Raccoon Damage Restoration
Have raccoons destroyed your attic, leaving you with crushed insulation and energy costs that are increasing due to the lack of proper attic insulation? Many homeowners are unaware that raccoon damage to insulation, is actually considered structural damage to your home, and is covered by homeowner’s insurance policies. Contrary to the popular belief, raccoons are NOT rodents, they are actually far from the rodent family. Unlike rodent damage consisting of gnawed wires, raccoon damage to attic insulation is a fairly common claim covered by home owners insurance companies.
Raccoon’s typically enter a home by entering the area where a soffit meets a roof (soffit pocket), attic fans or vents, peak vents, tearing a hole into a roof or finding a breach in areas that are brittle and rotted. Once inside, a raccoon will start making the area more suitable to its needs. This includes gathering or clearing out insulation, tearing apart ventilation, creating latrines thoughout the attic and even destroying entire structural beams. A raccoon can literally destroy and entire attic in a matter of days. Some homes that have raccoons, will have entire sections of soffit pannels completely removed. This also applies to soffit vents, where at times nusiance raccoons will tear through every soffit vent as a more convenient means of entry.
The best approach for stopping raccoon damage and getting the attic restoration process started is getting rid of the raccoon(s). There are no deterrents or repellents that will rid your home of damage causing raccoons, so it is best to call a professional trapper with a proven success track record to remove the source of the problem. Many times a homeowner will find the entry point and have it sealed, only to find out they have trapped the raccoon and forced it to come through the ceiling drywall. This ends in more costly removal charges which are typically not covered by a homeowners insurance policy. Trapping the nuisance raccoons as your first approach is the best choice to stopping raccoon damage.
Raccoon damage restoration is a pretty simple process once the raccoons that are causing damage are eliminated. The area is stripped of all insulation, including feces accumulation, the area is then disinfected and deodorized and finally filled in with a fresh layer of insulation. Attic insulation can come in roll out or blown, and will typically be replaced with what previously existed before the raccoon damage. If you have raccoons or raccoon damages, read our guide on how to effectively deal with raccoon damage restoration.