It may not be the first thing you think of when you prepare for home maintenance and repairs, but proper attic insulation can pay off big time. Though the integrity of attic insulation typically lasts for a very long period of time, perhaps as long as you are in your home, there are circumstances where it can be compromised. Here are four potential issues that should cause you to assess your insulation and consider replacing it.
Water is among your home's most persistent and potentially damaging enemies. When your house is exposed to rain or flooding, it's possible for water to get into the insulation. If it doesn't dry out properly, water exposure can lead to lasting damage that will require that your insulation be replaced. Two of the biggest water-related hazards are mold and mildew, which can be very harmful to human inhabitants. In many cases of water damage, only the affected portion of your insulation will need to be replaced.
Pests such as mice, squirrels, and insects can thrive in some types of insulation, destroying it in the process as a few critters expand into an infestation. One of the best ways to fight or prevent a pest problem in your attic is to call in an expert to evaluate, replace, and update your insulation.
One of the primary functions for insulation in your home is to regulate temperatures. Good insulation should help keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. If the temperature in your home is inconsistent from room to room, or if your utility bill seems unrealistically high, poor insulation may be at fault.
Decay over Time
The process and materials used in attic insulation have changed over time. The increased quality makes insulation today more durable than in years past. If you know or suspect that your insulation has been in place for a long period of time, you will need to watch for signs of failing insulation, such as crumbling and decay. Some old insulation might also be too thin to be totally effective.
You may not think much about your attic insulation when it's doing its job, but there's a very good chance that you'll notice when it fails. For your own comfort as well as for the integrity of your home, watch for potential problems and call in experts to safely remove and replace insulation if necessary.