Identifying Insulation Issues

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Identifying Insulation Issues

Insulation is a key feature every home needs. Insulation is a padding that is put in homes to help regulate the temperature of homes. Insulation is normally found in attics, inside walls, basements, ceilings, and even the floor. The type of insulation used in all of these locations can vary.

There are three types of common insulation that can be used in your home:

Fiberglass Batts and Blankets: This insulation, like most insulations, can be used in the walls, floors, and ceilings. This is a standard insulation that can be self-installed, and is the standard size needed for homes (3.0-4.0 per inch).

Batts and Blankets: Batts and Blankets are easy to transport, but can be tricky to install around pipes and electrical wires.

Rockwool Batts and Blankets: This material is more fire-resistant than Fiberglass.

Regardless of what kind of insulation you use, you should use caution installing it, and you should always make sure it is in good condition and there are no issues with your insulation. Wear protective clothing, long pants, and gloves to defend your skin from coming in contact with the insulation because it can be itchy. Rolls and batts come in all different thicknesses and lengths because it depends on where in your home you are installing the insulation. According to the Department of Energy, “[Rolls and batts — or blankets –] are available in widths suited to standard spacing of wall studs and attic or floor joists: 2 inch x 4 inch walls can hold R-13 or R-15 batts; 2 inch x 6 inch walls can use R-19 or R-21 products.”

Insulation issues can be discovered by using infrared thermal imaging. This is the best way to see if your insulation is adequate or not as it can detect temperature differences and provide a visual of the targeted area. Another way to tell if your insulation is still good or not is if your home is too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer with the heater or air conditioning on. If you notice unusual temperature issues in your home, then it may be time to get a home inspector into your home to inspect the problem for you.

You should never have to change the insulation in your home, unless it has been damaged by water, fire, or any other natural causes. A homeowner should be concerned about the quality of the insulation if there’s a minor fire, after a major storm, pipe leaks, rodent damage, etc. Any of these scenarios can pose a serious problem for your home and your insulation.

At Georgia Pro Inspection Company we serve all of Metro Atlanta with reliable home inspection services. We perform detailed home inspections from the foundation to the roof and provide easy to read information with illustrated reports regarding your home. Call us today at (770) 655-0536 for more information.

By |2014-12-10T11:21:00-05:00December 15th, 2014|Home Maintenance|Comments Off on Identifying Insulation Issues

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