The blazing hot days of summer are behind us, and as the winter approaches, it’s a good time to be thinking about how you can save money—and stay comfortable—at home. Insulation is a great way to do this but only if it’s performing the way it’s supposed to.
That’s right, a sufficient level of insulation is not enough! It needs to be in good condition to effectively perform. This means it can’t be wet or otherwise ruined. But how does insulation get wet, and what can you do if you find that yours is?
Causes of Wet Insulation
Although we are far from the wettest region in the country, we see our fair share of rain here in Alabama! It’s important to make sure your insulation stays nice and dry. There are several different ways your insulation can get wet, including:
- Leaks from the roof and/or plumbing pipes
- Ground moisture (basement and crawl space insulation)
- Air infiltration from windows, doors, gaps in siding, etc.
- Mold (spores can enter through air infiltration)
- Snow (it can be blown into the attic through a vent)
What Should I Do with Wet Insulation?
Should wet insulation be replaced? Is wet insulation completely ruined? These are questions many homeowners have. Enough moisture can ruin insulation materials; wet insulation should be removed and replaced. If your insulation is merely a little damp, removal may not be worth it. It’s best to have a professional take a look. There are times when new insulation can be added over old layers, but moldy, wet or otherwise damaged insulation should be removed.
Contact American Insulation to learn more or to schedule insulation removal and replacement for your home in Huntsville, Alabama or a surrounding area!