Yet, that is the Rub when the threat is from an equivocator who used ambiguous language to deceive you. You can't take any action if you never learn the truth about the lie told to you. Nonetheless, year after year the lie costs you more and more money. That is the situation when attic insulation is done incorrectly. At times, the errors with attic insulation made by professional contractors, handymen, or fly-by-night individuals, is almost an epidemic.
Below is just another TRUE story that proves we must always live by the adage: Buyer Beware
I was contacted by an attorney for a couple looking to buy a house. Their engineer's report came back stating that the insulation in the attic was installed upside down. The foil Vapor Barrier had to be on the floor of the attic or in other words, at the bottom of the insulation. When the Vapor Barrier is on the top of the insulation, moisture will be trapped in the insulation, thus sacrificing the integrity of the product. Mold and mildew can accumulate to the point that after so many years, the insulation has to be removed and replaced.
The couple's lawyer, who is familiar with my work, queried me on the response he was given by the current home owner's representative. Our conversation went like this:
"So Bill, he told me that the insulation was installed correctly and to code at the time the work was done so many years ago. I replied by saying, that I never heard of the Vapor Barrier being approved in a different position no matter what year it was installed."
"You are 100% correct," I answered. "They are telling you a lie, hoping that you would accept what they are saying and that you would take no more action."
Many times we find it hard to believe what kind of world we live in. Rest assured, this world is still God's Green Earth.
Bill Lauto, at Going True Green
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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