Now you are probably wondering why you should remove worn and damaged insulation. The main reason would have to be this: When insulation gets too worn or damaged, they could cause a lot of risks for you and your family. Damaged insulation could get infected, making it dangerous to just let it stay there on your wall.
There are a lot of things that can damage insulation. First one is It’s exposure to constant leakage. Dampened insulation can be the cause of mold and mildew formation. This makes it risky because it can spread to other parts of your house. Damaged insulation can also become home to a lot of pests if you neglect to remove it. Rats, bats and other pests could easily penetrate worn and damaged insulation. Fire damage is also another factor to consider when removing insulation. All of these can increase the chance for diseases that could be bothersome for everyone.
Another reason to remove insulation is because of the dangers that your house wiring might cause. Faulty wiring can cause house fires and insulation is an efficient burning material.
There are some factors to consider when removing insulation. The method of removal usually depends on the filling material used in the insulation. There are lots of materials that are used in insulation. The most common is fiberglass because it is easier to dispose of when needed. All you need is an insulation removal vacuum and you’re all set.
Another factor to consider is your safety. Of course, when removing insulation, you would be exposed to all kinds of contaminants and allergens. Be sure to wear protective covering such as goggles, masks, aprons and gloves. If there is furniture nearby, make sure to relocate them to another room or cover them with a protective blanket to avoid exposure to the same contaminants and allergens.
Before conducting the removal, test the insulation for asbestos. Asbestos is very dangerous and continuous inhalation can cause great risks to your body especially your lungs. If ever your insulation is positive on asbestos, hire professional help because they can handle better than you.
Blown-in insulation is usually done by using an insulation removal vacuum. All you need to do is setup the vacuum at the area you want to remove and it will automatically start removing the insulation, transferring it inside a durable vacuum bag. If your insulation is the blanketed type, then you can manually remove it with your hands.