Although the official start of winter is still a couple weeks away, it’s cold here in the Portland, Oregon area—and it’s only going to get colder! How can you stay warm and comfortable in your home? One way is to make sure your insulation (especially attic insulation) is in top shape.
This doesn’t just mean the right amount. Your insulation needs to be in good condition to effectively perform. This means it can’t be wet or otherwise ruined. But how does insulation get wet, and what can you do if you find that yours is? Keep reading to learn more!
Causes of Wet Insulation
Although insulation in any home across the country can experience moisture issues, the Portland area is one of the rainiest in the United States! It’s important to make sure your insulation stays nice and dry. There are several different ways your insulation can get wet, including:
- Leaks from the roof and/or plumbing pipes
- Ground moisture (basement and crawl space insulation)
- Air infiltration from windows, doors, gaps in siding, etc.
- Mold (spores can enter through air infiltration)
- Snow (it can be blown into the attic through a vent)
What Should I Do with Wet Insulation?
Should wet insulation be replaced? Is wet insulation completely ruined? These are questions many homeowners have. Enough moisture can ruin insulation materials; wet insulation should be removed and replaced. If your insulation is merely a little damp, removal may not be worth it. It’s best to have a professional take a look. There are times when new insulation can be added over old layers, but moldy, wet or otherwise damaged insulation should be removed.
Contact Installed Building Products Portland to learn more or to schedule insulation removal and replacement for your home!