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Insulation Removal Austin

Does your insulation look dirty, uneven, compacted? Do you have high energy bills?  How much pest poop is hiding in your attic? Are you irritated by uncomfortable rooms?  Is your home making you sick? 

Stellrr can transform your home into a comfortable, energy-efficient, and healthy place for your family to enjoy life! The first step is to…

Changing Lives, Cleansing Homes

Uncover the Hidden Problems Impacting Your $$$ and Health

Is your home more than 10 years old?  Aging insulation loses its effective R-value when it gets dirty, moved around, or compressed. Fiberglass or cellulose insulation over 10 years old is likely only 20-40% of today’s R-49 code minimum.

Ignoring attic insulation problems is a costly mistake. Sub-par attics require more expensive: HVAC units, pest control, replacement windows, solar panels, and much more! Check this out…

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Is it worth getting these upgrades?  It is when you know Stellrr backs our solutions with our Smart Money Guarantee.  What does that mean?  It means you will save the amount the Energy Efficiency upgrades cost in less than ten years, OR WE REFUND YOU THE DIFFERENCE!  That is Stellrr’s Smart Money Guarantee.

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Control Your Home's Air Quality with Stellrr's Space Age Cleanse

Discover the truth about what is going on in your attic. You will be surprised by how many house problems are impacted by Stellrr’s solutions. 

Unlike the “other guys,” we don’t believe in Putting Lipstick on a Pig! We believe in fixing it right to last a lifetime.  Watch Shawn’s video training on the 10-Insulation Secrets Contractors Don’t Want You to Know!  Find out…

Stellrr's Process Works

Your Ideal Removal In 3 Easy Steps

Stellrr’s founder Shawn and his team want to give you the best experience possible. If you’ve seen an episode of HGTV, you know that retrofit construction on a home isn’t pain-free. We’ve optimized our process to put your mind at ease while we work toward the end result. Here’s how we do it:

1. Diagnostic Consult & Project Estimate

2. Stellrr Preforms Your Space Age Cleanse

3. Celebrate Your Transformed Home

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Insulation Removal Austin Project Pricing

Stellrr guarantees our price is the lowest available for the work specified. If you find a lower price for the same work package before our installation, we will do our best to match it. Apples to Apples. We stand by every aspect of our work, including the price.  That is Stellrr’s Price Assurance Guarantee!

Space Age Cleanse - $9k

3 - 4 day process. Includes 1,000 sq ft attic. You have a more complex attic requiring several solutions. Full vacuum removal, address knee walls, bath fan ducting, sanitizing, fire ignition barrier coating, HVAC combustion air room, R-25+ open cell spray foam, SaniDry dehumidifier...

Dr. Energy Saver - $6k

2 - 3 day process. Includes 1,000 sq ft attic. Easy attic. Remove old insulation, full air seal, and blow R-60 pest-stop cellulose. NO knee walls, chases, air-duct encapsulation, or major complications. You can expect good results, however, the ductwork is not brought into a semi-conditioned environment.

Removal Only - $2k

1 - 2 day process. Includes 1,000 sq ft attic. You only want the old insulation removed. You are not ready to hire Stellrr (or another company) to install new insulation. This is for standard, uncompacted, debris free insulation. There is no sterilization or sanitizing. This solution removes existing allergens and has a net positive impact on IAQ.

*Prices are averages and will vary depending on the size of your attic or crawlspace, the pitch of your roof, how difficult the space is to work and the exact upgrades needed to achieve your goals. You will receive an exact quote for your unique attic during the in-home diagnostic consultation.

The real key to making new insulation work is to address all 3 types of heat: radiant, convective, and conductive. This helps you address The Stack Effect, which is the building science explanation of how it all works. 

The problem with most insulation removal jobs is that the new insulation only addresses conductive heat, which is possibly the least important part of the 3 types of heat. Conductive heat is blown or batt insulation itself. 

To be effective, you must first address convective heat, which involves air sealing a ton of places. And preferably addressing all three types of heat by converting to a spray foam encapsulated building envelope. 

You’ll learn all about this in my complimentary video series on the 10 Insulation Secrets you must know. Call us for an appointment and you’ll get access.

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On The Job Videos

Get a sneak peak at what we do on a project and why we do it. These short videos are fun and entertaining. 

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Stellrr's Before & After Insulation Removal Austin

Get to know Stellrr and our work with these close up shots of what we do. By now you’ve heard us say there are 93 different Problem Building Assemblies we fix in an attic. Here is a better look at a few of Stellrr’s solutions.

