It’s That Time of Year: Check Your Insulation for Issues Before the Winter

A-One Exterminators

Pests such as rats, mice, and squirrels chewing holes in your insulation all year can lead to a very chilly winter in Southern Oregon. Other common insulation problems such as improperly sealed belly wraps, mold and mildew growth, and dry rot can also compromise the integrity of your insulation. All these issues can lead to outside air permeating your home and forcing you to crank up the heat. Have a professional from A-One inspect your home’s insulation in the fall, before temperatures really start to drop, to keep your home secure all winter long.


Common Insulation Issues We Encounter in Grants Pass


Insulation is an important part of your home’s ecosystem. Yet many homes in Southern Oregon suffer from insulation that’s fallen prey to pests, rain, moisture, mildew, and other serious problems. Hosting compromised insulation in your home can be a major source of lost and wasted energy, as well as opportunities for pest infestations and harmful mold growth. Three of the most common insulation issues we discover are:


  • Pest-related damage. Some of the most common household pests in Southern Oregon love to make their nests out of insulation. The soft, thick material is ideal for nesting critters. Torn, shredded, or missing insulation in your attic and crawlspaces can let air and moisture in from outside.
  • Water and moisture infiltration. Moisture in your insulation can lead to mold and mildew growth, dry rot, and related health risks. Vapor barriers, belly wraps, and vent screens are all tools to help homeowners keep moisture out of their insulation materials.
  • Improperly sealed belly wraps. A belly wrap is an airtight, polyurethane seal that wraps around the vulnerable area between the earth and the bottom of your house. If someone improperly installs gas or water lines through the belly wrap, it can lead to an access point for pests.


The experts at A-One Exterminators know how to discover problems with your insulation. Fall is the ideal time to inspect, repair, and replace compromised insulation so you can find optimal energy savings, comfort, and security this winter. We can help you solve insulation problems and master home environment control. Contact us today for insulation services in Grants Pass.