When is it Necessary to Remove Attic Insulation?

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September 10, 2021

When would you need to remove insulation from your attic?  

You might be familiar with the importance of installing blown-in attic insulation, but have you ever considered when you may need to remove it instead? Contrary to popular assumptions, adding more insulation is not always the best solution. In some cases, you may need to remove attic insulation to prevent additional damage to your home.

So, what situations call for insulation removal? How do you know if you need to remove the old insulation and replace it with a new one? Here are some of the most common scenarios where it is necessary to remove attic insulation.

When You Should Remove Attic Insulation

Removing Insulation for a Rat Infestation

Pests like rats, squirrels, and others may come from outside and enter your home to build nests in your attic. When this happens, they use your insulation as their home and gradually multiply, later damaging your insulation. Unfortunately, their urine and droppings can be hazardous, so the moment you spot signs of a rodent infestation, you need to remove and replace your insulation right away.

Make sure to disinfect your attic and check to see if the droppings are removed with the insulation to prevent leaving any toxic remnants behind. While no insulation is 100% rodent resistant, spray foam or cellulose insulation are known to be less conducive to rats, so you may want to consider these types of insulation for your attic.

Water Damage

Water damage will always be alarming since this can threaten your home’s structural integrity. The same can be said for your insulation. When water leaks into your home, your insulation can be compromised because of its porous nature. Wet insulation gradually loses its effectiveness and later becomes a breeding ground for mold and mildew, causing health risks.

If the house has any type of water damage, you should take the insulation out of your attic. Generally, you only need to remove the insulation in the affected areas, so the earlier you get it done, the better.

Fire Damage

While many insulation materials are fire-resistant, they can still burn at high temperatures. If your home is damaged from a fire, your insulation will likely also be damaged. Fire, or even smoke, can render your insulation ineffective, so it should be removed and replaced with blown-in attic insulation immediately.

In this case, insulation removal is necessary before adding new blown-in attic insulation since you might leave air pockets if you just fill in the burnt spaces. Similarly, it is best to remove all partially burnt insulation since it might contain hidden embers that can re-ignite a fire without warning.

Why Hire Professionals for Insulation Removal?

Removing insulation can be a tricky job without the right knowledge and tools, so hiring a professional is recommended to ensure it is done correctly.

In some cases, like a rodent infestation, you need protective gear like eye protection to handle the toxic urine and droppings that may have contaminated your attic. Professionals have the necessary equipment to handle these situations, so leaving the work to them can keep you and your family safe.

Disposing insulation properly is also key in the removal process. It is not a simple matter of placing your fiberglass batt insulation in a garbage bag and throwing it as usual. You would need to contact your local waste authority to ask for the nearest waste site and disposal guidelines. Professionals understand this and follow proper protocols for disposal, so you can avoid going through the long process yourself.

Get Professional Insulation Services for Your Home with Joe Blows Insulation

If your home needs professional insulation installation and removal, Joe Blows Insulation is here to make your home more comfortable. As a trusted insulation contractor, we can guarantee quality insulation services, a dedicated team with the right knowledge and skills, and advanced equipment when doing our work.

Call us today at 727-656-9785 to get quality blown-in attic insulation and to learn more about our services for removing insulation. Let us know your questions and concerns, and our team will get back to you as quickly as possible.