Things You Should Know Before Beginning Your Attic Clean Up
Updated: Apr 30
It’s time. The honey-do list can’t be ignored any longer and you are about to embark on the journey into the nether-region for the long-procrastinated attic clean up. But before you get started, you need to know what you should expect to find—and how to deal with it when you do.
Common attic ailments
The truth of the matter is that the clutter you’ve been tossing into your attic (because that’s a future you problem) is the least of your concerns when it comes to attic clean up. Because attics often aren’t used for more than keeping boxes of junk out of sight, they can quickly become problem areas for things like mildew and pest infestations.
Whether you heat your home with a woodstove or with a furnace, the pipes and ducts associated with your heat system probably travel through your attic at some point, and if those aren’t insulated well or are blocked, or if your attic isn’t properly insulated, you can wind up with a buildup of moisture that can lead to mold and mildew. The hassle and health risks associated with encountering mold and mildew buildup during your attic clean up are enough to motivate anyone to keep up their duct cleaning and maintenance.
The other attic clean up problem doesn’t have quite the same opportunity for prevention. Because you aren’t in your attic often, it is an opportune place for pests like mice, rats, bats, squirrels, and other rodents. Not only does this intrusion allow them an entry point into the rest of your home (ever had a bat get in your bedroom in the middle of the night? It’s probably not the most fun wakeup call you’ll have), but it also means mess—and the associated health and hazard risks. Rodent excrement can build up, and it doesn’t smell pretty. Not to mention, that smell can start to drift into the rest of your home—carrying the negative health effects with it. Further, rodents can chew through insulation, electrical wiring, soft concrete, wood (structure and furniture), drywall, rubber, plastic pipes, aluminum, gas lines, etc., so if any of these things run through your attic, you could be looking at a fire risk, the source of your mold and mildew problem, or even a structural problem.
The health risks
Having rats and mice in your attic can lead to some severe heath risks, too. In addition to the allergy and asthma trigger, rodents like rats and mice have been commonly known to spread diseases like hantavirus, salmonellosis and listeria through their droppings. If your attic clean up means you have to deal with the residue of a pest infestation, you’ll want to either ensure you are properly protected or call in a professional, because contaminated rodent urine can be deadly to you.
What you should do when you come across problems
In a word—call the pros
Things like mold, mildew, and rodent waste aren’t really things you want to tackle without experience and the best resources, so you are better off calling in professionals in the attic clean up industry instead of trying to take on the mess on your own. Rodent exclusion professionals have the skills and resources to safely and effectively turn your attic back into a space you can safely store your junk in. Give them a call today so you can safely move on to the next item on your honey-do list.