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Signs it’s Time to Remove & Upgrade Attic Insulation

Published on January 22, 2020

For most homeowners, the attic is “out-of-sight” and, therefore, “out-of-mind”. But when energy efficiency issues arise, the questions are usually about insulation. Is there sufficient insulation material? Is the existing insulation performing? Does the attic insulation need to be removed?

For homeowners in Toronto, attic insulation is an essential component of the home, particularly throughout the long winter season. When it’s performing at peak, quality insulation will keep the home warm in winter and cool in summer, thus providing the optimum comfort for occupants.

When should your attic insulation be removed?

The truth is, attic insulation material does not have to be removed just because it’s old. Quality insulation does not necessarily become obsolete because of age. And while performance may well be compromised over the years, this too does not mean that complete replacement is required.

If you’re concerned about your attic insulation in Toronto, you may be dealing with a number of issues, if not a combination of issues. You may have experienced a rodent infestation. You may have had water damage for some reason. Or, you may be dealing with an infiltration of mold.

Whatever the issue with your insulation, it’s wise to undertake a professional inspection whereby the insulation is assessed for performance as well as potential problems. Indeed, if only certain areas of the attic are compromised, there’s really no need to contemplate complete attic insulation removal.

Water damage to attic insulation

Whatever the source, water damage does compromise most insulation materials. R-Value will be diminished, and in worst cases, the moisture will facilitate mold growth or mildew. If your insulation is water damaged, it will have to be removed - at the very least the area that’s affected.

Rodent or insect contaminations

Rodents tend to build their nests in the attic, using the insulation material as a home. When urine and droppings start to accumulate, the contaminated insulation must be removed, and the area must be effectively disinfected. Left unattended, insulation contaminated by animal waste can pose health risks to you and your family; there’s no way to install new attic insulation without a full removal and cleanup.

Mold growth throughout the attic

If your attic insulation has been soaked, or otherwise exposed to a lot of moisture, it’s a perfect environment for mold to grow and spread. This can be a serious situation that requires proper remediation before any new insulation can be installed. Mold growth requires professional attention to minimize health risks, like respiratory issues.

Vermiculite deposits in the attic

Because vermiculite insulation contains asbestos, it has the potential to be dangerous. When the material remains undisturbed, it’s not a cause for concern, but professionals usually recommend removal and remediation before considering installing new attic insulation. This is absolutely not a DIY project.

In Toronto, count on EcoComfort for your attic insulation needs

If you’re considering attic insulation removal for any reason, a professional contractor should be managing the project. At EcoComfort Insulation & Contracting, we discourage customers from removing their attic insulation by themselves as the risks and dangers far outweigh the cost savings.

We specialize in blown-in cellulose insulation, and highly recommend this product when topping up or replacing the insulation in your attic. Contact us at 416-333-4554 for a FREE price quote, or fill out our online form.

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