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Adding Insulation

Adding insulation to an existing home can increase energy efficiency and reduce utility bills. First, you need to find out how much insulation you already have in your home and where.  A qualified home energy auditor, like Henges Insulation, can check your insulation.

Adding insulation

In newer houses, you may be able to find out what insulation was installed from the builder. In older houses, you’ll need to request an energy audit or if you prefer to do it yourself, follow these helpful tips from the U.S. Department of Energy:

  • Inspect the attic, walls and floors adjacent to an unheated space, like a garage or basement.  See what type of insulation you have and measure its thickness.
  • Check the exterior walls using an electrical outlet:
    • Turn off the power to the outlet.
    • Remove the outlet cover and inspect the cracks to see if there is insulation.
    • Remove some of the insulation to help determine the type.
  • Tip – Just because you find insulation in one wall doesn’t mean that it’s everywhere in the house.
  • Check and measure the thickness of any insulation in unfinished basement ceilings and walls, or above crawl spaces.
  • Once you’ve determined the type of insulation you have in these areas and its thickness, check out the U.S. Department of Energy to determine the R-values of insulation previously installed in your home.

Henges Insulation in Olathe, Kansas, is a leading contractor in the insulation industry in the Kansas City area. We have provided high-quality products and services to builders, remodelers, designers, architects and homeowners since 1932.

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Is Your Roof Leaking?

Is Your Roof Leaking

Letting a leaking roof go can cost big money. Make sure to look for these signs to see if your roof is leaking from Enlightenme:

  • Missing or damaged shingles. It’s a good idea to inspect your roof periodically. If you spot missing or damaged shingles, this is an obvious entrance point for water, which can rot the wood sheathing underneath and can lead to extremely costly repairs. Get the shingles repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
  • Issues with flashing. Flashing (the material, usually metal, that covers the joints on your roof where water would otherwise get in) is a common source of leaks. Look for corroded spots, small holes, or signs of rust. There may also be places where the flashing is coming loose and allowing water to stream in.
  • Problems with the ceiling. The first visible sign of leaks on the inside of your home will often be on the ceiling. Any sagging, bubbles, or soft places should be investigated right away. You might notice peeling paint or discolored spots, too.
  • Problems with walls. Like the ceiling, water damage often takes the form of peeling paint or discolored spots. You might see moisture marks, or gray, yellow, or brown stains. Drywall may also come undone in places.
  • Mold. When leaks go undetected for a long time, they are very likely to cause mold in your home. This can cause symptoms like sore throat, itchy skin, and coughing in you or your family members, so it’s a good idea to have a mold inspection performed if one or more people in your household are having these symptoms. After the mold is removed, the leak should be found and addressed.
  • Signs in the attic. If you have an attic that you can access, go there and look for signs. If you have a leaky roof, they’ll likely be pretty obvious. You might see water stains, discolorations, or even moldy areas.

Henges Insulation in Olathe, Kansas, is a leading contractor in the insulation industry in the Kansas City area. We have provided high-quality products and services to builders, remodelers, designers, architects and homeowners since 1932.

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