Tips For Removing And Replacing Your Old Insulation

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When it comes to dealing with a newly bought house or simply your forever family home, you might want to check up on your roofing insulation. After quite some time, your insulation will be in need of changing. But don’t worry, you can more than do it yourself. Our article features some tips for removing and replacing your old insulation.

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Since we’re talking about insulation, there are actually different types of materials used and before you can replace yours you need to find out what type your house contains. This is simply due to the fact that some materials used for insulation require a bit more caution when it comes to both removal and replacement. Some older homes could have been insulated with an asbestos insulation.

In order to remove anything that contains asbestos, it is better to call in the experts. Asbestos poses some serious health risks to anyone who comes in contact with it. So, it’s best to call in a professionals who are trained to deal with asbestos and they will test to see if your insulation is indeed this type, or you can contact the health department.

Some houses that were built with a lower roof or a low pitch, fiber insulation is commonly used; however, removing this type can be quite a daunting task, and many people opt for letting an expert deal with it. In order to remove this type of insulation, a huge vacuum specially designed for this task is used and the fibers are kept in a special system. If you do consider using a professional, they can charge an extra fee depending on how hard it is to access your roofing space. If you’re determined to try, you can use a normal unit with a long hose and give it a shot.

Another commonly used insulation is Batt insulation. If you need to replace this type, you can simply roll it up and throw them out in plastic bags designed for lawn. However, Batt insulation can contain some fiberglass, so, if you’re removing this type you will need to wear proper protective equipment. Appropriate wear can be that of goggles, gloves, respirator masks as well as a whole suit, because you certainly don’t want to be irritated and itching after all the hard work.

Now that you’ve removed your old insulation, you’re ready to replace it with new ones. Before you just go about adding new insulation, you need to make sure that your space has been properly cleared and cleaned. If you have any water tank or pipes within your roof space, be sure to secure them so that they don’t freeze and cause additional problems.

If your roofing space contains electrical wires, make sure that they are placed above your insulation. However, if your wires aren’t long enough, don’t stretch them to reach since they can become easily damaged. In this case, you should definitely call in an expert to aid with the situation. You should then measure your space to ensure that you have the correct amount of material for the job.

After you have purchased your new insulation, you can start rolling them out. However, if the material becomes too wide, you can simply cut with a scissors. After laying the first layer, create a second starting at a right angle to the first using double the material as the first.

As we conclude we have just looked at some great tips for removing and replacing your insulation. If you have any doubts, be sure to contact a professional. Remember, practice safety first!

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