Detecting and Eliminating Home Pests

Detecting and Eliminating Home Pests

There’s nothing worse than trying to sleep and hearing tiny feet skittering across the ceiling. You’re suddenly wide awake, because you’ve realized you have mice or other pests in your home. What do you do? The good news is that there are a lot of ways you can detect and get rid of home pests. You can use clues to find out what kinds of animals or insects are in your home and then take steps to get rid of them.  Most importantly, you can do several things to keep the pests away so they never get in again. From high-quality home insulation to understanding why animals want into your house, here’s what you need to know.   Why Do Animals Come Into a Home? Before you can take action on animals and insects in your home, you need to understand why they are there. Once you know what attracts pests to your home, you can remove the temptations so they aren’t as likely to come in. In the winter, all kinds of animals and bugs come into your home to get refuge from the weather and cold. You can do much to remove those incentives, but taking steps like improving home insulation can help them stay away. In the summer, many animals see your home as a place to hide from the hot sun, get food, and find abundant water. Many homeowners know to clean up food spills and crumbs, but they don’t think about the water issue. Be sure that there are no leaks in your plumbing or dampness issues in your basement. If there are, many...
What to Look For When Buying a Home

What to Look For When Buying a Home

As home insulation experts, we know a thing or two about what makes a home comfortable and easy to live in. Many of these things are behind walls or in crawlspaces – not easy to see for the average home shopper. It’s easy to fall in love with what you see on the surface of a new home. Having a new property is exciting anyway, and many times it’s cleaned and staged to look beautiful. However, like any major purchase, it’s important to look behind the scenes as well. From wiring to home insulation, here are some less-considered aspects of a home that can make or break your enjoyment of it.   Know Your Wiring Just because a home seller says a home is “completely updated” doesn’t mean that the wiring is modern or even up to code. Older homes can have knob-and-tube wiring, or perhaps the homeowner tried to do their own repairs and didn’t complete the job correctly. Old wiring can cause significant hazards. It may not be grounded correctly, or a circuit could be overloaded. Worn wiring can spark and cause a fire inside a wall that can cause serious damage and even destroy the house entirely. Take the time to have an electrician look at the circuit breaker, electrical panels, and any easy-to-access wiring. You can find out quickly if there are concerns.   Check the HVAC In a state like Arkansas, we get all kinds of weather. It can be extremely hot or quite cold. We can have rain, ice, or wind. In every case, you need to have your furnace and air conditioner...
Preventing Moisture Issues in Your Home Insulation

Preventing Moisture Issues in Your Home Insulation

Tis the season… for warmer weather, sunshine, and a lot of rain. 2018 was one of the wettest years on record in Arkansas, and that means a lot of risk for moisture getting into the nooks and crannies of your home.  How you prevent moisture in your home insulation this time of year?  It’s not just rain that’s a risk either – the heavy humidity we’re blessed with here in the South can also impact your home insulation and other areas of your property. How can you prevent moisture issues in your insulation? Here are some tips!   Know the Causes of Moisture Problems How does water get into your home? The majority of the problems come from air currents and moisture that goes along with it. That means the sticky Arkansas summers are a prime time for moisture buildup in your home insulation. You can also get water into your house when it diffuses through other materials – like when you siding becomes soaked or your shingles let water in. When moist air enters your walls, it will condense on cooler materials. This can mean water on your insulation, framing, and walls.   Control Moisture With Proper Home Insulation Fortunately, a high-quality local insulation company can help you keep moisture out. Air sealing is vital because it helps prevent damp air from flowing into your house. You also need high-quality insulation, which will not only prevent condensation but will also save you a lot in energy costs. For instance, if you use spray foam for home insulation, you get a very high level of comfort. The cool air...
What to Do if You Suspect Asbestos

What to Do if You Suspect Asbestos

Asbestos was not the perfect home insulation solution. We all know that asbestos is extremely dangerous and can cause a variety of health problems, including cancer. However, it’s still legal to use it in the United States although it’s highly regulated. Asbestos was a very popular material that was used in building and home insulation up through the 1970s. Some builders continued to use it into the 1990s. It is fire, electrical, and sound-proof. Combined with its low cost, it seemed like the perfect insulation. Of course, we all know that was wrong. In the ’70s asbestos became linked with cancer and mesothelioma, and after the Clean Air Act builders were no longer allowed to use it as insulation. However, it remained on the market and continues to be used in a variety of non-insulation applications. Knowing what to do if you suspect asbestos in your home is vital, especially if you have an older home and think you might have this material in your home.   Have Professionals Remove Asbestos Insulation If you have asbestos insulation in your home, you should have it professionally removed as soon as possible. Never try to hand this material on your own. A removal company can safely take asbestos out of your home, allowing you to replace the insulation. To replace your insulation, let Reeves Insulation help you determine what’s best for your home. From fiberglass to cellulose to spray foam, there are a variety of safe and effective home insulation products you can use. There are options available across a range of prices and energy savings, so let us help you...
Optimize Your Home Insulation to Reduce Sound

Optimize Your Home Insulation to Reduce Sound

Are you tired of being able to hear your neighbor’s lawnmower as though it’s mowing your living room floor? Or are your children’s music choices booming through the house a bit too loudly? Whether you have a housemate who’s taken up the drums or you’re simply tired of hearing traffic and outside noise in your home, you may be wondering what you can do to optimize your home insulation for sound. The good news is there are a lot of materials and techniques that can help you. Here’s what you need to know!   The Challenges of a Noisy Life Between our electronics, music, hobbies, and outdoor noise, we live in a very loud world. Being inside should protect us, but it often doesn’t. Unfortunately not all construction is done with noise dampening in mind. Noise can create stress, which can impact your health in a variety of ways. If you struggle with headaches, fatigue, stomach problems, anxiety, or other mood issues, stress may be the cause. Having your home insulation make things quieter may make a big difference.   What’s the STC of Your Home? The sound transmission class (STC) of your construction will determine the starting point of optimizing your home insulation for sound. The higher the STC rating, the better your walls, ceilings, and floors are at reducing sound transmission. Here are a few ratings and what they mean when faced with loud speech from the other side: 25: Loud speech from the other side is easily understood 35: The speech is audible but not intelligible 48: The sound is barely audible 50: The loud talking...
Fireplace Safety This Winter

Fireplace Safety This Winter

In the winter it can be cold, grey, rainy, and even snow. If you have a fireplace in your home and excellent home insulation, it’s the perfect combination to keep you toasty warm.   Family time with warm drinks in front of a roaring fireplace – it can be a scene straight out of a movie. Unfortunately, without proper safety steps, that scene can quickly become a nightmare.   If you plan to use your fireplace this winter, be sure that you know how to keep yourself and your home safe. Here are the tips you need!   Remember to Open the Flue! The flue should be closed when the fireplace is not in use in order to prevent cold air from coming into your home. After all, if you leave the chimney way open, your home insulation won’t be able to make much difference!   But once you’re ready to start a fire, you want the flue open to draw the smoke out of the house. You can check and see if the damper is open by looking up the chimney with a flashlight or using a mirror.   Keep the flue open until all embers have completely burned out. Otherwise, you could have dangerous and unpleasant smoke collect in your home.   Don’t Burn Anything Chemical in Your Fireplace It’s tempting to use a fireplace as an all-purpose disposal, but it’s not one. If you burn painted or pressure-treated wood, for instance, you can release a large amount of toxic chemicals into your house.   You should also never use gasoline, kerosene, or charcoal starter to get...