Is Old Insulation a Fire Hazard?

February 8, 2020

You want your home to stay cool, but what if your insulation is a fire hazard? Most of us don’t consider that the very stuff that’s supposed to protect our home from the elements could actually contribute to its destruction—but it’s true. Certain types of old or improperly installed insulation can present a very real danger to your home and its residents. Some insulation materials can contribute to the spread of a fire, while others will release toxic gases inside your home. It’s important to ensure that your insulation has been properly installed and is safe for your home—especially because California and Nevada have been suffering severe wildfire seasons recently, with no end in sight.

When you need superior insulation service in Northern California, be sure to call Ace Insulation Inc. We can quickly and expertly replace your old insulation with something that’s sure to keep your family safe. Here’s what to look for when you consider replacing your insulation:

  • Cellulose insulation: Cellulose insulation is one of the most popular types of insulation in use today, but it can present a fire risk. It’s made of organic material such as paper, wood, cork and cotton. When it’s dry, it is combustible, but it can smolder even when it’s damp. The materials are often treated with fire-retardant chemicals, but that protection can break down over time, leaving your home unprotected.
  • Fiberglass: Fiberglass is made of silicon dioxide, among other materials. While it is quite effective in insulating a home, it is also prone to melting during a fire. When the insulation melts, it releases toxic gases into the air (including inside the home).
  • Mineral wool insulation: Mineral wool insulation (also known as rock wool or slag wool insulation) actually provides a significant amount of fire protection. It’s resistant to temperatures in excess of 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, and can help stop the spread of fire from room to room. Ace Insulation Inc. offers Roxul batt insulation, and we particularly recommend it for customers who live in fire-prone areas.
  • Spray foam: Spray foam is excellent for providing insulation—it’s quick and easy to install, offering superior moisture barriers and a strong R-value. However, because it’s plasticized, it is prone to combustion when fire is involved. It can also release toxic gases into the air and home when exposed to fire.

If you’re concerned about the insulation in your home, we can help. Give us a call to find out your next steps.

Insulation service in Northern California

If you have old insulation that was improperly installed or you want to remove and replace it with something safer and more effective, call Ace Insulation Inc. Since 2011, we have been serving the Northern California area, removing, replacing and installing insulation in homes across the region. Our goal is to do the job fully, the right way and the first time, so that you enjoy the benefits of saving money on utilities and protecting your home from fire hazards. Call us today to get a quote on replacing your old insulation.

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