Health Benefits of Removing Old Insulation

Health Benefits of Removing Old Insulation

Removing old, outdated insulation from your home can definitely provide health benefits. For instance, removing old blown-in insulation can enhance the air quality within your home. Removing old fiberglass insulation can help reduce allergy symptoms and the occurrence of asthma in some people. If you need to remove worn out, ineffective or dangerous insulation, our team at Insulation Pros of Colorado is here to help.

Compromised insulation in some form can be a possible cause of health issues within your household. There are a few important health benefits of old insulation removal in your home. They include:

Reduced Risk of Fungal and Mold Growth

Insulation that has become ineffective and compromised poses a health risk in your home in the form of mold or fungal growth. If you allow old insulation to remain unchecked, areas such as crawl spaces, attics, and rim joists may flourish with various types of fungal growth, including mold spores, causing poor indoor air quality throughout your home.

Mold can be a serious health hazard and it should not be ignored or underestimated as to the health issues it can cause, including an array of respiratory concerns. Breathing in the spores of mold can lead to sneezing, coughing, headaches, and rashes. Extended exposure can also cause nausea, permanent damage to the lungs, and blackouts.

Reduced Risk of Pest Infestations

Older homes are particularly more vulnerable to pest infestations due to some of the construction methods involved. These pests can include mice, rats, raccoons, bats, and pigeons. These critters will make a nest in your home, bring in rotten food, produce waste, and potentially bring in dangerous microbes or diseases. Certain insects, such as ants and termites can cause structural damage, eating through structural materials such as cellulose and fiberglass.

Lower Risk of Asbestos

Asbestos was banned in most countries in the 1980s, so it hasn’t been used in home building construction since that time. However, older homes in the U.S. may still have this material in the structure’s insulation. The material was found to be dangerous to the lungs when inhaled, potentially leading to health conditions such as asbestosis (lung scarring), mesothelioma (cancer that affects the membranes lining the abdomen or chest), lung cancer, and other cancers.

To learn about the highly effective blown-in insulation services we offer for commercial and residential customers, give us a call today at 970.980.6645 or use our contact form to leave us a message.