Preventing Moisture Issues in Your Home Insulation

Preventing Moisture Issues in Your Home Insulation

Tis the season… for warmer weather, sunshine, and a lot of rain. 2018 was one of the wettest years on record in Arkansas, and that means a lot of risk for moisture getting into the nooks and crannies of your home.  How you prevent moisture in your home insulation this time of year?  It’s not just rain that’s a risk either – the heavy humidity we’re blessed with here in the South can also impact your home insulation and other areas of your property. How can you prevent moisture issues in your insulation? Here are some tips!   Know the Causes of Moisture Problems How does water get into your home? The majority of the problems come from air currents and moisture that goes along with it. That means the sticky Arkansas summers are a prime time for moisture buildup in your home insulation. You can also get water into your house when it diffuses through other materials – like when you siding becomes soaked or your shingles let water in. When moist air enters your walls, it will condense on cooler materials. This can mean water on your insulation, framing, and walls.   Control Moisture With Proper Home Insulation Fortunately, a high-quality local insulation company can help you keep moisture out. Air sealing is vital because it helps prevent damp air from flowing into your house. You also need high-quality insulation, which will not only prevent condensation but will also save you a lot in energy costs. For instance, if you use spray foam for home insulation, you get a very high level of comfort. The cool air...
What to Do if You Suspect Asbestos

What to Do if You Suspect Asbestos

Asbestos was not the perfect home insulation solution. We all know that asbestos is extremely dangerous and can cause a variety of health problems, including cancer. However, it’s still legal to use it in the United States although it’s highly regulated. Asbestos was a very popular material that was used in building and home insulation up through the 1970s. Some builders continued to use it into the 1990s. It is fire, electrical, and sound-proof. Combined with its low cost, it seemed like the perfect insulation. Of course, we all know that was wrong. In the ’70s asbestos became linked with cancer and mesothelioma, and after the Clean Air Act builders were no longer allowed to use it as insulation. However, it remained on the market and continues to be used in a variety of non-insulation applications. Knowing what to do if you suspect asbestos in your home is vital, especially if you have an older home and think you might have this material in your home.   Have Professionals Remove Asbestos Insulation If you have asbestos insulation in your home, you should have it professionally removed as soon as possible. Never try to hand this material on your own. A removal company can safely take asbestos out of your home, allowing you to replace the insulation. To replace your insulation, let Reeves Insulation help you determine what’s best for your home. From fiberglass to cellulose to spray foam, there are a variety of safe and effective home insulation products you can use. There are options available across a range of prices and energy savings, so let us help you...
Optimize Your Home Insulation to Reduce Sound

Optimize Your Home Insulation to Reduce Sound

Are you tired of being able to hear your neighbor’s lawnmower as though it’s mowing your living room floor? Or are your children’s music choices booming through the house a bit too loudly? Whether you have a housemate who’s taken up the drums or you’re simply tired of hearing traffic and outside noise in your home, you may be wondering what you can do to optimize your home insulation for sound. The good news is there are a lot of materials and techniques that can help you. Here’s what you need to know!   The Challenges of a Noisy Life Between our electronics, music, hobbies, and outdoor noise, we live in a very loud world. Being inside should protect us, but it often doesn’t. Unfortunately not all construction is done with noise dampening in mind. Noise can create stress, which can impact your health in a variety of ways. If you struggle with headaches, fatigue, stomach problems, anxiety, or other mood issues, stress may be the cause. Having your home insulation make things quieter may make a big difference.   What’s the STC of Your Home? The sound transmission class (STC) of your construction will determine the starting point of optimizing your home insulation for sound. The higher the STC rating, the better your walls, ceilings, and floors are at reducing sound transmission. Here are a few ratings and what they mean when faced with loud speech from the other side: 25: Loud speech from the other side is easily understood 35: The speech is audible but not intelligible 48: The sound is barely audible 50: The loud talking...
Fireplace Safety This Winter

Fireplace Safety This Winter

In the winter it can be cold, grey, rainy, and even snow. If you have a fireplace in your home and excellent home insulation, it’s the perfect combination to keep you toasty warm.   Family time with warm drinks in front of a roaring fireplace – it can be a scene straight out of a movie. Unfortunately, without proper safety steps, that scene can quickly become a nightmare.   If you plan to use your fireplace this winter, be sure that you know how to keep yourself and your home safe. Here are the tips you need!   Remember to Open the Flue! The flue should be closed when the fireplace is not in use in order to prevent cold air from coming into your home. After all, if you leave the chimney way open, your home insulation won’t be able to make much difference!   But once you’re ready to start a fire, you want the flue open to draw the smoke out of the house. You can check and see if the damper is open by looking up the chimney with a flashlight or using a mirror.   Keep the flue open until all embers have completely burned out. Otherwise, you could have dangerous and unpleasant smoke collect in your home.   Don’t Burn Anything Chemical in Your Fireplace It’s tempting to use a fireplace as an all-purpose disposal, but it’s not one. If you burn painted or pressure-treated wood, for instance, you can release a large amount of toxic chemicals into your house.   You should also never use gasoline, kerosene, or charcoal starter to get...
How to Know it’s Time to Replace Home Insulation

How to Know it’s Time to Replace Home Insulation

How’s the insulation in your house?   If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you have absolutely no idea. After all, the insulation is behind the walls or in the attic. You don’t spend a lot of time in those places!   Unfortunately, what you don’t know may hurt you. If you don’t have the right home insulation, you could be spending lots of extra money heating and cooling your house.   Here’s how to know it’s time to replace your insulation.   Your Second Floor is Too Hot or Cold Do you dread going upstairs because it’s never comfortable up there? It’s a common problem, but it’s not something you have to put up with!   If you struggle with problems keeping the upper floors the correct temperature – or if you have specific rooms that seem to never be warm or cool enough – have a professional inspect your insulation and see if it needs to be replaced.   Inconsistent Indoor Temperature Does the comfort of your home vary from day to day – and seem suspiciously related to the outside weather? If so, you probably have problems with your home insulation.   You may be able to have a professional add additional insulation, or you may need the old material removed and replaced. Only an energy audit can give you the answer you need.   High Energy Bills If there are leaks in your insulation and outside air is getting in, your heater and air conditioner have to work extra hard. This takes a lot of energy, which costs a lot of money.   As a...
Understanding Insulation Terms – R-Value and More

Understanding Insulation Terms – R-Value and More

Choosing proper insulation for your home is essential, but when you research the options you may feel over your head. Insulation, like many industries, has a lot of specialized language.   Fortunately, the terms aren’t hard to understand. Here are some of the words and abbreviations you’ll hear most often as you research and choose the best insulation for your home. From C-value to R-value, here’s what you need to know!   First Things First: R-Value When you look at insulation options, the first thing you’ll hear about is the R-value. This measures the thermal resistance of a material – in other words, a high value means a greater effectiveness insulating your home or business.   The R-value is impacted by the type of material, how thick it is, and how dense it is. Proper insulation will be installed at the appropriate thickness required to get you the best resistance value possible.   Generally, the higher the resistance value the higher the cost of the insulation. As a result, most people have to balance effectiveness and price.   Heat Penetration: K-Value Although it’s not mentioned as often, the K-value of an insulation is also important. It measures how easily heat and cold can move through the insulation, regardless of how thick it is. The K-value may also be called the K-factor.   As a result, you’re looking for a low K-value when you examine different insulation options. The lower the K-value, the better job the product does in preventing heat and cooling flow through the material, causing energy loss in your home.   The K-value is closely related to...