Attic Insulation Removal – Safety Tips

August 29th, 2012

Attic insulation removal is a part and parcel of major home remodelling projects. People may remove their attic insulation when it gets damaged or contaminated by rodents. Sometimes it is also done to improve the energy efficiency of a house and save on utility bills. However, removing your attic insulation isn’t an easy task at all and there are many safety precautions you need to practice before trying your hands at removing attic insulation. Identification Before trying to remove the attic insulation, you need to identify the kind of insulation you have in your house and then find out if that particular kind of insulation requires any special processes for removal. Some kinds of insulation require special equipments for removal. In general, you are advised to wear protective clothing, hats, gloves, goggles and may be masks to prevent insulation particles from entering your lungs through your nostrils. Removal of Carcinogenic Attic Insulation By now you may be well aware that attic insulation with asbestos in it may be carcinogenic by nature and you have to follow special government regulations while removing such an insulation. Local governmental regulations may require you to hire professional contractors who have the necessary equipments, qualifications and credentials to remove such dangerous attic insulation materials. These professional removers follow all the containment measures and use special equipments or handling procedures to remove such hazardous materials safely. Fibreglass Insulation Fibreglass particles or shards are so thin that they can enter and get lodged inside your lungs through your breath. This can irritate your lungs and cause you to cough. Fibreglass particles and shards can also irritate your skin and lead to rashes. So when you remove fibre glass attic insulation, you need to protect yourself with protective eye gear, face masks, gloves, boots, long pants, collars and long sleeved clothes. Loose Insulation Removal The best option for loose insulation removal is a specially designed vacuum cleaner that can suck up construction debris. Rent a vacuum like this with a high capacity from a local hardware or home improvement store or a rental agency. Fibreglass insulations rolls can be rolled up and stuffed inside big trash bags. Compress the rolls into tight balls so that you can fit many of these in a single trash bag. Take care while handling and disposing these materials. Disposal Before undertaking attic insulation removal, you need to make arrangements with a collection site where you can dispose your old insulation materials. Regular garbage collection services and majority of the waste management services do not process used insulation materials. So you need to transport these debris to a collection site and dispose those following local regulations. As you can see, attic insulation removal isn’t really as easy as it sounds and you may not be aware of all the governmental rules and regulations related to removal of certain hazardous attic insulation material. Unintended violation of any law or regulation may fetch a penalty. That is why, it is prudent to hire professional and reputed attic insulation removal services who can perform the job safely, following all the necessary rules.