Category: General Information

Vapor Barrier 101

Our proximity to the ocean and cooler climates means Bay Area homes are vulnerable to moisture control issues. Poorly controlled moisture and indoor humidity levels lead to problems, ranging from condensation on the windows to structural rot and mold infestations. Vapor barriers work in tandem with insulation and ventilation systems to keep interior moisture levels […]

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Is Your Attic A Dangerous Place?

When’s the last time you took a good, detailed lookup in your attic? If you’re like most people, the attic is a major afterthought, and that can lead to dangerous outcomes.  Is Your Attic A Danger Zone?  Here are five of the ways your attic can become a danger zone. By inspecting your attic at […]

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Why Your Home Has An Attic

While some flat-roofed homes don’t have attics, most homes built in the United States have some type of attic space. What you do with that space (or not) makes a difference in energy efficiency, whole-home comfort, and usable square footage.  3 Main Reasons Your Home Has An Attic  There are three main reasons most homes […]

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Is Your Attic A Waste Of Space?

What’s hanging out in your attic lately? Nothing? Then let’s look at ways you can take that attic waste of space and make it a more energy-efficient and usable part of your home’s square footage.  Ideas For Re-Imagining Your Homes Waste Of Space  Here are some of our favorite ways our clients repurpose their attics […]

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7 Tips To Make Your Attic More Efficient

Just as hats help to insulate your head and regulate body temperature, a home’s attic plays a crucial role in both whole-home energy efficiency, comfort, and healthy air quality. Unfortunately, old or outdated attics contribute to homes that struggle to keep up with thermostat demands, pest issues, polluted air in the air ducts, and moisture control.  […]

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What NOT To Store In The Attic

The attic is a common storage area. All too often, however, when hired to clean out, reinsulate or sanitize an attic space, we see all kinds of stored items that should never have been there. If your attic serves as a personal storage unit, it’s essential that you learn which items should never be stored in the […]

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7 Summer Attic Improvements For An Energy Efficient Home

Is your attic more of an afterthought than a focus of your daily life? We get it. However, today we are asking you to shine the spotlight in your attic and see if it has these seven essential features. These attic updates and upgrades will benefit you this summer - and beyond.  Attic Improvements For […]

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Good Or Bad: Using Your Attic For Storage

It’s not uncommon for Bay Area attics to be chock-full of stuff, ranging from generations of furniture and trunks to the odd assortment of boxes and seasonal decorations.   While this is understandable, you should only use your attic for storage under certain conditions.  5 Must-Haves Before Using The Attic For Storage  Here are five things that […]

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How to Insulate an Old House: Why the Attic is Key

Have you been experiencing colder winters lately? Is your house an older structure with an attic? If it is, you need to look into adding proper insulation to your home. The energy efficiency of a house can cut down on costs bigtime. An example is how water heating uses around 90% of the energy it […]

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House of Horrors: The Top 10 Household Pests That Can Wreak Havoc in Your Life

Which household pests are notorious for torturing home dwellers? Click here to find out the top 10 household pests that are known for wreaking havoc! 1. Rats and Mice Are Some of the Worst Household Pests Having an infestation of rats or mice in your home can be some of the most damaging pests in […]

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7 Harmful Molds That Could Be Hiding In Your Home

Harmful mold and mildew growth is not only a structural rot issue, it is also an issue for healthy indoor quality. According to the Poison Control Center:  ...experts [have] found that being in damp indoor spaces seemed related to respiratory illnesses: nose and throat [upper respiratory] symptoms, cough, wheeze, and asthma symptoms. They also found […]

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Insulating an Attic? Read this First

Fall and winter are the times when your home will need to work overtime. This means that it's about time to check on your attic insulation and make sure it's up to par. After all, a poor insulation leads to energy loss, which then leads to higher bills. The insulation in your attic will degrade […]

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Rodent Proofing Your Garden Helps Rodent Proof Your House

Mice and rats are intelligent and curious creatures and, like humans, they love to find a safe and consistent source of food and shelter. By finding ways to rodent proof your yard and garden spaces, you’ll inherently protect your home from unwanted rodents. Rodent proofing your garden starts with denying the food source Your vegetable […]

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Why You Should Insulate Your Crawl Spaces

Insulation is a key player in your home’s energy system. Sufficient, geo-specific insulation can reduce your home’s energy spending because it reduces heating/cooling costs. When you consider that 40% to 70% of a home’s energy consumption is directed towards heating/cooling – air sealing and insulation becomes a significant priority. Crawl Spaces Need Insulation Too Most […]

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Which California Insects Are Most Likely to Bug You This Summer?

Along with the hordes of tourists and the Pacific coast breezes come the summer insects to the Bay Area. You can find these pests crawling up buildings, walking down the sidewalk, or marching around your kitchen. These creepy crawlies live in your yard, gardens, up in your trees and inside your home. So, what can […]

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A Brief Guide On The Various Types Of Attic Insulation

When you’re ready to replace the insulation in your home, you’ll need to choose the best types of attic insulation for your budget and your overall goals. Some insulation works better than others, some types are more expensive (and, typically, more energy efficient), and some are more eco-friendly than others.  Which Of These Types Of Attic Insulation Is Best […]

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How Do I Know If There’s Enough Insulation In My Attic?

The only way to know for sure whether your attic has enough insulation is to schedule an inspection with a licensed insulation contractor. We can tell you whether your insulation is sufficient, and we can also inspect the attic to look for any signs of potential water damage or pest infestations, both of which compromise […]

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Signs That It's Time To Replace Your Insulation

The insulation in your crawl space and attic serve a very specific purpose. It works to slow the transfer of heat into your house when it’s warm, and out of your house when it’s cold. When your insulation isn’t working properly, your energy costs are bound to go up. Insulation can save up to 11% […]

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Do You Need to Cover Your Attic Vents in the Winter?

Worried about those attic vents? Did you know that approximately 2% of building fires happen in the attic? That’s about 200 residential fires that happen each year because of a problem in the attic. Other significant problems in your attic may include black mold, mildew, or pests. The best way to stay away from these […]

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Eliminate Toxins In The Home With Attic Cleaning & Ventilation

Energy efficiency and whole home comfort is one reason to schedule an attic inspection and replace outdated insulation. However, an attic inspection can also help to locate sources of toxins that compromise indoor air quality. If necessary, we’ll remove old or dilapidated insulation, eliminate pest, mold, or mildew infestations, sanitize the entire attic space, and […]

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