As insulation ages, it can begin to lose efficacy and cause more problems than it’s worth. Before laying down fresh attic insulation, it is important to remove all the previous insulation, as it may hinder the new spray foam’s ability to efficiently insulate your attic. This raises the question: when is the time right for insulation extraction before installing new spray foam insulation in Jacksonville, Florida? Attic Man is here to show you when you need to remove old insulation.

Rodent Infestation

Rodents, like mice and rats, can pose a significant risk to attic insulation. These pesky critters will build nests and use insulation as their home while they multiply. If rodents are allowed to congregate near attic insulation, a trail of droppings will follow them, which is hazardous to your health. If your current attic insulation has been compromised by pests, then it will need to be extracted as well as disinfected before new insulation can be sprayed in.

Water Damage

Attic insulation often utilizes a vapor barrier to keep it safe from moisture damage. If insulation is exposed to water and the vapor barrier fails, whether because of a leak in the roof or condensation from the air conditioner spills out of its drip pan, it can hold moisture for a very long time and become a source of mold spores or mildew. Plus, when insulation is wet, it will lose its ability to slow down the transfer of heat in or out of your home. If only a small area of attic insulation has been compromised by water damage, then only that portion needs to be replaced. However, leave it to experienced insulation contractors in Jacksonville, FL to determine the true extent of water damage to your attic insulation.

Poor Air Quality

Have you noticed a significant number of drafts in your home? Has your air conditioning struggled to maintain the temperature of your choosing? Are you suffering more from allergies, even if you don’t leave your home? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then your indoor air quality is likely suffering from dirty attic insulation. However, solving the issue of poor air quality requires a delicate process. After stripping away all the old insulation, the attic floor needs to be sealed, otherwise all the leakage pathways from the attic into the house will still be present. Then, new spray foam insulation can be laid down.

There’s no reason to keep suffering through the consequences of dirty attic insulation in Jacksonville homes. There are professionals like Attic Man on standby who are ready to help when the time comes! If you suspect that your insulation has been compromised, or if you would just like to know more about how Attic Man can help, then give us a call today!