The cold is finally here! With such drastic drops in temperature, a lot of people have already started winterizing their homes and performing seasonal maintenance tasks.
This is something everyone should do because adequately maintaining your home means you can avoid costly (and irritating) water damage, mold, and terrible odors that make your home unfit to live in. Ideally, you should have complete insurance coverage for water damage and other threats to your home.
Nevertheless, at this time of year, some people are considering do-it-yourself insulation projects. And let’s face it – insulation projects aren’t nearly as hard as other projects, such as trying to personal renovation projects. But don’t underestimate the difficulty of your project – there’s a lot that can go wrong. The following are some of the biggest home maintenance and insulation blunders to avoid.
Poor Vapor Barrier Installations
A vapor barrier prevents the transference of moisture through different building materials, and is an extremely important component of your home and insulation. The failure to properly install a vapor barrier could be detrimental to the future of your home. Even though it may seem straight forward, you really need to follow directions. Not only can a botched job allow moisture into your home, it can trap moisture in unintended areas, which not only gives mold a chance to grow but can also damage the structural integrity of your home.
There are many types of insulation, such as newspaper-based products that can be sprayed with a hose or even fiberglass. But some novices accidentally and unknowingly leave gaps in the insulation installation. At first glance, this issue may only seem like a problem because it will allow heat to enter/escape. But it can also cause moisture problems, especially in ceilings and attics, that create the perfect breeding ground for mold. Furthermore, non-professional installations can shift over time, which creates gaps that didn’t previously exist.
Cutting Corners and Adding Too Much Insulation
Some attics and crawl spaces have a lot of small crevices, divots, obstructions, and strangely shaped walls that make it difficult to properly insulate. Naturally, a professional would cut out insulation to fit into the oddly shaped areas, but some novices try to take shortcuts. The most common ‘solution’ is trying to smash insulation into holes instead of cutting them to fit (which can ruin the insulator’s integrity). In the end, the job is inadequate, and can cause a lot of problems including mold outbreaks, stagnate moisture, and heat escapes.
Insulation isn’t as hard to undertake on your as other forms of home maintenance and repairs such as water damage, water removal, fire damage, roof repairs, mold removal, and mold remediation. If you find evidence of any water or leaking when you are maintaining your home or insulation, you need to reach out to a water damage restoration service as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the greater the chance that mold and mildew invade your home.