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What Can Happen If My Fiberglass Insulation Gets Wet After a Storm In My Randolph Home?

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

Mold and water spots on an attic wall. Storm damage to your insulation can be problematic, so let SERVPRO take the lead.

For Flood Removal After Building Materials Inside Your Randolph Home Get Wet, Call SERVPRO

After a storm strikes the Randolph area, moisture can find its way into your house once the water starts getting deep outside. H2O can enter your home from a leaky roof or rise from the ground. Once moisture enters your dwelling, it will first build up on your floor, and then it can start soaking into your wall cavities.

Does my insulation get ruined if it gets wet?

During flood removal in Randolph, our SERVPRO technicians know that the R-value of some types of insulation can be decreased if your fiberglass insulation inside your walls gets wet. Fiberglass insulation is made from glass, and it can be made into batts, blankets, or loose-fill. This type of insulation is commonly found in residential buildings inside walls, ceilings, and sometimes underneath floors. Most batts of fiberglass insulation is paper-backed meaning that one side of the insulation has paper attached to the fiberglass.

Can my fiberglass insulation be restored after it gets wet? 

According to industry standards, fiberglass insulation and its paper backing can be dried out and restored if it gets wet, and the source is category one or clean water. However, moisture coming into your home after a storm is either considered a category two or three situation since there is a chance the water is contaminated by harmful fungi, bacteria, viruses, or parasites coming in from the outdoors. Therefore, when dealing with "grey" or "black" water, our SERVPRO crew can remove or replace your insulation if it gets wet.

How can you dry out my wall cavity after the insulation gets removed?

  • Flood Cuts: We can cut your drywall a foot or two above your floor and use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out your wall cavities.
  • Injection Drying Systems: We can use injection driers that push air into your wall cavities through holes that are drilled into your drywall.

If you ever think that moisture made its way inside your walls after a storm, call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000 24 hours a day.

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