High winds, large hail and tornadoes. You know the damaging effects these summer storms can bring. But have you considered what to do when wet ceilings – and wet insulation – collapse into closets, onto upholstered furniture and all over carpets and rugs? Wet, fallen insulation can be an itchy mess – one no one wants all over their favorite chair or inside their clothing.
When deciding whether to clean away insulation or replace damaged items, consider these factors:
- How much insulation has fallen?
- What type of insulation was it?
- How long did it set wet?
- Are there special hypersensitivities in the household?
- How does replacement compare to cleaning costs?
When insulation becomes wet but does not fall in, industry standards state that vertical insulation (such as inside a wall) can be safely dried within certain parameters. However, if horizontal insulation becomes wet, the insulation loses its ability to resist heat traveling through it – measured as the “R value” – and the insulation should be replaced. As with all restoration situations, ServiceMaster Clean In A Wink professionals are available 24/7 to meet you on loss sites and help weigh these and other factors so a sound decision can be made.