Attic Insulation Removal: The right way revealed
When things get old, you have to get new ones. This theory applies to your old attic insulation as well. Keeping old or outdated insulation is not wise as it can cause money loss on Energy Bills. So, when the time is right, remove old attic insulation and install new ones. Many other reasons are there to Remove Insulation. But, I am not explaining them here. Anyway, Insulation Removal is; well, I would just say “Messy.” As a house owner, if you are thinking of Insulation Removal, read this article. Well, I am not suggesting you do it yourself. It’s always wise to hire professionals to get this messy and risky job done.
Preparation: Preparation is the key for a safe Insulation Removal. You know well about Asbestos and how dangerous it is, right? So, it is vital to confirm Insulation contains no Asbestos. Anyway, if the insulation in your house is from the 30s, 40, or 50s, more likely it contains traces of Asbestos. Well, if you are unsure, never do Insulation Removal yourself. Get a testing kit from the local home improvement store, or contact an inspector. If it is not your lucky day; I mean, if it contains traces of Asbestos, no other choice, contact professionals.
Rodent Infestation and Mold: Toxic mold and rodent droppings are nightmares. So, if you notice any of these signs, call the professionals. Oh, I remember me once checking the Roof Insulation. Only then I saw the rodent graveyard full of droppings. If this is your story, contact professionals. I mean, Insulation Removal Professionals clean the area thoroughly prior new installation. If no asbestos, rodents, and mold; you can give a try. Cellulose Insulation and Blown-In Insulation are messy, but you can manage yourself, with safety precautions.
What you need for Insulation Removal: OK, you want to be a hero and, you have decided to Remove Insulation yourself. You need a vacuum so. Wait! It’s not the one you are using for car cleaning. You need a Large-Capacity-High-Powered shop vacuum, or an “HEPA-filter insulation removal equipment” for rent. Wear protective clothing, mask, and goggles when handling Blown-In Insulation. Skin irritations and respiratory problems are the side effects of not wearing protective clothing. Try to minimize the mess, or particles would go everywhere in the house.
Be clever: Some attic spaces are too confined. So, you can’t dance over there. Be clever and find a way to move the vacuum here and there. Sucking out Insulation in corners is another challenge. Once you sucked insulation in an area, use scrap wood pieces to create a safe working spot. Now comes a big headache. What are you going to do when the vacuum is full? Emptying the vacuum container would give you second thoughts on Insulation Removal. You need Heavy-Duty bin bags now. Don’t let insulation to fly everywhere. I mean, make sure to seal the disposing bags tightly.
Insulation Removal Disposing: Well, the dustman is not your friend in this case. Either you have to hire a skip or find a certified trash/recycling center. Regulations are there on disposing of fiberglass and cellulose insulation. You better know them. Well, if there’s a Fiberglass Insulation Manufacture nearby you can ask them. Some manufacturers recycle Fiberglass Insulation.
Summation: If you want to be a hero, you can try Insulation Removal yourself. However, it’s not easy as you think. Once started, you would have second thoughts on your decision. Given tips in this article cover key areas on Insulation Removal. If you are not a risk-taker, always call for professional help/advice/service.