While anyone can do old insulation removal for you, almost nobody can put the proper building assembly solutions together for you – except Stellrr. As you will learn in your Inspection and Estimate appointment, there is a lot to making each piece of the puzzle work right together. 

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Meet Our Team - We're Like a Family

Most of our team comes to us from employee referrals, which to us is the best type of hire. It means that we have a good culture where employees want their friends or acquaintances to work. And we have never incentivized our team to refer, so that speaks even louder to the value of our team. Yep, especially since we do dirty work like insulation removal and disposal. We love our team.

As we grow, we do have some people who just don’t fit the Stellrr standards, and they pursue excellence elsewhere. But many new hires enjoy the benefits we offer, unlike our competitors. Our team is made up of W2 employees, not subcontractors. We provide complete health, dental, and vision insurance—full 401k retirement plans with matching. We have a pretty cool campus for the team to enjoy. Our team deserves it because what we do is no easy task. Check out our hiring and benefits.

Reviews

What Clients Are Saying

Jeff M.
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Earlier this year, my wife and I hired Stellrr to remove all the spray-in [loose fill fiberglass] insulation from our attic and come back in with deck foam spray. Our goal was to resolve an issue with condensation that formed on the 1959 metal ductwork which pooled and created leaks in our ceiling. Our attic is now approximately 10 degrees warmer than the interior of the home.  It's now summer with temps hitting 100 degrees in central Texas and we could not be happier.
Susan H
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After getting multiple bids with a huge disparity in quotes I opted to hire Stellrr and am very happy I did! Both Wayne and Shawn were very helpful and informative in choosing the best option for my attic space as well as providing great customer service!
Kellie G.
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We highly recommend family owned Stellrr Insulation. They covered [and air sealed] our can/ recessed lights added additional spray foam insulation for us and sealed up our home to save us $$ and keep it cooler and warmer. We were so impressed with their professionalism and their follow up. NO harmful chemicals. We got immediate callbacks and personal meetings. Shawn, Wayne, Shelly & Violet took great care of our family.
Jeff C.
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The Stellrr team did a stellar job with the install spray foam insulation in our attic. I had measured temperatures on the attic side of the metal roof to be over 130 degrees! I just checked again, and now it's 75 degrees without air conditioning it! All of my questions were answered in detail and the job went without a hitch. The temperature in the house is much more stable because of the air barrier. The HVAC comes on much less frequently...
David P.
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The estimating process was transparent and efficient; the pricing fair (you are paying for excellence); customer service as friendly as could be (Stellrr even brought me back lunch on the first day); and the workmanship first rate, with a rare level of conscientiousness and attention to detail. Great friendly crew. Seriously, don't spend time shopping around: just select Stellrr .
Chris H
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Stellrr did an amazing job on insulating my completely gutted "A" Frame [cathedral ceiling] house. I had some special requests and they didn't complain, the just foamed it up. After the remodel the electricity bills are 1/2 of what they used to be. Also it is so quiet, I can't even hear it raining on the roof [because of the spray foam encapsulated attic and roof spray foam insulation in Austin]. The temperature stays very steady and the whole house is always comfortable.
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About Us

Meet the Founder & Author

Shawn Mansur shares his mission, vision and what he believes about fixing homes around Austin. If you are serious about getting results on your attic project, don’t miss this video!

Stellrr is a local Austin-founded and owned company. We are not a franchise sending money off to people outside our community. We re-invest back into our community. Building a stronger Austin. 

Don’t forget to ask for Shawn’s new paperback book when you meet with your technician. It’s called “From Pink Panther to Space Age Cleanse”

FAQ

Commonly Asked Insulation Removal Questions

According to statistics from EPA's Energy Star Association, energy bills can be cut by 30-50% with a properly sealed building envelope versus a vented one. The initial cost of the spray insulation should be seen as an investment as it will pay for itself over time. Sealing air leaks at the top of the building (the attic) is way more important than addressing the exterior walls. Check out my content on The Stack Effect. 

Absolutely! The biggest expense when converting an attic would be to install closed cell foam instead of open cell foam. In northern climate zones closed cell is required. However, in central Texas open cell is the primary foam. Using open cell drops the cost of foam by 1/2.   Other than this item, what we include in our proposals is what is required to do the job right. And it is best to do it right, or not do it at all. 

