Water damaged insulation: what do I do with it?

When the insulation of your home businesses than damaged by water can lead to a lot of confusing questions. Is it still a good installation material? Will it eventually damage other structures such as tiled floors and drywall? Will breed mold and mildew? The problem with answering these questions is that installation comes in various different forms some of which can survive water damage. Here are some things to consider.

The installation of every home is different.for example you could have fiberglass, cellulose, cotton, foam ball or even spray board and each must be treated differently after water damage. Any organic materials will breed mold very quickly while the non-organic ones were only break mold if they aren’t dried out properly.

One main problem is the risk of toxins being retained within the insulation sometimes for years and years. Without any previous experience of cleaning up after water damage is highly recommended that you seek out the water damage restoration company. They will come a man with the experts knowledge tell you whether or not your installation can be saved or whether you would be best advised to install new insulation.

If you feel you have the knowledge and the skills to do a preliminary examination of the insulation yourself and be sure to take prudent safety precautions. Where facemask and use gloves at all times. mold spores can grow rapidly and if you have a compromised immune system and you breathe in potentially harmful you could be looking at a whole range of unpleasant and expensive medical problems in the future.

Frugality versus fungus: false economy and the mold in your cupboards

In this time with economy not at its best and with money often hard to find sometimes we have to get rather inventive with the meals we make for our families. Suddenly tuna and spaghetti seem to go very well together and peanut butter goes on everything. This inventiveness can be very good for us. It gets us out of our comfort zone and causes us to become more resourceful.

One thing we shouldn’t do however is use food that is past its expiration date. A day or two past the expiration date is no big deal but when against the realms of months or more after the expiration date then things can get rather dangerous.


Here is a story about what happened when a mother made pancakes for her son from a mixture that was well out of date.

“A student at HBHS (high school) had pancakes this week and it almost became fatal. His Mom (registered nurse) made him pancakes, dropped him off at school and headed to play tennis. She never takes her cell phone on the court but did this time ; and her son called to say he was having trouble breathing. She told him to go to the nurse immediately and proceeded to call school and alert the nurse.

The nurse called the paramedics and they were there in 3 minutes and worked on the boy all the way to the hospital. He came so close to dying. Evidently this is more common then I ever knew. Check the expiration dates on packages like pancakes and cake mixes that have yeast which over time develop spores. Apparently, the mold that forms in old mixes can be toxic! Throw away ALL OUTDATED pancake mix, brownie mixes, Bisquick, cake & cookie mixes, etc., you have in your home.

P.S. Tell this to your children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and anyone else who keeps these types of mixes in the cupboard.

This warning especially applies to those with mold allergies!”

If you suspect that your home is developed mold and that its in danger of getting into your food you should call a professional mold remediation company to deal with it. All mold is potentially harmful, only a professional can tell you whether or not mold found in your home is harmless.