one of the most important areas of your home to have properly insulated. If you are interested in having your attic cleaned out and insulated, our services are at your disposal. For more information, feel free to give us a call or fill out our contact form.

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Chuck Henrichsen
President and CEO of Clean Crawls, Treasurer of E3 World Wide, proud husband and father.

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