As a contractor, it’s almost a certainty during a renovation that you’ll have to decide what to do with a customer’s existing insulation. At Insta-Insulation, we believe that insulation removal is a case-by-case decision, though we almost always recommend removing the existing insulation before installing new insulation in order to get the best results.
Insulation removal ensures that new insulation can be installed without having to worry about cracks, leaks, or even hazards in the existing insulation. In our experience, we have found that installing new insulation after the existing insulation has been removed provides for increased energy efficiency, and overall better performance.
Can I remove the insulation myself?
One of the most common questions we get regarding insulation removal is whether or not using an insulation contractor is necessary for removing the existing insulation on a work site. In short, the answer is yes. Proper insulation removal requires specialized equipment to do the job right. Furthermore, there is always the chance that the existing insulation is asbestos-laden vermiculite or contaminated with mold or vermin droppings.
Insta-Insulation’s professional staff has the expertise and years of experience to ensure that the existing insulation on your job site is removed efficiently and effectively. That’s why we’re the preferred insulation contractors of Mike Holmes of Holmes Inspection, and Bryan Baeumler of Leave It to Bryan.
When should old insulation be removed?
During any renovation project, there are a number of different reasons why you might opt to remove the existing insulation. They include:
Structural or electrical work: If your renovation involves adding cathedral ceilings, or requires adding or re-doing electrical wiring in the attic, then insulation removal must be done. Once the insulation is removed, and the renovation project is finished, new insulation should be installed to tighten the home and improve its energy efficiency.
Mold Removal: In cases where a renovation leads to the discovery of mold in the existing insulation, the removal of that insulation is necessary to ensure the health and safety of those living or working in the home or building.
Smoke Damage: If the building or home being renovated was damaged due to smoke or fire, then insulation removal is absolutely essential to rid the home or building of the scent of smoke.
Vermiculite / Asbestos: Depending on when the building or home was built, it’s highly possible that vermiculite insulation was used. If that’s the case, the vermiculite may be composed of cancer-causing asbestos fibers, which poses serious health risks. Trying to remove vermiculite insulation yourself could cause the asbestos fibers to be released into the air, which could put you, your staff, and those living or working in the building into harm’s way.
Infestation: Just as with mold, renovations can lead to the discovery of vermin nests in the existing insulation. In such a case, insulation removal is necessary to prevent any potential health risks, and to ensure that there aren’t more animal nests hidden within the insulation. Once the old insulation is removed, new insulation should be installed to tighten the home or building, and keep the vermin at bay.
We’re proud to be Ontario’s insulation removal experts
Whether you’re performing a structural renovation, running new electrical wires in the attic, or you’ve encountered mold, vermin, or possible asbestos-laden vermiculite during a renovation project, call the insulation removal pros at Insta-Insulation for a free inspection and removal quote. We’ll properly remove the insulation for you so you can focus on the project at hand.