Against The Elements
Insulation helps moderate the internal temperature of your home, keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Some insulation materials also have a moisture barrier to minimize moisture seeping into your home. Insulation is rated by its ability to block outside temperatures. Your inspector will visually inspect your insulation for any potential health hazards. In addition, he will check vents for air circulation to prevent moisture buildup.
Your Inspector Inspects
- Insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces.
- Ventilation of attics and foundation areas.
- Mechanical ventilation systems.
Feel The Difference
Old homes may have insulation that is toxic, so your report will include any levels of toxicity as well as recommendations for removal. Looks can be deceiving. Your attic space may be filled with an older insulation material but its rating may be low to nil, providing no real temperature moderation for your home.
The Report Tells All
Your written description includes description of the insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces like the attic and the absence of insulation in unfinished spaces as well as the rating for the insulation installed.
Inadequate ventilation, roof leaks in the attic, or plumbing leaks to insulation under the flooring can create conditions that may promote the growth of fungus or mold. Your inspector will note findings in your written report.
Comfort In Any Weather
A detailed insulation inspection is an integral component of your property inspection. Take a look at the other 101 introductions to learn what else your home inspector sees when he takes a professional look at your property.
While every home inspection is as thorough as possible, your inspector is not required to disturb the installation or determine the composition or energy rating of insulation materials. However, your inspector may be familiar with the energy rating of commonly used insulation materials in your area.
An experienced, professional home inspector can help you identify local professional resources to upgrade your insulation if your insulation is inadequate.