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How Bursting Pipes Affect Your Home Insulation

Bursted pipes are no stranger to Texas homes. If you are dealing with a bursted pipe, you may ask yourself where to start. I will go over why pipes may burst and how this can affect the  insulation in your home.

What Causes Bursting Pipes?

There are a variety of reasons this may happen but some of the most common reasons are below:

  • Frozen pipes: Weather conditions can have a huge affect on many aspects of our homes including our pipes. When pipes become too cold, they may freeze. This may happen when the temperature reaches below 32 degrees and the hot water may cause the pipes to break.
  • Pressure from Clogs: water may cause pressure when it has nowhere to go causing the pipe to leak if there are any clogs.
  • Rusted Pipes: The Ph of your water can have an affect on the build of your pipe overtime causing rust which leads to  corrosion.

How Does this affect insulation?

Water damage can harm your home’s structure by reaching the walls therefore affecting your home’s insulation. It is always best to get an inspection to see how bad the damage is so you can take the best care of your home.

Pipes bursting can leak to into the drywall causing a number of issues to happen:

  • Mildew and mold: Overtime, the wet insulation may begin to grow mold and mildew due to the moist environment. This may break down the insulation and home structure.
  • Less Efficient: When water reaches the insulation, it could cause the insulation to become less effective. If it reaches the exterior walls, this could cause damage to the brick and home structure.
  • Affects the Foundation: Bursted pipes can cause flooding and may reach the floors which may reach the crawlspaces and any cracks in your flooring or home foundation.

How We Remove and Install Wet Insulation

This home had water damage that leaked into the garage. It damaged the existing insulation in the attic and walls. I will go over the steps our team took when removing and installing the insulation.

1.The first step we took was to remove and clean up the wet insulation. It’s important that we remove any of the insulation that is damaged. Water damage can cause mold growth and mildew overtime so it’s best to prevent this from getting worse

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  1. We then installed batt into the walls R value 19. A higher insulation R rating is better energy efficiency for your home.

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  1. Lastly, We closed up the drywall and added blow in insulation in the ceiling. As you can see, the wall looks good as new! Replacing the wet insulation may become necessary depending on the situation. In this case, the water damage leaked into the garage so the best approach would be to replace any wet materials.

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Do you need an Inspection?

If you are interested in receiving an inspection, you can call us now at 214-812-9001 or contact us for more information on wet insulation!

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