Is your attic insulation doing its job? If not, it’s time to replace it with brand-new insulation.
Old insulation does little to keep the heat (or the cool) inside your home, and the result is the triple-digit utility bills you start getting once the weather turns extreme.
Look for these five signs that you need new insulation:
You’ve Got Moisture or Mold
When attic insulation gets wet, it’s all over. Insulation is destroyed once it’s exposed to moisture, and will no longer adequately block air transfer.
Even worse are the health implications of keeping wet insulation in your home. It can quickly grow mold, which can lead to allergic reactions, respiratory infections and other conditions.
Beware: Wet attic insulation may point to a more serious roofing issue, so call your roofing contractor to inspect the area.
Creatures Have Made it Their Home
Are mice cozying up in your attic insulation? You might not spot them, but they will leave behind droppings if they are using it as a nest. These droppings can contain hantavirus, which if touched or inhaled, can lead to illness and even death.
Call a professional to round up the creatures using traps, then plan for complete replacement of the affected insulation. You should remove all traces of their presence so they are not tempted to return.
Your Home Fails an Energy Audit
If you’ve been noticing a gradual (or sudden) spike in your energy costs, degraded insulation could be the cause. You can pay for a professional energy audit, which will test all areas of your home, including the attic.
If the auditor concludes that uneven or inadequate insulation is to blame, consider removing the old material from your attic or crawlspace and starting over. It’s an investment that will pay off in future lowered heating and cooling costs.
It Crumbles When You Touch It
Sometimes the simplest way to tell if your insulating material is past its useful life is to put on an industrial glove and touch it. If the particles crumble, it is clearly time to replace it.
It Contains Asbestos
One of the scariest reports a homeowner can get is that asbestos is in the home. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can cause cancer.
If you live in an older home with an equally old roof, the insulation in the attic could be old too. If it has so far gone undisturbed, asbestos may not be present in the air in your home, but any renovation could release it.
Sometimes the best method of dealing with asbestos in the home is to leave it alone, or cover it up rather than remove it.
Have a professional test your attic insulation. If it shows asbestos is present, get recommendations on the best way to address the situation. You don’t want to make it any worse than it already is.
If you want your attic insulation replaced correctly, call Knockout Roofing — we provide expert roof repairs and insulation installation.