Many industrious and handy homeowners pride themselves on being able to DIY a wide range of home improvements and maintenance projects. However, some jobs should be left to professionals, and insulation removal is one of them. Here’s why.
Your old insulation could be dangerous
If your home was built before 1990 and the insulation was never updated, there’s a chance it could contain asbestos. This material, once popular because of its fire-retardant properties, is also infamous for causing serious, chronic and potentially fatal respiratory problems over time. In particular, vermiculite (a type of insulation material), may contain asbestos if it was manufactured before 1990. Professionals are equipped to safely remove potentially dangerous insulation.
Your old insulation could be infested
It’s common for insects, rodents and other animals to make themselves at home in your basement, attic or even inside your walls. When this happens, removing insulation can become hazardous. For starters, you may encounter unwelcome guests. But more common and likely is that you’ll come into contact with animal droppings or carcasses, both of which can carry pathogens that may cause potentially serious diseases.
Your old insulation could be mouldy
Oftentimes, insulation that becomes wet after a storm or flood needs to be replaced. However, it’s not unheard of for issues of this type to go unnoticed, and if this happens, you may be dealing with serious mould and mildew buildup in your insulation. In these cases, trying to remove it yourself could result in exposure to dangerous spores. That’s why it’s best to leave it to the professionals.
Your safety is at stake
In each of the cases above, an inexperienced person may end up spreading harmful contaminants throughout their entire home. Professionals use specialized tools and equipment that allow them to remove potentially contaminated insulation safely, without endangering you, your family or themselves.
More importantly, this kind of work comes with the risk of potential injuries. Professionals employed by an insulation company are certified and insured, ensuring that should anything happen, you won’t be held liable. Plus, poorly executed work could get you into trouble with your insurance company.
Insulation experts in Southern Ontario
If you think your insulation needs to be replaced or inspected, contact Reitzel Insulation. We provide professional service and our experts will be able to help you decide on the best course of action. Contact us today to set up an appointment or get a free estimate.