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Insulation Removal

MadCity Environmental - Insulation Removal

Start with a home evaluation and get a game plan. Mold is simple = no moisture = no mold growth!! Keep moisture barriers intact to protect the integrity of your home.

Insulation damaged by mold must be removed to prevent further damage and contamination throughout the home. This will not only protect your investment, it will also help to keep you and your family healthy.

Proper Mold Remediation

Many contractors just spray or add chemicals over the old tainted insulation, BUT the insulation must actually be physically removed to be remediated properly.


• Improve Air Quality

• Control Moisture

• Reduce Condensation

MadCity Environmental has proven methods to remove and clear out all of the old insulation. Once the mold has been properly remediated and removed, then we can air seal and re-insulate your home. This will keep your family warm and comfy this winter, plus you will save money on your heating/cooling bills all year long!

Contact MadCity Environmental today at 608.480.0367 to schedule an in-home consultation.

MadCity Environmental - Insulation Removal

Bathroom Exhaust Fan Installation

MadCity Environmental - Bathroom Exhaust Fan Installation

Keep Moisture Out!

MadCity Environmental - Bathroom Exhaust Fan Installation

Bathroom exhaust fans are important for removing moisture and bad odors, and preventing the growth of mold and mildew in your bathrooms, and reducing condensation on the windows in your home.  It can also prevent wallpaper and paint from blistering and peeling and doors and windows from becoming warped.

• Control Moisture
• Reduce Condensation
• Prevent Mold Growth
• Mirrors Free of Fog

When properly installed an exhaust fan can reduce moisture load in the entire home. MadCity Environmental can also install humidity sensors and timers to help control mold growth. After installation MadCity Environmental will conduct a flow-pan test to verify proper cubic feet of air movement (cfm) for your home.

Contact MadCity Environmental today at 608.480.0367 to schedule an in-home consultation.

MadCity Environmental - Bathroom Exhaust Fan Installation

Spring Forward

Spring Home Maintenance

This weekend we are reminded to move our clocks one hour ahead for Day Light Savings; technically the clocks are to be adjusted at 2am on Sunday morning. Although here in Wisconsin we’ll loose an hour of sleep, this is not necessarily all bad, as this is also another sign that Spring is on it’s way! 🙂

After a long, dark winter, spring’s bright sun and warm winds are, well, a breath of fresh air. The only downside? All that sunshine spotlights your leaf-filled gutters, cracked sidewalks and the dead plants in last year’s flower beds. Here are 10 Helpful Spring Home Maintenance Tips to assist you in preparing for the season ahead.

Spring Home Maintenance

10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

• Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.

• Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it creates a breeding ground for insects.

• Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.

• From the ground, examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.

• Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.

• Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home’s foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.

• Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure.

• Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you’re at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.

• Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis.

• Check your gas and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make yardwork easier.

Special thanks to: Dwight Barnett, a certified master inspector with the American Society of Home Inspectors; who initially shared this checklist on HGTV’s website to help you target the areas that need maintenance so you can get your chores done quickly, leaving you time to go outside and play in the sunshine.

Preventing Ice Dams

Ice Dam Prevention Wisconsin

Typical Wisconsin winter weather is what causes ice dams – heavy snows and freezing cold. When a layer of snow builds up on a rooftop, heat from inside the attic melts the bottom-most layer of snow, sending meltwater dribbling down toward the roof eaves. Typically the eaves extend out from the house and are not heated by warmth from the attic. So on particularly cold nights, with the furnace inside working overtime, meltwater reaches the unheated eaves and it freezes. Soon, the accumulation of ice there creates a dam and water builds up behind it, leaking beneath the shingles and into the house, causing damage every step of the way. Ice damming can be prevented.

Ice dams are an ongoing nuisance and can cause extensive damage to soffit cavities, fascia boards, roof sheathing, gutters, and to the most outer portion of living area walls. This ice build-up can absolutely be alleviated, but every house tends to have a different situation as to why this ice dam is there in the first place.

MadCity Environmental consultants are experts in attic condensation, mold, mildew, rotton wood, ice-damming and other hidden problems. We strive to not only help our customers remedy a current problem, we also work hard to prevent future issues. The most important first step is to notice a small problem before it turns into a big mess.

Contact MadCity Environmental today to prevent ice damming in your home.

