Posted on: 25 June 2015Share
Older homes are infamous for not having adequate insulation overhead, and if they do, it is the loose fiber-fill insulation that settles and disintegrates over time. If the attic insulation that you have in your home is not sufficient, there is no doubt that your pocketbook will suffer the consequences in both the winter and summer. If you are the owner of an older home with this outdated form of insulation, there is no doubt that you should have it removed and replaced with new materials. However, this whole process is bound to bring about a few questions and concerns. Here are a few of the most common questions concerning attic insulation removal.
What will be used to remove the loose insulation?
While every insulation removal contractor will use different tools during the process, most will use a commercial-grade vacuum system that is designed for insulation removal. This powerful machine will pull in all of the small particles that would easily be an issue with a broom or other methods and boasts specifically designed air filters to prevent discharge of fiberglass particles.
Will walls and flooring have to be removed during the removal process?
One of the greatest things about loose-fill insulation is that it is lightweight, and therefore, is easy to vacuum up without removing entire sections of walls or flooring. In most cases, the contractor will only have to remove small sections of drywall or flooring in order to get to a large area of insulation. Additionally, extended hoses will be used to reach as far as possible into tight areas.
Is there risk of the fiberglass particles being released into the rest of the home during removal?
Because loose-fill fiberglass insulation has particles that can be airborne during removal, every precaution will be taken to protect the air quality inside of your home during removal. Plastic sheeting will be used to block entrances and openings that lead to the rest of the house and your HVAC system and ducts will be sealed shut temporarily. If your attic has ventilation fans in place, they will also need to be turned off or closed during the removal to cut down on air disturbance.
Making your home more efficient is all about insulation, especially in the attic. If you have questions concerning the insulation removal process that you need in your attic space, talk to a professional contractor for advice and information.