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Why You Should Get Rid of Wet Insulation

Why You Should Get Rid of Wet Insulation

March 20, 2020

why you should get rid of wet insulation

Having enough dry insulation is necessary for your home. If areas such as the attic, crawlspaces, walls and ceilings are properly insulated it can save your overall energy costs by 10% and heating and cooling costs by 20%. Depending on the material, insulation can also be resistant to mold, mildew and moisture. However, if your insulation isn’t dry and has excess moisture, it will most likely not be able to do its job well. If you’re not convinced by that, here is a list of reasons why you should get rid of wet insulation, by the pros at DFW Thermal!

1. It is Bad for The Structure of Your Home

Not only will wet insulation not be able to help you save on energy costs, it will also be bad for the overall structure of your home. Your insulation is pretty much right below your roof, so if it increasingly becomes wet, the moisture will wear the roof out. Trapped moisture also leads to quicker rusting and corrosion of the studs and seals that are holding your roof together, further deteriorating the roof.

2. Mold Growth

This is especially true for cellulose insulation, even though it is usually treated to be mold-proof. While cellulose insulation is made of primarily recycled material and is a “green” option, it can be prone to mold. Wet cellulose insulation can most definitely become a food source for mold and the moisture can be ideal for mold growth. If the damp insulation is near the drywall that could also be problematic for your home as damp drywall is also prone to mold and mildew.

3. Loss of Efficiency

Wet insulation will lose its efficiency over time. Insulation is meant to protect your home from excess moisture, energy loss and excessively hot or cold weather. If the insulation continues to trap moisture, it will become less effective overtime and will lose its thermal resistance. The R-Value, which is the rating that measures the efficiency and thermal resistance of insulation will also decrease in value.

4. Energy Loss

By having proper insulation, you can save a great deal on your overall energy and heating and cooling costs. If your insulation traps moisture, it will settle differently than you expect it too and will most likely end up losing energy. You will find your heating costs skyrocketing in the winter and cooling bills increasing the summer.

What Do I Do if I Have Wet Insulation? Contact DFW Thermal!

You will be able to tell you have wet insulation if you notice leaks or stains on your ceiling or other areas of your home. If you think you might have wet insulation, you might need to consult a professional to ensure a proper inspection. At DFW Thermal we offer a free consultation, so if you want to pinpoint the problem and figure out a solution, contact us today! Call us at 214-731-3115 or schedule a service on our website.