Home Environment Solutions Q&A

Can mold cause health problems for babies?

Infants are particularly sensitive to all kinds of mold, and in some cases, infants exposed to mold suffer serious and long-term illnesses. In most cases, healthy people recover, but in some instances, individuals can suffer long-term effects from mold exposure, especially when toxigenic mold is the cause of illness.  Those with weaker immune systems, the elderly, children and infants are more susceptible to mold-related illnesses. 

Does blown in cellulose insulation settle in walls?

It is possible that blown in insulation will settle in walls, but only when not properly installed to the specified densities by a competent insulation professional. We dense pack are TrueSoft Cellulose insulation to the desired pounds per square inch to prevent settling from happening.  This can only be achieved with the proper type of professional insulation equipment 

Does fiberglass batt insulation degrade over time?

Yes, over time fiberglass batt insulation breaks down and become less effective.  Weather, critters, dust, compaction, moisture, mold and general age are culprits for breaking down your fiberglass batt insulation over time.  

Does vinegar kill mold?

Yes & No Vinegar is a mild acid which can kill around 80% of mold species. However vinegar will not penetrate the surface. If mold is growing on something porous like wood or drywall your going to want something that can penetrate and remove the mold for good. Otherwise its going to grow back. We offer more permanent solutions. Call us today to get your mold removed!

How does cellulose insulation prevent pest infestation?

Many homeowners who have fiberglass insulation can tell you how the skin-irritating material can make an excellent nest for various types of pests. The warmth and shelter are ideal for rats and mice to settle down and nest inside your attic and walls, and certain insects prefer the safety and solitude away from potential predators. Because pests find so many advantages to nesting in insulation, it can make pest management that much harder in your home. Many people are not aware there are alternatives to fiberglass insulation for your home's attic. 

Certain types of household pests can be eliminated through the installation of cellulose insulation. Not only is the insulating material environmentally friendly (it’s made of recycled newspaper), the insulation is treated with boric acid, which serves as a flame retardant and a deterrent to fungus. The boric acid can also act as a pesticide, discouraging pests from entering and nesting inside your walls and ceilings.

How does insulation work?

To understand how insulation works it helps to understand heat flow, which involves three basic mechanisms -- conduction, convection, and radiation. Conduction is the way heat moves through materials, such as when a spoon placed in a hot cup of coffee conducts heat through its handle to your hand. Convection is the way heat circulates through liquids and gases, and is why lighter, warmer air rises, and cooler, denser air sinks in your home. Radiant heat travels in a straight line and heats anything solid in its path that absorbs its energy.

Most common insulation materials work by slowing conductive heat flow and -- to a lesser extent -- convective heat flow. Radiant barriers (which are not insulation products) and reflective insulation systems work by reducing radiant heat gain. To be effective, the reflective surface must face an air space.

Regardless of the mechanism, heat flows from warmer to cooler until there is no longer a temperature difference. In your home, this means that in winter, heat flows directly from all heated living spaces to adjacent unheated attics, garages, basements, and even to the outdoors. Heat flow can also move indirectly through interior ceilings, walls, and floors -- wherever there is a difference in temperature. During the cooling season, heat flows from the outdoors to the interior of a house.

To maintain comfort, the heat lost in the winter must be replaced by your heating system and the heat gained in the summer must be removed by your cooling system. Properly insulating your home will decrease this heat flow by providing an effective resistance to the flow of heat.

How many inches of blown insulation in attic?

In our climate region the US Department of Energy recommends R-38 to R-60 for attic insulation. We get the best results installing 17" of TrueSoft Cellulose Insulation which gives the home owner an R-60 value.

Is cellulose insulation fire retardant?


Cellulose insulation has the highest fire safety rating (Class I). It is treated with borate that meet all federal, state, and local fire safety requirements. It actually helps make your home safer by providing up to 50% better fire resistance than fiberglass.  

What does R-value mean?

R-value is a measure of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. The higher the R-value the greater the resistance. 

Different types of insulation are rated by their R-value or ability to slow heat transfer.  Desired R-value depends on climate type and geographic location.  You can find the recommended R-value for your location at the U.S. Department of Energy's website. 



What is cellulose insulation made from?

Cellulose insulation essentially is paper.  Strictly speaking, cellulose insulation can come from any cellular plant source. But generally it is made from recycled newspaper and cardboard.  

What is the stack effect?

The stack effect is the movement of air into and out of your home, resulting from air buoyancy. Buoyancy occurs due to a difference in indoor-to-outdoor air density resulting from temperature and moisture differences. 

Since homes are not totally sealed, the stack effect will cause air infiltration.  During the heating season, the warmer indoor air rises up through your home and escapes out through the attic.  The rising warm air reduces the pressure in the base of your home, which then draws cold air in from the outside to replace the warm air that left through your attic.  The cold air typically penetrates around your rim joist in the basement. 

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