Summary: had an addition built recently. Do to improper installation, an
air handler dumped water in ceiling - which came down in a bedroom covering
EVERTHING with blown insulation.
The project is still under warranty.
I'm sure the contractor will say just run the stuff through the washing
machine, but I don't believe I'll ever get all that insulation totally out
Luckily the door was closed so the damage is confined to one room.
Any thoughts or advice anyone?
Hose everything off outside, soak and hand ring. Longest wash you have,
double rinse or wash everything twice to thrice. Do not mix with undies or
any other clothes. Eventually it will come out.
Are you sure it was fiberglass?
I'm not going to comment on liability issues but you probably have some
coverage under homeowners. Consider calling a professional service such as
Servicemaster. They are likely to have more experience than the average
homeowner or contractor. Your insurance company may also contract with
Well every time that I have to work in our attic, it frequently involves
crawling through about 35 feet of fiberglass batts that have become shredded
and blown-in fiberglass insulation. It gets ground into the socks, legs and
arms of my clothing. My wife washes it with a pre-wash, double wash and
double rinse. It gets it all out so that they are ready to wear again. Don't
wash with other clothes. I don't see a problem with your items as it just
fell on the clothing and was not ground into them.
DON'T call your insurance company -- this isn't your liability! The
contractor's insurance company (or the contractor) needs to pay.
Insurance companies are getting much more picky about claims these days.
You may have your rates raised or be canceled for just a claim or two. 5
years ago my brother was cancelled for 2 claims in 3-4 years (a hail-damaged
roof and a break-in). I hear they're even more picky these days.
Have the contractor's insurance company talk to you about the clean up
process and see if they'll recommend a clean up company. The contractor is
crazy if he thinks you should be doing any clean up. If the insurer won't
recommend anyone look in the phonebook for companies that deal with water
damage or fire damage recovery. You may wish to involve your home owner
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