The removal of attic insulation is both messy and time-consuming, but when confronted with a situation where the attic insulation is deteriorating, removal may not be an option. Rodent insulation or water damage, for example, may necessitate insulation removal. If you are planning on replacing insulation, you need to make sure that you get rid of all old insulation. You cannot install new materials on top of the old ones.
Attic insulation removal requires thorough preparation. You should first ensure that the attic insulation does not contain traces of asbestos. Do not start the removal process until you are 100 percent sure that the material you are working with is asbestos-free. You can purchase a testing kit at any home improvement store. Another option is to hire a professional inspector who can take a sample for lab analysis. If traces of asbestos are found, you need to hire experts to remove the insulation and properly dispose of it. You will also need to hire a professional if there is mold or rodent infestation in the insulation. Mold could be toxic while rodent droppings can contaminate the insulation.
If your attic has blown-in insulation, the professional will use a large capacity or high-powered vacuum to do the cleanup. You can rent HEPA-filter insulation removal machines from insulation companies and try to do the job yourself, but remember that this could be hazardous. Airborne insulation particles could harm those who come in contact with them. In addition, removing blown-in insulation is a very messy job. Finally, having a small, tight attic space could be problematic because it will be difficult to fit the insulation removal vacuum inside.
If you remove insulation yourself, remember to empty the insulation removal vacuum into heavy-duty bags and seal them. Then find a trash center that is certified to handle this type of waste.