Gaps and cracks found in the attic of this Bardstown, KY home allow hot air from the attic move into the living space during the summer months. The same gaps and cracks allow warm air from the living space to move into the attic during the winter months. The yellow arrows indicate these gaps and crack which are typically what we see in the vast majority of homes today. In order for insulation to perform properly, air sealing is a MUST! Otherwise, the insulation acts more as a filter than an insulator. When air can move through insulation, the insulation catches dirt, dust, allergens, and other air pollutants. Insulation should actually insulate. It can't do its job if air is allowed to pass through it. That's why is it very important to air seal BEFORE insulating.

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We have some incredible customers in Nicholasville, KY! This couple has an absolutely beautiful home featuring a crawlspace foundation. However, the builder chose not to clean out the crawlspace during, or even after, construction leaving this area largely unusable. The homeowners wanted the space to be completed correctly AND to be made into a space they could use for storage if they so desired. You can see the results of having a heavy duty vapor barrier installed correctly after the construction debris was removed from the crawlspace. Now, this area will meet or even exceed the home inspector's recommendations AND give this wonderful couple a space they can use for storage.

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While taking photos for our website in a Nicholasville, KY attic, the remnants of Hurricane Harvey hit Central Kentucky. Although somewhat brief, a torrential downpour hit this home and revealed a chimney leak. Curious, I moved in for a closer look. There was a gap between the chimney brick and the roof sheathing as indicated by the red arrows. The issue was probably the result of missing or damaged flashing. Water was running down the brick chimney as indicated by the blue arrows. It trickled or dripped down to the attic flooring and would have made its way down into the living area had we not placed a towel in the area and notified the home owner. It was evident that the area had leaked before since there was some water damage to the roof truss as indicated by the purple arrows. Once the weather clears, the flashing can be replaced and the chimney gap sealed from inside the attic which will prevent further water damage, but will also prevent insects and spiders from having easy access to the attic through this gap.

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Weatherization Plus received a call from a lovely couple in Chaplin, KY who had purchased an older home. The home inspector recommended having the insulation in the attic checked and removed due to it apparent deteriorated and compromised state. When our professional sales technician arrived and looked at the attic, he couldn't believe just how bad the insulation was. Although it had been almost white when it was installed, the insulation was now the color and consistency of dirt! Underneath the blown-in insulation was really old batt insulation. There was also areas where the insulation had either been pushed back for some unknown reason, or was never installed over the area to begin with. In several areas, he saw what looked like possible spider egg sacs. Although he couldn't be sure, I know I wouldn't want to have spiders using my attic as a breeding ground! Our salesman recommended having all of the insulation in the attic removed so that air sealing could be performed and then new, clean insulation blown in.

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An upcoming Hot Yoga Studio owner needed insulation added to a commercial location where he was creating a Hot Yoga Studio. The best insulation for this job was spray foam. Since there was no dropped ceiling yet, our experienced crew was able to easily install the spray foam to the structural steel. This insulation will provide insulation AND air sealing for the studio.

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Local codes call for spray foam insulation to be coated with fire rated paint when applied in a commercial/industrial environment. The owner of an upcoming Hot Yoga studio hired us to spray foam the structural steel in his studio which is in the construction phase at this time. Our incredible crew did a beautiful job spraying th foam and then went back to apply the fire rated paint. The first photos show the spray foam installation while the other photos show what the spray fom=am looked like after the specialty paint was applied.

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Crawl spaces are lovely places, aren't they? People who have them frquent them nearly every day, right? I mean, if you're looking for a place to rest and relax, it's going to the crawl space, right? WRONG! We get a least 2 calls every week from people who have had a critter in their crawl space damaging the insulation. Most of the time, byt the time we are called in to assess the damage, the critters have relocated. MOST of the time. In this situation, however, we accidentally dislodged the Possum family of 7 while removing the old, compromised, damaged insulation from this crawl space. OOPS! Well, our guys aren't afraid of anything and worked to capture as many possums as they could.....which consisted of 1....and she managed to wriggle free when our guy was attempting to crawl, possum by the tail, to the hatch. Take a look at the damage this possum family did to the crawl space insulation in this home and you can see why the floors inside the home were cold. If your crawl space looks like this....or if you don't know what it looks like but want US to check it out, you know who to call!

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Even something as simple as weatherstripping a door can have a big impact on the comfort level of a home. How so? Well, imagine you have a gap around your door that is letting hot air in during the summer and cold air during the winter. Since Weatherization Plus uses fully customizable heavy-duty weatherstrips that will prevent air from coming in by covering any gaps around the door, it's easy to see why something so simple can have such a big impact! No more drafts coming in around that door. One of our wonderful customers in Lawrenceburg, KY had bought a house that needed a little TLC. She wanted to have the home remodeled, but was in the planning phase. She realized a few months after buying the house, that the utility bills seemed high and began looking for issues with the home. She promptly contacted Weatherization Plus and had us conduct an assessment for her. She mentioned the gaps around the door and asked if we could fix that without actually replacing the door. She thought the door had character. No problem! Weatherization Plus uses weatherstripping that I don't think you can buy at any big box store....but I haven't checked recently. The product we use is not foam with adhesive backing that melts during the hot summers here in Central Kentucky and then ends up sticking to things you don't want it to stick to. We use a product that actually mounts to the door frame on three sides. The first photo shows one of our installation professionals measuring across the top of the door so he can cut the weatherstrip to fit perfectly. He then measured the sides and cut the pieces to fit exactly. The next photo shows our technician preparing to pre-drill. He makes a slight indentation with his drill so the screws he uses to attach the weatherstrip are in the right spots. Once he has completed attaching the 3 piece of weatherstripping, the installer caulks the edges of the weatherstripping to create a full seal around the door.

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As a house ages and settles, the ductwork can begin to separate. When this happens, air leakage increases and you can experience temperature differences between rooms as the air you are cooling or heating escapes through the gaps and cracks in the ducts. The first thing to do is to seal the duct boots from up top. Using metal tape to cover the gaps and cracks in the duct boot is the first step. Next, cover the metal tape with mastic. Use a moderately thick coat. Allow this to dry, then put the vent cover back in place.

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This photo album shows a typical attic AFTER the old, compromised insulation was extracted by our awesome team! It is important to remove old, dirty, compromised insulation before fresh, clean insulation is installed. Why? For one, compromised insulation can contain allergens that can irritate people living in the home when they are transported through the house by way of gaps and cracks and leaky ducts. Second, because mice and other pests may have damaged the insulation by depositing waste materials onto it. This can create a health hazard. Finally, air sealing can only be completed in the absence of insulation. Extraction allows us to see all of the gaps and cracks in the attic so we can seal them, which prevents air from leaking into living spaces from the attic. We use different materials, like caulk and spray foam, to seal the gaps and cracks we find around lighting, electrical penetrations, plumbing, and HVAC penetrations. We also find unsealed top plates and attic accesses.

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