Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) November 01, 2012
With the recent devastation from Hurricane Sandy in the Northeastern United States, homeowners may have questions about what to do with wet or damaged fiber glass or rock and slag wool insulation. The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) has a number of free resources, videos and guides on its website, http://www.naima.org, to aid homeowners with building decisions and provide tips on choosing and installing insulation.
Recommendations for Wet Insulation
NAIMA, along with the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), advises homeowners to remove and replace fiber glass insulation that has been wetted from rising flood waters, since the water may be contaminated. Fiber glass or rock and slag batt insulations are unique in that, if they are wetted from a clean water source such as a potable water pipe, they can be removed, dried out and reused. All loose-fill insulations of any kind that are wetted should be removed and replaced, since they can lose their insulating properties, or R-value, when wet. And, some loose-fill insulations such as cellulose, that are treated with chemical fire retardants, can also lose their ability to resist fire after being wetted.
When homeowners are rebuilding, they should install insulation to the proper R-value. In most areas of the country the Department of Energy and NAIMA advises installing an R-49 in the attic. In the extreme southern portions of the country, an R-38 is appropriate. For more on the proper levels of insulation in a certain area, and for information on wall, basement and crawlspace insulation recommendations, visit http://www.naima.org. Homeowners installing insulation may also quality for a tax credit or rebate. NAIMA’s website provides, http://www.naima.org, homeowners with information on Federal, state and local tax incentives and rebates for energy efficiency upgrades.
Insulation is an investment that pays for itself many times over. The initial costs to install insulation are typically recouped in three to seven years depending on how much you already have and how much more you add, and fiber glass and mineral wool insulation continues to save energy and help lower bills for the life of the home. Savings may vary. Find out why in the seller’s fact sheet.
NAIMA provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) including:
Homeowners can find free videos and publications at http://www.naima.org that address:
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NAIMA is the trade association for North American manufacturers of fiber glass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation products. Its role is to promote energy efficiency and environmental preservation through the use of fiber glass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation, and to encourage the safe production and use of these materials. Visit NAIMA’s website at http://www.naima.org or call 703.684.0084.