Now that the winter is almost here, all homeowners should check the insulation in their home. Whether there’s not enough or it’s installed incorrectly, any problems with the insulation should be corrected before the cold weather kicks in. Otherwise, you’ll be enjoying a cold house, high energy bills, and possible damage to your crawlspace and attic.
First things first, every home should be equipped with the proper amount of insulation. If there isn’t enough or it is covered in mold and water damage, it will need to be replaced immediately. Have a professional come in to inspect the current insulation to see if it is installed correctly, if it’s in good condition, and if there’s enough of it.
When insulation is installed by non-professionals or the homeowner, it can sometimes be put into place upside down. The paper side of the insulation should always face the inside of the home. The paper side contains an asphalt adhesive that will prevent any moisture from passing through the insulation. If the paper barrier is installed backwards, the humid air from the attic can cause rot and mold to form.
A lot of the times when there is too much moisture in the attic or crawl space, condensation will begin to form on the insulation. This will cause the insulation to separate from its supports because it is now too heavy. A professional will have to inspect to see if the insulation can be reused or if it has to be replaced.
Insulation is the key to having a secure, dry, and warm home in the wintertime. When you need a professional to inspect your current insulation and recommend a plan of action, contact EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a cal at (844) 775-7700.