Insulation plays an important role in the comfort of your living spaces and the energy efficiency of your home. This important material sits behind walls, beneath floors, and above ceilings in spaces that are out of sight and difficult to access, which may lead you to believe that your insulation cannot be damaged by issues that affect the more visible areas of your house. However, there are several factors that can affect the condition of your insulation without your knowledge, causing it to perform poorly and possibly require replacement, depending on the type of damage and the type of insulation you have installed. If you have questions about your insulation or the steps to take if you believe it has been damaged, your Long Island insulation installer can provide you with more information and professional assistance.
Insulation and Moisture
Moisture is one of the most common causes of damage to all parts of the home, including the insulation. In particular, fiberglass batting insulation is highly susceptible to damage associated with moisture from leaks or high home humidity, which can reduce the efficacy of the insulation and cause mold and mildew to spread throughout the material, posing a health hazard to your family. Roof leaks are a frequent cause of moisture accumulation in your attic, while basement flooding and interior plumbing leaks can affect the condition of the insulation elsewhere in your home. Poor attic ventilation can also cause moisture to accumulate inside your attic in the form of high humidity, which frequently leads to water damage over time. If you have recently dealt with a roof leak or plumbing issue, it’s a good idea to consider the effects of this situation on your insulation. Even if your insulation won’t allow mold to grow after exposure to water , it may still shift or sag when wet, and may also transfer moisture to other materials in your home that are susceptible to mold growth.
Insulation and Pests
Pests are another very common cause of insulation damage. There are several pests that have the ability to damage home insulation, including termites and other insects, rodents, birds, raccoons, and bats. If you have recently suffered a pest infestation anywhere in your home, your insulation could have been damaged by this issue as well. Although spray foam insulation is typically pest-resistant, many other types of insulation, including fiberglass, foam board, and several eco-friendly products, may sustain pest-related damage, regardless of how many animals or insects were found in your home. Pests often burrow through insulation to reach your home’s interior, while some animals and insects may actually nest inside the insulation itself, leaving behind droppings and damage that can affect your indoor air quality in addition to reducing the performance of the insulation product. Hiring an insulation contractor to inspect your home’s insulation after a pest infestation is the best way to ensure that there are no lasting health or energy effects; in some cases, heavy infestation may require the replacement of the insulation in affected areas.
Keeping your home’s insulation healthy and in good repair will keep your energy bills low and your living environment comfortable and allergen-free. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the services offered by our insulation contractors in Long Island, including home energy audits and insulation installation and retrofitting. If you’d like more information about popular home insulation products and how to get more from your insulation, please check out our monthly blog .