Protect Your Home Insulation From These 3 Things

February 14, 2015
niki dube

1106906_73677370Insulation is one of those things you never really think about until you need it; kind of like the air you breathe. When it works well, it doesn’t cross your mind; when it doesn’t, it’s all you can think about.

Rather than being caught off guard by unexpected insulation situations, prepare yourself by doing some pre-emptive thinking and protecting your home insulation from potential threats.

Protect Your Home Insulation From the Threat of Moisture

Moisture from leaks or from excessive humidity in your home can compromise the effectiveness of your batt insulation and create a health hazard. You might not think your plumbing affects your insulation, but it does. If you see signs of a leak, get it repaired immediately. Check the area around the leak for mold and mildew. If it appears on the drywall, it may very well be in your insulation as well. That’s why it’s important to fix leaks as soon as possible, so the damage doesn’t seep through the wall.

Moisture also gathers on your insulation if it’s not properly ventilated. Think of the condensation that occurs on your car windows when it’s cold outside and you breathe warm, moist air in the car for an extended period of time. If the insulation in your attic is not properly ventilated, certain types of insulation will absorb the condensation. The absorption creates an environment for the growth of mold.

Protect Your Home Insulation from Dust

Reflective (or foil) facing works to prevent heat transfer, especially in your attic. However, if the reflective material becomes too dusty, it doesn’t reflect properly. When it doesn’t reflect properly, it ceases to serve its function. Professional reflective material installers keep this in mind, but if you notice more heat transfer than usual you might want to check it out.

Protect Your Home Insulation from Pests

Squirrels, birds, rodents, and bugs find the tiniest entrances and make themselves at home in your home. At times they’ve been known to pull apart insulation for their nests. This gap in coverage is costly for you. Air leaks let conditioned air escape and unconditioned air infiltrate. These types of invasions can be prevented with the use of spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation fills the gaps pests use to gain entrance and is not as easy for pests to destroy should they gain access. Pro tip: have the exterminator rid your home of the pests before spraying the foam insulation and trapping the pests inside!

To have a professional inspect your insulation for evidence of moisture, dust, or pests, give us a call. We live and breathe insulation for DC homes.