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What to do about wet insulation

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Pink Fiberglass insulation Depending on the situation, it is possible to resuse wet insulation by letting it dry out.Keep reading to learn more on what to do with wet insulation

If your home or business has wet insulation due to water damage, you might be wondering what to do with it. Many people have questions such as “Is it still usable?” or, “Is it safe?” To answer those questions, the answer depends on what type of insulation you have. For instance, if you have spray foam insulation, there is no need to worry! According to localinsulationpros.com, “If your spray foam closed cell insulation is wet you don’t need to worry. Spray foam closed cell insulation comes with an air-tight sealant and a moisture barricade. The best thing is that the water will hardly penetrate inside the insulation. Often, the water will easily evaporate from the surface. Where possible, you can simply wipe the excess water using a towel to safeguard the absorbent and wooden areas of your home.” If you have fiberglass insulation, it is possible to reuse it safely, but it depends on the situation. According to an article on https://home-energy.extension.org, “Glass Fiber insulation is made from strands of glass fiber and temporarily loses its thermal resistance when it gets wet. However, if it can dry out and has not become compacted, it will retain its insulating properties.” On the other hand, this article also says that if the insulation takes more than 2-3 days to dry, it should be removed and replaced by a professional. To learn more about what to do with other types of insulation, ( such as cotton, foam board, or cellulose) head to https://localinsulationpros.com, or call our office at 616-647-4300!

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