Insulating Over a Basment
I am removing insulation from underneath my kitchen floor to get to wiring, plumbing etc during a kitchen make-over. I have a full basement under the kitchen. The insulation is full of mouse droppings and they seem to be using this as a runway and nesting area (my house in in the woods). I don’t understand the need for the insulation and am not planning to reinstall new. Is this OK?
If your basement is heated, then the insulation in the floor just helps you keep the heating zones isolated, and provides minimal sound proofing from the hammering of mouse feet. If the basement is not heated, then it will be, at least partially, if you choose not to replace the existing insulation. Sounds like you were due for an upgrade anyway.
Redford...I have a propane furnace in the basement with a couple of ducts that keeps things kinda warm...but nobody is living down there..save for the hammering mice (that was funny). I assumed whatever heat was generated in the basement would migrate up through the floor to help heat the upstairs..providing there was no insulation to keep it out.
Thanks for your reply...