- Inspect your insulation
Due to the different insulation present in the industry, identifying the type of insulation you have in your attic should be the first task on the list. Blown-in insulation is known to be containing different small particles such as fiber and foams, and other materials – and these particles are so tiny that they can conform to any space creating a tight seal in the attic.
2. Clear the area of the perimeter
After you inspect what insulation you have in your attic, the second best and safe thing to do is clear the area of all present contaminants for removal. However, look out for the following:
- Present rodents: Before removal, look out for the old insulation which, can be contaminated with rodents’ urine, feces, and pathogenic agents that can harm your health.
- Asbestos: If your present structure is older, it may contain asbestos insulation. So, do not remove any insulation unless you are positive that there is no asbestos present. If unsure, you can purchase a testing kit available to test asbestos. The samples of the insulation can are needed to be dispatch to a lab for testing. Furthermore, if asbestos is still present, hire an HVAC professional to handle the situation.
- Molds: Touching or inhaling mold spores can cause allergic reactions such as congestion, eye irritation, and runny nose. So it is necessary to remove it firsthand before health complications arise.
3. Removal of old insulation
Once there are no rodents, asbestos, and molds present, it is usually safe to proceed with the attic insulation removal. Typically, some insulations are simple to remove than others – blown-in fiberglass and cellulose insulation. However, the removal of batting and rolls is laborious but obtainable.
Here is the checklist of things for you when removing attic blown-in insulation:
- Gather the right equipment and protective clothing: It is best to have protective gear when removing insulation, including goggles, gloves, pants, long sleeves, and a respirator to avoid possible danger – and of course, you do not want to inhale any old insulation. And it is advisable to have a specialized HEPA-filter rated, large capacity, and high-powered vacuum.
- In case of disposing of the old insulation, it is essential to have plenty of garbage bags. Use sealable, large, and heavy-duty bags because you do not want the insulation to get loose around the house.
- Protect your home space by ensuring that all doors and other openings are closed. You can use large rolls of plastic sheeting to seal off those areas.
- Create a sturdy workspace. Blown-in insulations are found in older structures, so the floor is not always safe. If possible, use a few pieces of wooden planks to reinforce a mobile safe spot to work.
- Be cautious at all times. A simple slip of the hand or foot can require unexpected drywall repairs – or worst, possible danger.
- Always remember to dispose of insulation responsibly – find certified waste management or recycling facility.
4. Get the help of a professional
Attic insulation removal might seem to be a simple and easy task at first. However, it is not necessarily an effortless job for anyone and can pose several complications if not done efficiently. So, don’t be afraid to ask out for professional help.