The price depends on the size of the attic, scope of work required to do it right, and the difficulty of the work. We have fixed pricing and do not charge more for nicer parts of town. Everyone gets the same rate. With that said, you can see the 3 main project types pricing above. 

Stellrr uses an industrial sucker. It is like a mini jet engine. Actually, it is just a huge 23HP 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. Yes, your attic insulation can harbor mold seeping into and damaging your home's indoor air quality.

We use a proprietary Dumposaurus DinoCover to ensure that when we remove damaged insulation, it does not blow all over the neighborhood. Some companies blow the old insulation into large cotton bags. (Not the black plastic bags full of debris that cannot be vacuumed). The problem with vacuum bags is they tear easily and fill up quickly. This can result in insulation blowing all over the neighborhood. Not great work results. It also greatly slows the removal process because the vacuum bags have to be changed every 20 minutes. I do make the Dumposaurus DinoCover available to competitor Insulation Contractors.

Insulation is like a giant air filter for your house. Each year it collects pollen, dust, and other allergens. The allergens change the color of the insulation.

 

Building science concept called "The Stack Effect" shows that those contaminants will make their way into your home, breathing air during the warm months.

 

Many people start considering attic insulation removal in Austin when it is mold, fire, water, or rodent damage. Also, fiberglass insulation is filled with carcinogens like formaldehyde. I recommend learning about removing damaged insulation from the attic space. Then replacing it with clean, healthy, air sealed new insulation materials.

Now it is time to fix the "Problem Building Assembly" with the prescribed solutions. Get your attic insulated again. In Attics, we install high performance insulation with All Boric Cellulose Insulation, or convert to a Spray Foam Encapsulation.

Every year allergens enter your home's attic through roof vents, gable vents, soffit vents. In comes the mold, allergens, cedar pollen and other nasty stuff. Plus if you ever had rodents, pest, mice or insections live in your attic, you have their feces and urine remaining in your attic.

 

When you understand The Stack Effect, you know that nasty stuff and other contaminants are coming into your indoor breathing air.  

The cost of attic decontamination will vary depending on the severity of the contamination. For example, cleaning up after raccoons may be more extensive. If the urine has penetrated into the ceiling drywall, the odor may be very hard to remove without replacing the drywall.

 

However, sterilizing and sanitizing an attic within Austin usually starts at $0.50 per sq ft of attic for fecal and urine. If there is mold or other fungal growth, you are looking at a minimum of $2 per sq ft for treatment.

The market is flooded with companies trying to help uneducated homeowners with their attic insulation replacement & restoration.

Often times, the work that these contractors do does more harm than good. It is unintentional harm, but these contractors (Insulation, Pest Control, HVAC, Restoration) just don’t know any better.

 

Most contractors focus on vacuuming out the contaminated insulation and replacing it with fiberglass. Allowing a contractor to simply re-install insulation without fixing the attic problems is a costly mistake.

 

You should hire a contractor who will remove the insulation, do attic cleanup and decontamination, then install the proper solutions (above) to fix the problems with your attic for home comfort & energy savings.

There are many reasons to have the insulation in your attic replaced or restored. Here are a few:

  • Pest & rodent infestation (rat, raccoon, squirrel, scorpion).
  • Mold & fungus grown in the house or attic.
  • Old allergen filled insulation.
  • Damaged, or insufficient insulation coverage in attic.
  • Uncomfortable rooms (removal required to air seal & replace).

Sure. You could. But each person who has tried DIYing it, has told us what a mistake it was. It is so hot in attics that it takes weeks for our men to acclimate to it. Plus you really need the right equipment. We use 23 horse power vacuums and blow it into large dumpsters. People who DIY have used shop vacs. The difference is 1,000 sq ft per day of removal versus 100 sq ft per day DIY.

A few questions to keep in mind: 

  1. How to handle pest and rodent infested insulation to avoid fecal matter diseases?
  2. What is the proper way to safely remove asbestos, and where must asbestos go once removed?
  3. What is the proper personal protective equipment for you to wear?
  4. How do you avoid damaging the ceiling or stepping through the ceiling?

Stellrr accepts payment via cash, card, check, and easy financing. On our financing you can pay a low monthly payment or get the loan and pay no interest. Your Solutions Specialist can review the options with you in person.

