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Attic Insulation Removal: DIY vs. Hiring a Professional

Attic Insulation

Insulation can go bad for several reasons, whether it's due to pests or water damage. When that happens, you can suffer problems such as cold rooms, mould, and higher energy bills. The only way to correct these problems is to remove your insulation and replace it with a new one.

While you may have access to your attic, it's not always the best idea to perform insulation removal alone. There are many risks involved, and you could cause damage to areas like your ceiling. 

Here's why DIY insulation removal may not be the best option and why you should rely on a professional. 

DIY Insulation Removal

In many cases, it is possible to remove insulation on your own without professional help. Some insulation is only loosely placed, so it’s easy to remove.

However, there's always the risk of exposure to airborne particulates that can cause respiratory problems. Additionally, you may not know how to replace the insulation with a new one properly. 

Contamination Risk

Insulation removal can put you in contact with a variety of different airborne substances that can endanger your health.

First, there's asbestos. Older homes often have asbestos somewhere in their walls and attic spaces. You may inhale these particulates if you remove old insulation without a mask or proper containment. 

Second, mould spores may exist in your attic space due to a combination of condensation and higher temperatures. These are also dangerous to inhale. 

Finally, even the insulation you're removing may be harmful. Fibreglass can irritate your skin, and cause soreness in your nose and throat if inhaled. 

Benefits of Professional Insulation Removal

Utilizing a professional for insulation removal is your best option. They not only know how to safely handle the insulation but they also know how to dispose of it. You'll also save time and effort when you use them. 

Safe Removal

Relying on a professional means that you won't have to deal with inhaling asbestos or fibreglass particles. It also means you won't accidentally fall through your ceiling. 

However, make sure your expert has liability insurance so you aren't held responsible if they have an accident. 

Proper Disposal

An insulation removal professional should know how to dispose of your old insulation. Fibreglass and mineral wool can both be recycled, but not every waste facility is equipped to do so. 

Rely On Your Local Expert

Insulation removal is not as easy a task as it may seem to property owners. You have to take into account various factors such as your building's structural integrity, any potential pests you may have, and your own health. 

Foametix has extensive experience and specialized training in the professional insulation industry. Our services cover both residential and commercial buildings in Winnipeg, and our insulation is high-performance. With our help, you can be sure your insulation is removed correctly. 


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