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Many American homes that were built a decade ago are poorly insulated. Due to this, homeowners have taken steps to improve this situation and have found ways to properly regulate the temperature of their houses.

Though newly built houses are required to have insulation based on the recommended R-value of their area, the possibility of improperly installed insulation materials is still present. In that sense, the removal and replacement of existing home insulation, whether it is old or new, has become a necessity.

 

Why is it necessary to remove and replace existing home insulation?

There are three main reasons why there is a need for replacement of the existing home insulation: over insulation, under insulation, and improper insulation.

First, if there is an overly insulated building. Excessive home insulation cuts off ventilation, which is much worse than an under-insulated home. Too much insulation blocks airflow that leads to poor ventilation.

Hot air from the inside of the house moves up to the attic and cool air from outside moves down to the living area. This airflow can be prevented if your attic is properly insulated.

Now, if your attic is overly insulated, airflow is restricted resulting in moisture forming within the crevices. Remember that moisture can lead to mold formation, which can cause adverse health problems. Addressing such issues is key to preventing any of these consequences from happening.

As we all know, an under-insulated home incurs high energy consumption just to regulate the temperature of your house. The same goes for improperly installed insulation materials. To know more about this, read our blog here.

 

Upgrading your Home Insulation

There are a variety of insulation materials available in the market such as cellulose, fiberglass, rock wool, cotton, and sheep wool. There are also different ways of installing these materials. It can be blown-in, sprayed, nailed, or glued.

However, if your home is more than 15 years old, some upgrades might be needed to experience the excellent performance of home insulation.

We’ve written about these materials and their benefits in our “What You Need To Know Before You Insulate Your Attic” blog. Read this to know more.

 

Damaged Insulation: Pest Infestation and Roof Leak

Pests are opportunistic creatures. Give them an opportunity to infest and you’ll surely regret the result of it. Even a small crack in the roofing is enough for pests to infest the attic. These creatures bring diseases and can pose a serious threat to your house’s condition, especially your home insulation. Their urine and feces can drench and contaminate the installed insulation materials.

They can also tatter and tear insulation materials. As a result, home insulation loses its efficacy. This is why regularly checking the current status of the nooks and crannies of your house is crucial to ensuring safety.

Leaking roofs are also one of the biggest threats to home insulation. Any leak will wet the insulation material, contaminating it resulting in damage. Molds thrive in wet insulation too and it can spread to other parts of the house.

Once the insulation material is wet, drying then installing it again is not an option. It’s because there is a possibility that foreign objects and elements are lodged in the insulation materials, thus significantly reducing its R-value. The only way to restore the effective weatherization of your house is through removing and replacing your damaged insulation materials.

 

Best Insulation Machines for Removing and Replacing Home Insulation

Insulation Machine Store is dedicated to providing the best and coveted insulation machines in the market. From insulation vacuums for removing insulation materials to blow-in insulation machines for replacing home insulation, we have everything you are looking for.

Check out some of our machines below or visit our SHOP page.

If you want to make a purchase but do not necessarily know what exactly you need, please contact directly at sales@insulationmachinestore.com. We are available to assist you 24/7