The good news is that what we do will pay for itself in time. Unlike most other home repairs. We do have a Smart Money Guarantee. It states that you will save the cost to retrofit your home within 10 years, or we will REFUND YOU THE DIFFERENCE. For more details, check out the Cost of Not Hiring Stellrr FAQ page. 

Batt insulation requires a different process that involves 55g plastic contractor bags being brought into the attic. The infected insulation is safely placed in the bags, sealed up, and remove insulation from the building. It is placed in the dumpster when the vacuum is turned off. This method still requires professional level safety processes to avoid health hazards and contamination.

Do you want to amplify the amount of allergens, rodent poo, and chemicals coming into your indoor air? Old insulation removal is essential to creating a clean, healthy, safe living space inside. You cannot air-seal an attic without removing insulation.

 

Are you selling your home, and just want to top it off? Frankly, covering up the problem is not the right thing to do.

 

When you have damaged insulation, it looses its effectiveness at blocking heat transfer and air sealing. Adding insulation on top of the old is like "Putting Lipstick on a Pig." It may look better, but it will not fix comfort or energy savings issues. Check out the video to see why.

 

A professional can do 1,000 square feet in a few hours. At Stellrr, we have 2 vacuums at 23HP each, with the capability of having 3-4 workers vacuuming at the same time. The insulation upgrade process takes longer with attic debris and fecal matter. Debris in the attic makes the job harder. It clogs hoses, punctures hoses, and can result hose replacement. Doing an excellent job at removal is much slower than new insulation installs. But just remember in Austin TX it gets 150 degrees in the attic, which is deadly. So if old fiberglass insulation removal doesn't go perfectly as planned on the timeline, don't be surprised.

Insulation removal prices in the Austin Texas area range from $2,300 to $3,500 per 1,000 sq ft of crawlspace or attic insulation removal. So if you have insulation removed and new insulation installed, then you will have no problem meeting the minimum. These home services of old or damaged insulation removal will pay for itself with savings on your energy bills with proper new insulation installation. A rolloff container will need to be rented for proper disposal of old and ineffective insulation. Those cost about $500 each. Here is an article I wrote on, the cost of insulation work near Austin and why it is rising.

I’m often asked how to do attic cleanup and decontamination. The process is straightforward. Here is the general cleanup and decontamination process:

 

  1. Get the raccoons or rats out of your attic.
  2. Seal up entry points.
  3. Remove the breeding grounds and insulation.
  4. Decontaminate using fog sterilization and deodorizer.
  5. Fix the home comfort and energy savings problems.
  6. Install pest and fungal-resistant insulation.

Whether or not your homeowner’s insurance will cover attic restoration will depend on the specific policy of your insurance company. It will also depend on what type of damage was done. For example, if you had fire or water damage, you have a good chance of them chipping in to do minimal repairs. But with animal infestation cleanup from wildlife damage, you are not likely to get help.

 

The best bet is to get your insurance agent on the phone to explain coverage with your insurance policy.

The cost to replace attic insulation and restore it in Austin TX will depend on the square footage of the attic, difficulty of access for removal, amount of stuff (feces, mold, debris) in the insulation, and thickness of insulation to remove.

 

In Austin TX, we see insulation removal prices starting at $2.35 per sq ft with a $1,500 removal minimum. This would include the cost of a dumpster for hauling away and disposing of the contaminated insulation.

 

After the removal is done, you then have to look at the cost to fix the attic and re-install insulation properly. The cost to fix the attic ranges depending on what you need to have done.

 

Here are a few solutions that are frequently needed:

 

  • Sterilization & sanitation
  • Recessed light covers
  • Air sealing top plates & penetrations
  • Multi-level attic rigid insulation
  • Vent bathroom fans outside
  • Encapsulate ductwork
  • Gas exhaust pipe fireproofing
  • Fireplace fireproofing
  • Spray foam roof option
  • Install pest resistant insulation (not fiberglass)
  • Install fungal growth resistant insulation (not fiberglass)
  • Install the Energy Star level of insulation
  • Block pest entry points
  • Install insulated walkways
  • Install insulated storage deck
  • Install insulation dams
  • Install insulated, air sealed attic hatch cover
Locations

An Office Where You Can Meet Us in Person

SERVICE AREA: Stellrr offices are in South Austin, but we have a wide service area. We regularly take on projects from Taylor to Bastrop to Canyon Lake to Fredericksburg to Marble Falls. So if you are within 60 miles of Austin, we can help you out. There is hope if you are outside the area. We will travel for the right project. Let’s talk about it. 

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