A real pile of *&%#

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I found this lovely pile in an about 100 year old house this past week.  It is pretty amazing what some people will ignore when it is out of sight.  This house had had a lot of nice upgrades done in the last few years, but no one bothered doing anything with the attic.   The attic didn't have any insulation, so I guess it may have been serving some service by providing a degree on insulation!

guano in the attic














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Matt Grohe
RE/MAX Concepts - Des Moines, IA
Serving the metro since 2003

Ralph, Nice pile of *&%#. That's really amazing. Tomorrow I'll have R-44 in my attic. It gets cold around here, *&%# just won't cut it!

Dec 20, 2009 05:02 PM #1
Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!
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Strange but true...and how would you recommend removing that "stuff"?

Dec 20, 2009 07:43 PM #2
Dale Terry
Yadkinville, NC

Makes a man want to scratch his head and ask, 'Does this mean that you are too dumb to vote and sit on a jury"

Dec 20, 2009 10:33 PM #3
Vince Santos
StepByStep Home Services LC - Canton, MI
Southeast Michigan Home Inspector

Is that bat guano? I inspected a home a year or so ago with a good amount of droppings in the attic but that's amazing. Actually I heard you can sell that stuff as it makes great fertilizer.

Dec 20, 2009 10:59 PM #4
Ralph Brady
Brady Home Inspection - Eureka, CA
The premier inspector in Humboldt

Matt, thanks for the chuckle first thing in the am

Michelle - I think an industrial type vacuum would do the trick.  You just have to be careful about the exhaust.

Vince, It is bat guano.  I had never run across any until about 2 months prior at a house just 1/2 mile from this one.  They had plenty of it.  Those ceiling joists were about 8".

Dec 21, 2009 01:16 AM #5
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Ralph, I haven't seen a pile of guano like that since I was a kid in Connecticut----see small quanties often out here----but that picture of yours is some serious guano insulation:)

Dec 21, 2009 05:36 AM #6
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I haven't seen bat guano or bats outside of a Zoo since I left Texas many years ago.

Happy Holidays!

Dec 22, 2009 01:27 PM #7
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

That stuff is very unhealthy. I would have got out of there  quick.

Dec 24, 2009 07:17 AM #8
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