Ice Dam Prevention Wisconsin 

Ice Dam Warning Signs

• Icicles forming on the edge of your roof
• Ice build up on the top gutter, roof, or lower edge
• Ice forms in soffit vents
• Icicles forming behind the gutters
• Ice forming on siding or exterior walls
• Ice or water inside or around window frames

Ice Dam Prevention

Preventing ice damming in your roof is simple, in principle: keep the entire roof the same temperature as the eaves. Take care of trouble spots and you will enjoy a winter free of icicles—and the damage they can do to your roof.

About the easiest solution is to keep snow off the roof. People with low roofs can use snow rakes, also known as roof rakes – rakes on a long pole – to clear away the snow. But people with two- or three-story homes may not be able to reach their roofs.

MadCity Environmental recommends spraying a 2-inch layer of expanding insulation foam on the attic floor, being careful not to encapsulate electrical equipment or plumbing, and then blowing in several inches of cellulose of other fibrous insulation over that. This will keep heat from getting into the attic from below and if heat does get into the attic, good ventilation will give it a way out of the attic rather than through the roof.


The payback is fast and profound. Not only will is keep your home warm all winter long, it will also keep your house cooler in summer.

Contact MadCity Environmental today to prevent ice damming in your home.

Bat Eradication + Guano Removal

Bat Eradication and Guano Removal by MadCity Environmental

Bat Eradication and Guano Removal by MadCity Environmental

With the changing of the seasons you are more likely to find animals trying to nest indoors; MadCity Environmental will remove & remedy pests from your property during any time of the year.  Equipped with multiple solutions to remove bats & the remaining guano (poop!) from your home or property.  Post-removal remediation; providing location specific maintenance to discourage return.

Contact MadCity Environmental at 608.480.0367
to learn more!
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What does bat guano look like?
Bat droppings, known as guano, are small and dark in coloration. The elongated pellets are crumbly and turn to dust when touched. Often used as fertilizer because of its high nitrogen and phosphorus content, guano can be dangerous when allowed to accumulate in the home. The nutrient-rich droppings cultivate the growth of histoplasmosis fungus, which causes severe respiratory problems in humans.

Signs of Infestation

Deposits of guano accumulate within walls and attics as well as on the ground and roof tiles. The musty, acrid smell of bat droppings, along with the stains they leave on walls or ceilings, is a sure sign of bat infestations. Due to the hazardous nature of the droppings and the fact that bats are common carriers of the rabies virus, property owners should never attempt to remove bat infestations or clean guano deposits on their own.


Do bats harm people or property?
While bats are beneficial creatures overall, they do pose certain health threats. Diseases like rabies and histoplasmosis are often associated with bats. Though 99 percent of rabies-related deaths are caused by rabid dogs, bats are still carriers of the disease. Thankfully, even rabid bats refrain from biting humans unless they feel threatened in some way. While the fungus that causes histoplasmosis is not carried by bats, it lives in warm, humid soil. Bat droppings act as a catalyst for the development of the fungus, and human infection occurs when people inhale the spores. Bats also host ectoparasites, like fleas, flies, ticks, and mites, that endanger the health of humans and pets. Finally, bat urine can cause a pervasive and unpleasant smell, while bat droppings stain ceilings and building visages.

Control and Safety

Since bat populations can prove beneficial, some homeowners construct what are known as bat houses close to gardens and around homes in order to keep bats from roosting where they are unwanted. Since bats will likely still target any available structure, homes remain susceptible unless individuals take the time to seal off potential points of entry. In addition to sealing cracks and openings, illuminating attic spaces and eaves during nighttime hours helps deter bats from roosting, as does placing fans in attics to lower the temperature.


Homeowners must be careful with any attempt to exclude bats by sealing their entry points. While this can prevent colonies from coming back later, trapping an adult or baby bat indoors may force the animal to escape into living spaces or lead to its death.

Trapping and Removal

Trapping and removal of a bat can be tricky and should never be attempted if the bat was found in a room where people were sleeping. Calling your local Critter Control certified wildlife professional to manage the procedure is the best way to ensure safety. While at your property, Critter Control will identify the entry points bats are using to access your home and make recommendations to exclude them permanently. Bats suspected of having rabies should always be left for professionals to remove.