Why Hire a Professional for Insulation Removal

If you have some old or damaged insulation that you’d like to remove and replace, it might be tempting to do that job on your own. However, there are some very good reasons why you should consider using a professional for insulation removal and replacement.

Removing old insulation can be a big problem without the right tools and understanding of potential risks. By using professional insulation companies like Attic Construction, you’ll be sure to protect the health of yourself and your family and avoid any costly problems down the road. Let’s take a look at why professional insulation removal is so important for homeowners.

Ease

Simply put, hiring a professional to remove your existing insulation will make your life easier. A professional insulation removal service will have the right tools for the job, which makes the removal of all types of installed insulation easier. This includes batting or roll insulation, blown-in insulation, and spray foam insulation, all of which present unique challenges.

Removing insulation without the right equipment can result in a big mess throughout the rest of your house. While batting or rolled insulation can be rolled up, it does pose a problem if it is inhaled or gets on your skin. Blown-in insulation is removed with the use of a large industrial vacuum, so you’ll definitely want a professional to remove it.

Safety

The fact is, removing the insulation materials in your attic is a challenge that not everyone is equipped to handle. Navigating your attic can be challenging, as you’ll need to crawl or stand on joists to avoid damaging the ceiling. Attics are often tight, dimly lit, and fairly difficult to access with limited crawl space. They can also get very hot, which can lead to heat-related conditions if you aren’t careful. Add all of this up and you get a recipe for a difficult job that is better left to professionals who are equipped to deal with it.

Contamination

Over time insulation serves as an ideal home for rodents. Dealing with a rodent infestation in your attic requires special considerations that the professionals at Attic Construction are equipped to handle. Rodent waste and feces can carry harmful viruses, such as Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, salmonellosis, tularemia, and even the plague. 

The Center for Disease Control outlines specific recommendations for cleaning up after a rodent infestation due to the risk that droppings, mold and mildew, urine, and nests can pose to humans. One must be especially careful about removing contaminated insulation to avoid spreading contaminants, and doing so will require the use of protective equipment. 

As a best practice, if you are dealing with a rodent infestation you should use the services of a professional insulation removal provider. Not only can they safely remove contaminated insulation, but they can also rodent-proof your attic to ensure that no subsequent infestations occur.

Proper Disposal

An overlooked aspect of old insulation removal is the disposal process. Professional insulation removal companies take precautions to ensure that all insulation removed from a home is disposed of properly and the right solutions are taken into account. Fiberglass insulation can’t be thrown away in your garbage can. 

To remove the insulation yourself, you’ll need to contact your local waste management company and get some guidance on their building-materials disposal policy. If disposed of improperly, fiberglass insulation can leech into the ground and pose a long-term problem.

Proper Preparation

At Attic Construction, we take the approach that ample preparation makes the insulation removal process go smoothly. One risk that comes with old insulation removal is the spreading of contaminants throughout a home. To minimize this risk we cover all surfaces leading to the entrance of your attic with thick, durable plastic sheeting to protect surfaces. Things that can be moved to a safe location are moved, and anything that can’t be moved is covered.

Taking these precautions before insulation is removed is a best practice that should always be followed. There are significant risks associated with moving old, contaminated insulation. Eliminating those risks requires the use of appropriate equipment and proper preparation of the work area. 

Final Thoughts

While the removal of old insulation may seem like a straightforward process, there are potential pitfalls that can have big consequences if they aren’t addressed. Professional insulation removal services like Attic Construction have the expertise and equipment that is necessary to avoid any problems with insulation removal.

The risk of contamination from a rodent infestation is particularly acute when removing old or contaminated insulation. Every precaution must be taken to ensure that any viruses or mold contained in contaminated insulation aren’t breathed in or spread to other surfaces. 

Disposal is also a key consideration for insulation removal. Old insulation can’t simply be thrown away. Professional insulation removal services ensure that all old insulation is properly removed, transported, and disposed of.

If you are looking for the best insulation removal in San Diego, look no further than the professionals at Attic Construction. With industry-leading knowledge, our staff can quickly and safely remove old insulation and prepare your attic for new insulation. To learn more about attic insulation removal services or to schedule an inspection, please contact Attic Construction today.

Sources:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/rodents/cleaning/index.html
  2. https://www.hunker.com/13401157/how-to-dispose-of-fiberglass-insulation
  3. https://homeguides.sfgate.com/remove-attic-insulation-38074.html

 

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