Cleaning up an Attic Seems like an Easy Task, but it can be Full of Unpleasant Surprises
Unfinished attics are among the most neglected areas in a home. Typically, they suffer years of neglect before homeowners decide it’s time to get serious about attic clean up and start the task.
In New Jersey, attic clean up can cause some serious problems for DIY homeowners. Consider hiring a professional should any of the following scenarios be encountered:
- Asthma and allergies. New Jersey homeowners suffering from asthma or severe allergies should never undertake attic clean up themselves. Attics are full of allergens that can trigger serious respiratory reactions, including dust, mold and pollen. Of course, it’s important to remove these allergens from the attic as they can seep into living areas through ceiling hatches, doors, recessed lights, and HVAC systems. However, it’s safer for allergy and asthma sufferers to hire a professional than to try vacuuming and dusting the attic themselves.
- Mold. Mold is another serious attic clean up problem New Jersey residents may encounter. In addition to causing allergic reactions, mold is potentially toxic. Mold can grow just about anywhere in the attic. Mold only needs three things to thrive: heat, moisture, and organic material. It can thrive on paper, cardboard, insulation and wood. The mold that homeowners can actually see is usually only a fraction of what exists deeper inside of the effected material. The “roots” of the mold organism are usually not visible, and if left untreated at its deepest levels, the mold will continue to grow back.
- Old and/or active rodent infestations. Rodent infestations in New Jersey are a potential attic clean up nightmare. Even after all of the rats or mice are exterminated, the waste they leave behind can carry a range of diseases, including hantavirus, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis, rat-bite fever and Salmonellosis. These viruses or bacterial infections are transmitted from rodents to humans through direct physical contact with live or dead animals, or through infected fluids like blood, saliva or urine.
- Insects. Despite extreme temperature swings, insects like bees, wasps and ants love attics. They are usually attracted to textiles or wood, or they may be living off the food and droppings of other pests like mice or rats. Professional help may be required to completely eliminate the infestation and keep insects from coming back.
Attic clean up in New Jersey is not always as easy as it sounds. Homeowners should be prepared to face any number of unpleasant scenarios, and they shouldn’t be afraid to ask for professional help if the chore becomes too challenging.