If you are dealing with a contaminated attic, and are on the fence about using professional attic cleaning services or calling an attic professional, you probably want to have a better idea of the attic cleanup and decontamination cost.
Determining attic decontamination costs isn’t as straightforward as many people might wish. There are multiple factors that can affect the cost to have your attic cleaned and decontaminated. Because of this, it is better to go into any attic inspection with an open mind about how much a cleaning service might cost. At the end of the day, the benefits of attic cleanup and decontamination will always outweigh the cost.
At the same time, it is important to keep in mind that professional attic decontamination is essential if you are dealing with a rodent infestation. Not only is rodent control crucial for the health of everyone in your home, but it is also important for ongoing safety. With this in mind, let’s take a look at how attic decontamination services are calculated.
Factors Influencing Decontamination Costs
Although we can’t provide you with a definitive cost for attic cleanup services, we can outline the factors that can influence the ultimate cost of the service.
There are two factors that influence the cost of an attic decontamination job: the size of the attic and the extent of the damage.
The size of the attic will obviously influence the cost because larger attics will have a bigger surface area that needs to be contaminated. This means that the project will take more time and resources to complete as compared to a smaller attic.
The extent of the damage done to the attic is crucial to the cost as well. If you have a rodent infestation that has just been established, chances are the damage will be less extensive than if the infestation has been established for some time. As rodents occupy an attic they begin to build nests from the things around them. In an attic space, this typically means insulation or junk stored in the attic. Rodents will live, breed, and die in the attic space, spreading animal feces and urine throughout their habitat until the infestation is dealt with. The longer this goes on, the more likely that contamination will affect a larger surface area within the attic. Ultimately, this will result in more work to remove the infestation and decontaminate the attic.
Why is Decontamination Essential?
If you have a rodent infestation in your attic you must have it professionally decontaminated. Simply cleaning up the rodent infestation isn’t sufficient. Not only will you be left with foul odors and smells from feces and urine that may have soaked into surfaces within your attic, but bacteria and germs may still pose a threat and create health risks to those living in your home.
Some of the infectious diseases that can be contracted directly from rodents are immediate signs you need an attic cleanup:
- Rat-Bite Fever
- South American Arenaviruses
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
- Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
- Lassa Fever
- Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
The problem with dealing with a rodent infestation is that you can contract many of these diseases from contact with the urine, feces, and nesting materials left behind after a rodent infestation has been removed. Proper disinfection and sanitizing of rodent droppings and urine must occur before you even attempt to remove the remnants of an infestation. Also, due to the infectious nature of rodent waste and nesting materials, care must be taken during disposal so that contaminants are not spread throughout the home.
One final reason why you should strongly consider having professionals decontaminate your attic is that they have the equipment and expertise necessary to do the job correctly. Special equipment must be used not only to protect the person doing the cleanup and disinfection work but also to ensure that contaminants aren’t spread during cleanup and removal. Proper disinfection also requires thoroughness and attention to detail that the professionals at Attic Construction are known for. Combined with their expertise in attic decontamination, you’ll be sure that every inch of your attic has been decontaminated following a rodent infestation.
If you are concerned about attic decontamination costs, you should know that the two biggest factors affecting it are the size of your attic and the extent of the damage. The only sure way to understand how much attic decontamination will cost you is to schedule an inspection. It’s important to understand why it’s critical to clean your attic. You can reference our guide, Attic Cleaning: Why it’s Crucial for further information.
If you suspect you have an infestation of rodents in your attic, you should schedule an inspection as soon as possible. Catching an infestation early can help reduce the total costs of decontamination services. At Attic Construction our professional staff will provide you with clear pictures of any damage found in the attic and clearly outline the potential costs of an attic cleanout and decontamination.
To learn more about professional attic cleanup and decontamination services in the San Diego area, please contact Attic Construction today. Our staff can guide you through the services we offer, schedule an inspection, and walk you through the cleanup and decontamination process.
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