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Living Around a Fireplace Installation

I happen to know a thing or two about living in a home while a new fireplace is being installed. It takes some time for the process to be completed, and the inconvenience can feel pretty intense, but there are tips and tricks you can use to make the process easier on the entire family – like turn a bedroom into the living room (if the living room is where your new fireplace is going, of course) when the construction gets a little loud. In the fifty years that I've lived in this home, I have experienced my fair share of home improvement projects. I decided that maybe some of my experience can help others who are looking to complete their own projects, like installing a new fireplace. Enjoy!

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When To Replace Your Insulation

Insulation is an important addition to homes, offices, and other buildings. It enables a building to have better energy efficiency and to stay more comfortable, in terms of temperature, all year long.

With that said, though, insulation will sometimes need to be replaced.

While it's not a bad idea to have your insulation professionally checked on a regular basis, you should also learn about the indicators that your insulation has been damaged in some way. That way, you can spot insulation damage more easily and thus be aware of when it's time for a replacement or at least a professional evaluation.

Mold Growth

Mold is one of the last things you want in your home. And, unfortunately, insulation can sometimes cause it.

If your insulation has gotten damp for some reason, such as a leak or flooding, it could potentially grow mold. It might also grow mold if there are exposed air gaps, creating the perfect, moist, warm environment for mold to grow.

If you spot mold within your insulation or near areas that are heavily insulated, then it may be time to have your insulation replaced. At the very least, you'll want to have the mold looked at to determine if it's a very dangerous type and what its exact cause is.

Rodent Activity

Insulation makes your home warm and cozy, but, unfortunately, certain types can provide an equally warm and cozy home for rodents, like rats and mice.

If you notice that your insulation appears chewed in areas or if you spot rodent droppings in or near insulation, take this to mean that your insulation has been infested.

In fact, if you even see a rodent in your home, have your insulation checked just in case. You can never be too careful when it comes to infestations, which tend to get worse with time.

Visible Rust

Finally, don't hesitate to sneak a peek under your insulation from time to time. If you spot corrosion or rusted spots under your insulation, this could mean that your insulation became wet at one point or experienced some other kind of wear.

Unfortunately, corrosion, once started, tends to spread and worsen. So, you'll want to work with a professional to determine the exact cause, fix the current situation, and keep rust from affecting your insulated areas again in the future.

Insulation, like anything else in your home, can become damaged. Thus, keep a close eye on it and have repairs or replacements made as necessary.

To learn more about insulation, contact insulation contractors in your area.