5 Signs You Need Old Insulation Removed
Published on April 13, 2018
Knowing how all the parts of your homework together is a great way of preventing future problems and staying ahead of repairs, so today we’re going to go over five signs that you need old insulation removal at your home.
Top five signs you need old insulation removal:
- High energy bills
- Moisture or mold problems
- Hazardous materials
- Animal or insect contamination
High Energy Bills
The easiest way to tell if it’s time to have old insulation removed is to look at your home heating and cooling bills. Are they unusually high? Is your furnace or air conditioner always running, but your home constantly too cold or warm? It might be that your insulation is no longer doing its job right and is allowing that conditioned air to leak from your home. A constantly running HVAC system also results in more maintenance costs and a shorter lifespan; new insulation can help cut your costs and create a cozier, more comfortable indoor environment.
Cold, drafty rooms aren’t just for Victorian mansions. A modern house that lacks proper insulation or needs old insulation removal can be just as drafty! Drafts can sometimes be hard to locate, but are often found near windows and doors, and are a sign you’re losing your conditioned air and letting unwanted air in.
Moisture and Mold
One of the most frequent reasons customers call us for old insulation removal is because of water and moisture damage to the insulation. Maybe a recent windstorm loosened some shingles, or a few days of rain resulted in prolonged water exposure - either way, moisture and humidity buildup is the number one enemy of your insulation materials. Moisture means mold growth, which can cause serious side effects and also damage the joists and beams in your attic.
If your attic was insulated before 1980, you’re not only due for old insulation removal, but you should also have it checked for asbestos or vermiculite contamination before you start disturbing it. Asbestos is a known carcinogen and is extremely dangerous when it’s breathed in, which is why it’s important to have old insulation removed by a professional, who can assess any dangers and take appropriate steps in protecting you and your family.
Animals or Insects
Attics sometimes have uninvited guests: squirrels, raccoons, insects and other pests sometimes move in through loose vents or other means. They may set up a home in your insulation or eat through construction materials, and will certainly leave feces and other unwanted substances hanging around. If you notice your insulation has been disturbed by any wildlife, it’s best to have it removed and the doorway sealed.
Remove Old Insulation and Improve Your Home
When you have an old insulation removal you have a chance to start fresh - it’s an excellent opportunity to seal air leaks, add ventilation, and improve your attic so that you can experience all the benefits of a well-functioning home. If you spot anything strange that may be contributing to any of the five signs you need old insulation removal, get in touch with us at EcoComfort and we’d be happy to give you a free home estimate.