So, here lately and for whatever reason, I have run into an issue that, honestly a lot of us have but are ignorant to. Basically, many of us have something going on but don’t know it. What I am talking about are mice. And not just the cute ones that live in your kids’ rooms and run around in tubes and poop in cedar chips. I am talking about the ones that live in your home against your will. Often they take up residence in your HVAC system.
Now, it has to be understood as a Heating and Air guy (especially in the Chattanooga and North Georgia areas) it is no surprise that homeowners are not fully aware of the things that exist beneath your floors in your crawlspace or above your ceilings in your attics. I mean, why would you be up there? They’re usually super hot, or super cold. They smell bad. They’re itchy and can also be muddy. Gross, right?
Despite our lack of knowledge on the ins and outs of our home’s nether regions, I would challenge you to take a gander in those spaces. One weekend, make up your mind to get dirty under there and look around. You will likely see some insulation hanging down- push it back up. You may see some crinkled up plastic- spread it back out. You may also see some poop. That’s right poop. The poop will be familiar. It will be those little pellets from our aforementioned friends; the mice.
Along with the poop there will be a distinct smell. There may also be bones from trapped dead mice. There will be stained things too. Mice urinate. Their urine produces a pheromone. This pheromone attracts mice friends. Pretty soon you will likely end up with several mice. It doesn’t take a math professor to realize more mice equals more problems.
These mice are little destructive monsters. They eat, poop, pee and live in your attics and crawlspaces. Their damage can range from holes in flexible duct to soiling entire crawl spaces with feces and urine. Repairs from damaged ductwork can cost thousand to replace. Wear-and-tear on your unit will increase (because you’re likely venting your conditioned air into the crawlspace or attics via the holes the mice create) and that smell will be hard to cover up. You also may need to call professional cleaners to come and clean your soiled space. Your unit’s efficiency is worse off too.
The odors produced from mice can be putrid. Often times, as it goes with a lot of smells we become used to it, we become nose blind to the disturbing odors that are present in our homes. The odors are often identified by visitors or that one nephew that doesn’t have a filter. Obviously, the air quality is compromised too. Enough rodent waste could produce a biohazard situation.
The main point here is awareness. Be mindful of your entire home. Also, be proactive. If you have an issue call someone. It is always better stop the damage early. If caught early enough we can do some simple fixes for you. 706-820-6041