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Wet Insulation: The 5 Most Common Signs

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Wet insulation can be an issue in terms of the short-term damage it can do to your property and the lasting structural damages it can create.

Like most people, you probably don't think about insulation until it's cold outside and your home is drafty. But did you know that wet insulation is a serious problem that can lead to extensive damage in your home?

The professionals at SERVPRO of Barrow County have mitigated countless water restoration projects and know that wet insulation is a significant issue that requires addressing. Wet insulation can lead to several problems, such as:

  • Mold growth
  • Structural damage
  • Decreased energy efficiency

If you think your home may have wet insulation, knowing the most common signs is essential. This blog post will discuss the five most common symptoms of wet insulation and what you can do about it. Wet insulation can cause a lot of damage to your home, so it is essential to address it as soon as possible.

What is wet insulation?

There are a few things you need to understand when it comes to wet insulation. First off, insulation comes in many different materials and is designed to keep a property warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If your wet insulation is no longer performing this way, it could mean that there is wet insulation inside your wall cavities or attic spaces.

Wet insulation is any insulation that has been wet for an extended period and can be due to several factors, such as:

  • Flooding
  • Roof leaks
  • Pipe bursts
  • Condensation

The five most common signs of wet insulation?

If you think your insulation may be wet, knowing the most common signs is essential. Here are the most common symptoms of wet insulation:

  1. The insulation is wet to the touch.
  2. There is water damage on the ceiling or walls. Keep a lookout for water spots and discoloration.
  3. There is a musty smell in the house. The majority of the time, a musty odor comes from the wet insulation in your home.
  4. There is mold or mildew growth. Mold growth is especially common when wet insulation has been wet for an extended period. You will see mold growing on surfaces, such as walls or ceilings. 
  5. There are dramatic changes in utility bills. If your wet insulation is no longer keeping your home warm or cool, this can cause you to use more energy by trying to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.

If you notice any of these common signs of wet insulation, it is essential to call a professional water restoration company like SERVPRO of Barrow County right away. The sooner you address the issue, the less damage wet insulation can do to your home.

How can SERVPRO of Barrow County help with wet insulation?

The professionals at SERVPRO of Barrow County have the training and experience necessary to handle any size water damage restoration project. We almost always find wet insulation in nearly every water damage call we receive. When you contact us, we promise to work quickly to mitigate the damage and restore your home to its preloss condition.

All of our professionals have gone through extensive training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and are fully certified to handle wet insulation. In addition, we have been taught the importance of working quickly in addressing the wet insulation in your home.

Whether you are dealing with wet insulation due to flooding, a pipe burst, or any other cause, we are here to help restore your property and get your life back on track. Contact us today! Our team is available 24/7 to help you address the wet insulation in your home.

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