Top Tips for Attic Insulation Removal
Attic Insulation Removal is a common task that you would have to do sooner or later. While many reasons are there to remove old Insulation, the most common reasons are; high energy bills, house refurbishing, and rodent and pest infestation. Well, if you are planning to buy a new house, it’s always better to get an inspector to check the status of Insulation. While it’s always recommended hiring professionals to handle Insulation, some homeowners tend to do it themselves. So, If you fall in this category, many precautions are there to consider before Insulation Removal. OK, just imagine you are buying a new house; it’s the responsibility of the first homeowner to instruct you regarding the type of Insulation and whether Insulation Removal is required. Below are some useful tips for you to understand what is Insulation Removal.
* Certain types of insulation to pay attention: Old days Insulation is too dangerous to handle yourself. I mean, this Insulation may have traces of Asbestos. I am sure you have heard about the carcinogenic nature of Asbestos. Many governments, including Australian, regulate removing these types of Insulation. Well, the important thing to consider is determining whether your house’s Insulation has traces of Asbestos in it. While inspecting kits are there to determine, it’s always better leaving it to the professionals if you are not 100% sure. If your house is old, from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, it’s safe to assume that insulation has traces of Asbestos in it. If the inspector confirms the Asbestos presence, Leave Insulation Removal to the professionals. Please don’t do it yourself, even with protective clothing. Trying to remove yourself not only puts your life at risk, your family’s and neighbors too.
* Traditional fiberglass insulation: This type comes as rolls, loose, or blown-in clumps. Fiberglass Insulation is free from Asbestos, so a house owner can remove himself, wearing protective clothing. Long pants, long-sleeve shirts with collars, gloves, boots, face masks, and goggles would minimize exposure to fiberglass particles. Wait! If you have any health conditions such as asthma and allergic reactions, you better get professionals for Insulation Removal. Fiberglass particles are irritants, so can cause allergic reactions and coughing.
Fiberglass Insulation that comes as rolls can simply go into large trash bags, rolled up. Well, you can compress the rolls and make a ball, so multiple pieces can go into one bag.
No matter the type, Insulation Removal should carry out while you keep the attic door shut. Again, another risk is there to consider. Roof cavity is a confined space, so working in there for a long time could be dangerous under extreme cold and heat. And, which is why I always recommend hiring professionals for Insulation Removal, no matter the insulation type. If the Insulation is covered with rodent droppings and carcasses, you better leave it to the professionals.
Blown-in types: Well, this job is messier than roll-type Insulation Removal. You need a heavy-duty vacuum to suck out blown-in insulation. Wearing protective clothing is important. Well, you don’t buy an industrial vacuum; go to a place where you can get it for rent. If you consider hiring vacuum and emptying the vacuum canister as hassles, then hire professionals.
Summation: Insulation Removal is a risky job, but if you do it right; you can do it safely. If your house is old, get an inspector to check for any traces of Asbestos. Fiberglass Roll-type Insulation Removal is a straightforward job, but remember to wear protective clothing. Blown-in Insulation Removal needs a heavy-duty industrial vacuum. Disposing of Insulation is another thing to consider as the dustman and waste management services don’t collect insulation.