Insulation Removal Services
Professional Insulation removal is something that we take very seriously. Our technicians have developed a safe, effective procedure for removing soiled insulation from attics or crawlspaces. Using commercial insulation removal equipment we are able to remove all of the insulation in an attic WITHOUT any of it traveling through the living space of the home. This ensures that none of the dust, debris or animal feces in the attic makes its way down into your house. This is the safest and most practical way to remove old insulation from an attic.
Insulation Removal Testimonial from a satified customer.
*Dragging old insulation through the living space of a house is NOT a safe method of removing insulation. Using this method will result in a house full of airborne fiberglass particles and any other contaminants that were in your attic.*
Why Insulation Removal?
There are three main reasons to have insulation removed from an attic:
- Over Insulation
- Damaged/Contaminated Insulation
- Upgrading Insulation
We often see attics that are strewn with animal feces from squirrel, raccoon, bat and mice infestations. In these cases the droppings and urine deposits often create strong odors and can be hazardous. Sometimes its a home improvement project that warrants removing and replacing the insulation in an attic. Other times it is something as simple as old blown insulation trickling out of cracks around light fixtures and attic doors.
An attic that is full of old, dusty, contaminated insulation is not only a potential health hazard to the home's occupants but it is also unusable. Who would want to store their belongings amongst filthy insulation, years of dust-mites and animal droppings? Reclaim your attic and turn it into useable space with our insulation removal and attic cleanout services.
The insulation of today is far superior to the insulation that was used only10-15 years ago. When you have the old, inadequate insulation in your attic removed and replaced with the proper amount of modern insulation you WILL see a noticeable reduction in your heating costs.
Why not just go over the old insulation with a new layer?
When you install a layer of brand new insulation directly over the top of old filthy insulation that is strewn with years worth of dust and animal droppings you are creating a "Bacterial Lasagna" in your attic. This can negatively effect the energy conservation and air quality of your home. It can also create moisture problems and in turn generate staining in drywall ceilings. Do you really want this situation in your home?
Below are two examples of how our insulation removal services were utilized by homeowners
Insulation Removal Services Case Study - Renovation Project
In January of 2008 we inspected a home for an insulation removal service and found a very common problem. The homeowner was in the middle of a large renovation project that involved gutting the walls and ceilings of the home. The problem was that the attic was over-insulated (with both cellulose and fiberglass insulation) and every time they would pull a piece of the ceiling down they would get covered in a shower of old, dirty blown insulation. It became apparent to the homeowner that all of the insulation would have to be removed from the attic before this project could continue.
This project presented us with a lot of difficult obstacles. First there was about twice the normal amount of insulation in this attic. On the floor was an old layer of fiberglass insulation and there was roughly about 10 inches of old, dusty cellulose (blown) insulation on top of that. Next was the maze of ducts and HVAC equipment that were jammed into this relatively small attic. These ducts are very difficult to work around. Add in 100 miles of old wiring, plywood flooring and even copper piping that all had to be pulled up and a dozen very tight areas and it all adds up to a very difficult job.
This insulation removal project took our crew 3 days to complete. Every bit of insulation was removed from this nightmare of an attic. The attic was then cleaned with several types of cleaning solutions. Finally we re-insulated the entire attic space with a heavy layer of fiberglass insulation. When the project was complete the homeowner was very happy and was able to move on with the renovation project.
Insulation Removal Case Study - Drastic Over-Insulation of Attic
A few months ago I inspected an attic in Worcester county and found the worst case of over-insulation that I have ever seen. This house had over 2 feet of insulation throughout the entire attic and over 3 feet in some areas! The homeowner had called us for two reasons. First they were getting a buildup of moisture on the bathroom ceiling due to the excessive insulation that was piled up over the bathroom. Secondly they were not able to use the attic for storage or anything else due to all the insulation. Can you imagine trying to run a wire or phone line through this mess? I literally had to "wade" through the insulation to move around.
The goal was simple- remove all of the existing insulation and replace it with the proper amount of new cellulose insulation. About an hour into this job I realized that we had met our match. I had drastically under-estimated the amount of insulation in this attic. We finished this job in the dark and when it was all said and done we removed over 6 times the normal amount of insulation from this attic. When it was over we had restored the attic to its original condition (with the proper amount of insulation) and gave the customer about 1000 sq feet of new storage space.
If you have any of the problems outlined on this page and you would like to speak to us about a solution to your problem, please contact us to setup an inspection of your attic.
BatGuys provides professional insulation removal services in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Southern New Hampshire.