Have you had some water damage and thought everything would be fine until you get it fixed? This is not always the case. If your insulation has gotten wet, it is a good idea to replace it as soon as possible. Wet insulation is a problem for several reasons – even your health. Don’t risk your health or home; ensure that your insulation is in good condition after discovering a leak.
Although it may seem obvious that a leak causes wet insulation, there are several reasons your home could have a moisture problem. A leak does not always cause that moisture! Think about how condensation works on a mirror. Hot, humid air reaches a cooler surface and develops moisture. This can also happen in your attic when ventilation is not as it should be. Condensation then creates the drops that drip down into your walls and insulation. Other causes behind wet insulation include:
If you’ve experienced any of the above-listed issues in your home, you may be wondering if you need to break down your drywall to find out if the insulation is wet. While this is a sure way to determine the state of your insulation, there are other options. Have you noticed any inconsistencies in temperature from one spot to the next? Does snow melt on your roof but freeze before it reaches the edge of your home? Are your heating bills consistently going up? These are signs that you have an insulation problem.
You can also assume that some insulation has gotten wet if a roofing professional discovers a weak spot during routine maintenance. If you’ve had any leaks, there is a good chance that water compromised your insulation.
Wet insulation is a problem because it can cause a few hazards to the people and the home itself. One of the more dangerous problems associated with wet insulation is the presence of mold. Breathing in mold over a long period can cause serious health concerns, especially for those who already suffer from breathing troubles.
An additional hazard is structural damage. It is hard to tell how much damage a leak has caused to the structure, but it is unlikely to dry quickly if the insulation is wet. Continued moisture on the structure can result in bad news.
Moisture in your insulation also causes the insulation to fail. Your home will be exposed to outdoor temperatures, resulting in less comfort and larger utility bills.
You can only fix wet insulation with a replacement. You cannot reuse previously wet insulation safely or adequately. However, you can prevent the same problem by performing routine roof and gutter maintenance. Be on the lookout for leaks to avoid extreme damage to your home.
Insulation can be a big project to take on. Anderson Insulation of ME is prepared to help you get your wet insulation concerns taken care of. Reach out to our team today for help with your home!