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7 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Insulation

Insulation systems are part of your property’s general mechanical components, which means they need regular inspection and maintenance. For most property owners, spray polyurethane foam insulation materials are typically “set and forget” endeavors that will remain untouched for long periods. Unfortunately, insulation materials can suffer from damages and have deteriorating performance that can damage the entire property if you leave them unattended.

Any SPF applicator will recommend inspecting insulation areas annually. You can include exterior checks for cracking, distorted, or corroded areas. Systems enduring high temperatures with hot spots are most likely suffering from poor or aged insulation quality that you’ll need to replace. To make sure your property wouldn’t suffer from these consequences, here are seven things your insulation inspectors should frequently check.

Energy Cost Increase

An evident increase in energy consumption may point to issues in property insulation. Cracks and damaged insulation areas will introduce drafts that lead to further insulation material damage. Minor evidence of insulation failure is turning up thermostat settings after having HVAC experts completely clean the unit. However, having professionals inspect the insulation material and surfaces is the best way to determine any possible damage and draft.

Corrosion Under Insulation Surface

A consistent presence of moisture between the insulation material and anchored surface indicates possible severe insulation material damage. Corrosion occurs due to prolonged water presence over steel surfaces. Properties that have used SPF as a fireproofing coating over the building’s steel components will likely find corrosion after removing insulation that has stayed in poor shape.

Surface Condensation

Condensation occurs when hot air clashes with cooler air, forcing moisture in hot air to reach its dew point. This indicates that air drafts from the outside are permeating, with warmer or colder indoor air reaching its dew point and possibly causing steel material damage. Professional SPF applicators can remove and respray the property’s steel foundations along with gaps to restore indoor insulation levels.

Indoor Mold and Mildew Growth 

Mold and mildew growth is evidence that moisture levels have introduced high humidity levels indoors. In doing so, exterior air has brought in organisms that created mold spore colonies. Mold and mildew growth requires professional exterminators to clean and applicators to reapply SPF insulation and restore the insulation material’s capacity.

Insulation Discoloration

Discoloration is a significant sign that the SPF material requires replacement. Rust-colored discoloration indicates possible water damage and steel corrosion if the SPF material is anchored on steel bars and other materials. In most cases, insulation discoloration feels soft and will sag due to wear.

Sagging Insulation Material

Sagging insulation material indicates long-term wear and material moisture permeation. Both open and closed-cell SPF can repel water until they reach years near the end of their lifespan. SPF applicators can easily remove sagging insulation material and reapply SPF to restore the property’s insulation levels.

Missing Insulation

Lastly, missing insulation due to extreme sagging is a clear sign your insulation requires immediate replacement. SPF applicators can immediately apply SPF to maintain your insulation system’s integrity.

You can always count on Ener Spray to provide you with top-notch SPF applications. Call us today to have an in-depth SPF inspection or application any time.