Water Damage And Home Insulation
People who invest in newly constructed homes these days usually do not have to worry much about the insulation. It is required to make a home as energy efficient as possible to not only conserve energy because it is better for our environment, but also because home buyers of today want to save as much money on their heating and cooling bills as they possibly can. The cost of electricity has gone up as well as the price of natural gas, so no matter which one you use in your home, you will want to be well insulated.
Those that have older homes that might not meet the stricter standards of today are going what they can to remedy the amount of heeat and cooling loss by adding insulation. There are several types of insulation available today and some are better choices than others. It might all depend on what is most affordable for you when deciding which type to use.
The old standard fiberglass insulation is still used, although it is being made better than before. Many people are choosing spray foam insulation over fiberglass or cotton fibered insulation because it is much friendlier to the environment and works more efficiently as well. Spray foam goes on with a sprayer as implied and it quickly expands and hardens to fill every crack and crevice. It is also water resistant.
Whether you choose to use fiberglass, cotton, or spray foam to insulate your new home or older home, one thing is absolutely necessary before you have it done and that is to do a complete inspection for water leaks anywhere it is going to be installed. It will not do your home any good to have new insulation if there is a roof or attic leak, a leak in the walls or a the basement. It not penetrate and destroy the spray foam insulation itself, but it can still allow wood to rot if it gets in behind it somehow.
Of course, water leaks can ruin cotton or fiber glass insulation as well as cause mold and wood rotting. It can be difficult to pinpoint a water leak after the insulation has gone in, so it is vitally important that you inspect for water leaks beforehand. If you have done that task and your insulation areas are free from leaks at installation time, this does not mean that some could not develop years down the road. Regular water leak inspections are necessary to every home to keep it in the best shape possible and to avoid costly water damage.
By: Aydan Corkern