How do I know if my Austin area insulation should be removed?
If your attic is full of insulation damaged by mold, fire, water, rodents or is just plain nasty, then you may need your insulation removed. Plus, if you are planning to have spray foam installed on your roof decking, then insulation removal may be a pre-requisite to achieve the best results.
Can I just install new insulation over my old insulation?
In some cases, this is perfectly fine. However, there are certain situations where you will want a fresh start. Besides mold, fire, water or rodent damaged insulation you must be careful of asbestos. Vermiculite insulation is likely to have asbestos in it, and if it does, you will need it professionally removed.
Why should I have my attic, crawl space, or wall insulation removed?
When insulation is damaged, it looses its effectiveness at blocking heat transfer and air sealing.That can lead to energy bills that are much higher than they should be. Plus, with dirty insulation you may be breathing contaminated air which is unhealthy for all occupants. If you are experiencing either of these situations, you will want to have your insulation inspected. Then hire a professional who can safely and efficiently remove the affected attic insulation without disturbing other areas of your home or building.
How do you remove blown-in attic insulation?
Stellrr uses an industrial sucker. It is like a mini jet engine. Actually, it is just a huge vacuum. We bring a 4-inch tube into the attic and suck the insulation out of the house, to our vacuum, and into a container. Our super safety process minimizes airborne dust, allergens, carcinogens, asbestos, pesticides, and mold from entering your living area.
How is batt insulation removed?
Batt insulation requires a different process that involves industrial sized bags being brought into the attic. The infected insulation is safely placed in the bags, sealed up, removed from the building, and placed in the dumpster. This method still requires professional level safety processes to avoid health hazards and contamination.
How to DIY insulation removal around Austin TX?
You can try either of the methods mentioned above. However, it is not necessarily a safe option because there are a number of health and safety problems that you could run into. You may not have the experience and safety equipment to properly handle these situations. For example, how should you handle pest and rodent infested insulation to avoid catching diseases from the fecal matter? What is the proper way to safely remove asbestos, and where must asbestos go once removed? What is the proper personal protective equipment for you to wear? How do you avoid damaging the ceiling or stepping through the ceiling? And much more.
How long does it take to remove attic insulation?
A professional can do 1,000 square feet in a few hours. However, without the right equipment, you may be working from sunrise to sunset in a very nasty environment. Plus the process may be more complicated when dealing with obstacles in the attic like wires, duct work, and a low roof pitch.
What happens to the insulation after it is removed?
Damaged attic, floor, or wall insulation cannot be reused and there are no recycling facilities in the Austin area for insulation. That means that the insulation is waste. The bad insulation will be placed in a dumpster and taken to the landfill for safe disposal. Or if there is asbestos, the insulation is taken to a hazardous waste processing facility.
How safe is it for people to occupy the building while insulation is removed?
In most cases, you can be in the building while insulation is removed. However, it may sound like a jet engine in your ear, so you may want to plan to be out of the building.
How much does it cost to have insulation removed?
Removal prices in the Austin Texas area range from $1.50 – $2.50 per square foot and have a minimum that must be met. The minimum for most Austin insulation companies is $1,000-$1,500. So if you are having insulation removed, and new insulation installed, then you will have no problem meeting the minimum. However, if you are just having it removed, then you may be paying more. Plus, in most cases a rolloff container will need to be rented for proper disposal and those cost about $500 each. So that is where most of the money goes.
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