How do you remove insulation from the attic?


Quick Answer

Most of the time, old insulation that is no longer working properly can be covered up by new insulation. However, insulation that has been damaged by fire, water or a rodent infestation can be removed and replaced with new material. You need an asbestos home testing kit, plastic tarps, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, goggles and a dust mask or a HEPA-filter insulation removal vacuum, depending on the type of insulation you have.

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How do you remove insulation from the attic?
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Full Answer

  1. Test for asbestos

    It is important to test for asbestos before attempting to remove insulation, especially if your home was built between 1930 and 1950. You can buy a home testing kit at your local hardware store. If the insulation does contain asbestos, hire a professional to remove it for you.

  2. Protect other areas of the house

    Lay down plastic sheets and tarps over flooring that you don't want to come in contact with the insulation material. You can also hang the plastic sheets over doorways of rooms that you want to protect.

  3. Remove the insulation

    If you have batt and blanket insulation in your house, put on a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, goggles and a dust mask. Grab hold of the batt or blanket to lift it away from the wall or floor. Any tabs holding the insulation in place can be cut with a utility knife. If you have blown-in insulation, you need to rent a HEPA-filter insulation removal vacuum. Use it to bundle the insulation into large bags that can be disposed of safely and easily.

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