Attic No Longer Leaky Nor A Place For Mice To Nest
Completion date: April 30, 2018
Location: Eugene, OR
Living in a house for over 40 years means you really get to know that house and where the more uncomfortable spots are located. This Eugene, OR home near North Eugene High School had rooms upstairs that were quite hot in the summertime and cold in the winter. They were tired of it, and since they planned to stay in the home for the rest of their lives, it was time to take care of it.
This couple met us at Eugene’s Fall Home Show and set up an appointment for one of our Energy Consultants to come out and investigate.
Our Energy Consultant used one of his diagnostic tools—the FLIR camera—to take photos and show the owners where air was leaking out. The light on the ceiling (see photo) was off when this photos was taken. The orange color around and on the light shows the air was leaking through. It was clear that air they were paying to heat, or cool, was leaking out of the house, into the attic, and then right out into the outside!
The access to the attic also had issues—the purple color in the photo shows that the access door is very cold.
Our three-person insulation crew first removed the old insulation in the attic. Besides some old rock wool, underneath that was pink fiberglass (see photo). This was giving rodents a comfortable, warm place to live; the owners had seen mice in the house. The crew then sealed all the places where air was leaking in from the home below. For the attic access, the crew installed a special insulated scuttle cover. They then blew in TruSoft™ cellulose insulation to the higher R-60 level. Besides making a thick blanket in their attic, rodents do not like to nest in it.