By now, you have probably heard that mold can be a health hazard.  This is especially true for infants, the elderly, and those suffering from chronic disease or autoimmune conditions. Mold is common in nature.  The average person is frequently exposed to a variety of mold spores.  Outdoor mold spore concentrations are typically non-threatening.  Indoor […]

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Raccoons, Squirrels and Other Unwelcome Visitors to Your Attic! That scampering noise, late at night… is it on the roof? Or in the attic? You should be sure. Raccoons, squirrels, birds and other vermin are notorious for nesting in attics.  And in spring, it can grow from just a few critters to full family of […]

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Stay Cool & Save Cash This Summer! In the summer, when the sun is beating down on your roof,  your attic space can really heat up!  This can impact the comfort of livings spaces below and cause you to run your air conditioner more often, costing you money! THERE IS AN AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE An Attic […]

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Are Your Pull-Down Attic Stairs Costing You Cash?  Did you know that uninsulated pull-down attic stairs can reduce the overall performance of your attic insulation? It’s true! For example, if you have a 1000 sq. ft. attic with an R value of R-38, and you have uninsulated attic stairs, you effectively drop your overall R-value […]

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DON’T FORGET TO CHECK YOUR ATTIC! If you are selling your home, you probably put a lot of energy into making it look its best! And, you likely realize that any interested buyer will have the property inspected by a certified home inspection professional. Home Inspectors are typically thorough. One area, most home inspectors will […]

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We have been getting calls regarding water dripping from smoke detectors and other fixtures.  This can occur when ice or frost built up on your attic sheathing begins to melt or when moisture builds up in your attic space due to high humidity levels often the result of bathroom fans or dryer exhaust letting out […]

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Cross ventilation – the combination of intake and exhaust vents helps your attic “breathe” by bringing in fresh external air in, and exhausting hot or moist air out. Attic ventilation is key to utility cost savings and extending the longevity of your roof, heating system, and air conditioning unit.  Without attic ventilation you can have […]

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Icicles and Ice Dams Over the past week here in Chicagoland, street after street you can see icicles hanging from homes – new homes, old homes, townhomes, and even commercial buildings are “decorated” with icicles. While considered beautiful by some, icicles may indicate trouble.  But not all icicles are problematic. This past week we have […]

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Attic Moisture and Attic Frost Why is there frost build up in my attic? Moisture is ever present, yet invisible in the air.  Added moisture is generated by daily activities like cooking and bathing.  In the winter here in the Midwest, additional moisture is often purposefully generated by a humidifier to prevent dry skin, sore […]

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