Ceiling Insulation is the most-talked insulation element, yet many homeowners don’t know much about protecting it from water damage. Water ingress is one of the most common insulation killers, and homeowners don’t usually take actions to prevent it. “Water ingress doesn’t damage insulation.” That is what most of the homeowners think about it. Yes, most of the modern Ceiling Insulation deal with water damage to a greater extent, but that doesn’t mean that you can completely ignore the effects of it. Why would you install thermal barriers on the ceiling? Water ingress in insulation reduces the overall efficiency of those products to a greater extent. So, it is advisable that all the homeowners focus on roof water leaks and other ways that water can get into Ceiling Insulation.
OK, what are the possible ways that water can get into those thermal barriers? Water that might leak through roof damages is the prime cause to highlight here. Your home’s roof is the structural element that prevents rainwater and snow getting into your attic or home. Structural damages on the roof are the primary cause of water leaks. Also, most of the houses in Australia are from the 30s and 40s; hence those roofs may be already damaged to a greater extent. Or, weather conditions such as heavy rainfall, storms, and even heavy snowfall can cause sudden damages to your home’s roof. If the attic of your home is a converted room; you will soon realize roof water leaks then. But, only a few percentages of Australian houses got attic/converted rooms; hence the majority of homeowners can miss those roof leaks, which will lead to Ceiling Insulation damages.
Even though modern Ceiling Insulation is a durable product that can withstand many environmental factors, water getting into its structure ruins its thermal protection mechanism. As you know, batts, blown-in, and spray-foam insulation use thousands of air pockets to prevent heat transfer through them. But, when water fills those air pockets, creating a uniform medium for heat to get through; the thermal protective mechanism of Ceiling Insulation gets ruined to a greater extent by it. All these facts suggest that saying “modern insulation can withstand water ingress” and ignoring it is not advisable today.
How to prevent this water damage? Well, as the homeowner; you are the responsible individual to inspect the roof for water leaks. If you consider this inspection as a hassle; why don’t you hire a home inspector for it? Also, roof leaks lead to frequent temperature fluctuations as well in your home. Before you install new Ceiling Insulation; make sure you rectify all the damages on your home’s roof. Let’s say your home’s roof is in perfect condition, but you see water in those thermal barriers yet! What could be the cause of it? Yes, we can assume that it’s a leak from the water tank or water pipelines that are in the attic. Rodents and other wildlife may have bitten those pipelines or the water tank; hence you will have to fix those damages in the first hand to protect roof thermal barriers. Also, rodents’ and wildlife bodily fluids can get accumulated in Ceiling Insulation overtime. So, handling those contaminated insulation yourself is not advisable at all. Contact professional insulation recovery companies in such complicated cases. That wildlife and rodents may have entered the attic through roof damages.