How does the insulation in your attic and crawlspace look? Has it settled over the years? Does it appear wet or moldy? Have pests made themselves at home there? What about air leaks?
These are all signs that it may be time to remove old insulation and replace it with a new, more effective type of insulation. But before you put on a mask and gloves and climb up into your attic or crawlspace, there are a few things you should know about DIY insulation removal.
The Dangers of DIY Insulation Removal
When insulation becomes old, wet, or damaged, it loses its ability to protect your home from uncomfortable temperatures and energy loss throughout the year. This makes insulation removal a key step in the re-insulation process. You may be tempted to take care of this important task yourself, but remember: DIY insulation removal can be dangerous for your home and your health.
Disturbing insulation can stir up dust, mold, and other allergens, leading to allergy and asthma-like symptoms. Some older types of insulation may even contain asbestos, which has been linked to a number of lung diseases. Without the proper equipment at your disposal, you run the risk of spreading these harmful contaminants throughout your home. You might even harm yourself or your home in while removing insulation, if you don’t take measures to avoid stepping through the attic floor.
The Benefits of Hiring a Professional
Insulation specialists have the equipment and expertise necessary to remove insulation properly. When you hire a professional to remove the old and damaged insulation in your home:
You protect your home from unnecessary damage
Insulation is removed quickly, efficiently, and properly
Old insulation is disposed of safely
Harmful contaminants don’t spread in your home
You ready your home for air sealing and re-insulation
The Fifth Fuel Is Your Local Insulation Expert
Whether it’s time to remove wet insulation in your crawlspace, or you need to upgrade the insulation throughout your entire home, The Fifth Fuel is here to help. As insulation professionals serving Northern Virginia and DC, we have the tools and knowledge necessary to remove old insulation quickly and efficiently.
We use a large vacuum to ensure all insulation and any embedded contaminants are completely removed. Then, as necessary, we seal air leaks so air cannot travel freely into and out of your living spaces. This prepares your home properly so that new, high-efficiency fiberglass, cellulose, or spray foam insulation can be installed.