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5 Signs of Damaged or Insufficient Insulation
From water and pests to smoke and dust, there are many substances that can contaminate your attic insulation. Sometimes, existing insulation should be removed due to health and safety threats to occupants. Also, over time, insulation can get so damaged that it no longer provides energy efficiency benefits, from attic spaces or walls, whether it’s been soaked with moisture or contaminated by pest droppings.
In this case, insulation removal and replacement with new insulation would be necessary. That’s because you can’t remove the moisture, urine or feces without removing the insulation.
Here are some common signs of damaged or insufficient insulation.
When you have poor attic insulation, it doesn’t do a good job of blocking outdoor temperatures. If you notice drafts even when all windows and doors are shut tight, this is a sure sign of insufficient insulation.
2. Inconsistent Temperatures
Sometimes insulation shifts over time and allows cold air to leak inside. This will lead to changing temperatures throughout your home that you can’t predict. One room may be warm while another isn’t. Or perhaps you can’t sufficiently warm your living room to the desired temperature. Whatever the case, inconsistent comfort and temperature are big signs of insufficient insulation.
3. High Energy Bills
If you are noticing your energy bills creeping up and there’s no other explanation, you may need insulation replacement. This is a double whammy: you’re shelling out more money in energy bills but you’re also placing unnecessary wear and tear on your HVAC system. It’s working overtime to achieve the same level of comfort as you once had. Your HVAC system will work much more efficiently when the insulation is adequate.
4. Animal Infestation
Critters like mice, rats, squirrels, bats and insects can easily get into your attic and wreak havoc in the insulation. They’ll nest there, chew on wires and drywall, leave droppings, and soak your insulation with urine. So in addition to the need to replace the insulation, you could be looking at thousands of dollars -- at least – in damage that has to be fixed.
5. Water Damage
Water is the biggest culprit in damaging your insulation. The most common way water gets in is from leaks in your roof, but moisture can also get in via blocked vents, flooding in the basement, humidity, and lack of vapor barriers. Water will get trapped in the spaces where the air should go, rendering your insulation useless.
Plus, moisture breeds mold, which can present health hazards to occupants, from wheezing and coughing to itchy throats and respiratory problems.
It can be tough to diagnose the cause of damaged insulation by sight. This is why it’s important to hire an experienced insulation contractor in St. Charles.
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