Insulation Removal

insulation removalMany householders inquire about getting rid of the old attic insulation in their attic, this is hardly ever necessary. Really the only time we advise removing old insulation is when your insulation is water damaged, has been fire damaged, or has been infested with rodents.Nearly all homes have old or “existing” attic insulation already up in their attic. Normally we simply increase the amount of insulation in order to bring the attic up to an R-50 rating. The existing insulation could be dusty, filled with bits of debris and appear quite tatty, however it’s just old substance; it doesn’t contain asbestos fiber or include anything that wouldn’t be considered safe after fresh and new insulation is installed above it. Also, there’s absolutely no chemical interaction or even trouble with combining different insulation materials either. We actually will save you money by using your current insulation as a foundation and installing sufficient new insulation on top to bring the attic up to R-50 our recommended value.In the rare instances in which insulation removal is necessary, we manually remove the fiberglass batts and package them in bags which are carefully removed from your attic. When the attic has blown-in material, we utilize a large insulation vacuum to remove all the materials. The vacuum is normally outdoors which creates a “negative pressure” inside the attic so that air will be drawn up to the attic , this ensures a clean job with little to no debris entering the home.Vacuum-cleaning and insulation removal is an extremely labor-intense as well as time-consuming job. We typically require a full week’s notice to begin a job plus it could take 1-2 days to finish. We charge insulation removal by a cost per sq ft , why not call our offices to get a quote.Damaged Insulation Spot Removal The majority of our insulation removal is centered on pest infestation, and Better Insulation is extremely proud to say we have saved our customers lots of money over the years! Quite often home owners assume all the insulation has to be removed from the attic, however this is rarely true! More often than not, pests gather around the furnace or even a few other spots. Since there are usually only a few areas affected, we provide “Insulation Spot Removal”, which plain and simply means we get rid of the insulation and debris around the numerous spots where the pests were. There’s no need to remove 100% of the attic insulation when just 2% of your insulation is affected. You wouldn’t get rid of all your teeth simply because you have a few cavities? Absolutely not, you’d only remove the decay and most likely give your whole mouth a cleanup. That’s exactly what we do; we get rid of the infested areas and usually increase the amount of insulation to bring the whole attic up to R-50 value. Strangely enough, it’s often from a report of mice infestation that home owners learn they don’t have sufficient attic insulation to start with! Therefore we not only help them with the pest mess, and also to save money on their costly utility bills and keep the house significantly more comfortable in both summer and winter.One more point to note is that fiberglass insulation (rolled or blown) provides a welcome home for rodents and also insects. Through the years, we’ve only noticed rodents nesting and residing in fiberglass insulation. Whenever we clean the rodent mess and then install the cellulose insulation, alongside the improved thermal advantages, the pest resistant features of the cellulose ensures no further pest visitations. To find out more, see our area on cellulose.