In addition to pest control and wildlife services, Cowleys has an experienced home improvement team that provides mold treatment and prevention, crawl space repair, and attic insulation. Members of Cowleys home improvement team were sent to a residence in Bradley Beach, NJ. The homeowner asked Cowleys to cap or “bulk up” his existing insulation to increase its R-value (the insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it) by adding approximately 4 inches of our insulation on top of his existing insulation.
Cowleys is a licensed installer of TAP Pest Control Insulation, a loose-fill cellulose insulation that is environmentally safe, ENERGY STAR designated, UL classified, and fire retardant. “TAP” stands for Thermal, Acoustical, and Pest Control. This insulation offers superior thermal, acoustical (sound-deadening), and pest control properties. Homeowners are often surprised when they first hear that we offer insulation that can help with pest control. Its paper fibers are treated with a borate solution, which is harmless to people, but lethal to many insects including ants, beetles, and termites. Because TAP insulation does not affect mammals, homeowners must still use traditional pest-control for mice, squirrels, and other wildlife. Because of this pest control component, TAP can only be installed by licensed pest control operators.
Added insulation is a great home investment that yield many benefits. Perhaps most important, adding insulation increases the enjoyment of your home. It improves the temperature regulation in your home and increases the comfort of your living environment. Adding insulation also has health benefits. It acts as a barrier that helps to keep environmental pollutants and allergens out of your home. It is also a moisture barrier. By keeping out unwanted moisture, a good insulation layer helps avoid mold growth and other excess moisture problems. There are also substantial cost benefits. By keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, added insulation reduces both your environmental footprint and your economic footprint! Improved insulation pays for itself through by reducing your energy bills and lowering the use of your air conditioner and heating system.
We were able to cap the insulation for this homeowner because the existing insulation was still in good shape. Often, our team is called in for insulation jobs after the existing insulation has been ruined. Sometimes, it’s because of a wildlife infestation. Once wildlife have taken up residence in the attic, the insulation is often destroyed. The animals will shred the insulation to use as nesting material, and they’ll contaminate the insulation with their urine and droppings. Other times, there has been a roof leak and the insulation has become water-saturated and is starting to grow mold. With these jobs, when the insulation has lost its integrity and no longer serves its purpose, we have the tedious task of safely removing and disposing of these damaged materials. On the other hand, cap insulation jobs like this one are more streamlined. We only need to focus on installing the additional insulation since the existing insulation stays right where it is.
This insulation job went exceptionally smoothly. This highly productive crew was in and out in less than a day. The final result: A beautiful new layer of great insulation that the homeowner will come to appreciate this summer and next winter. No matter what extreme temperatures are outside, this home will be nicely regulated inside.