Village Plumbing & Home Services now offers attic insulation reinforcement, assessment, and replacement. Conserve energy now by calling on one of our qualified technicians to evaluate and improve your home's attic insulation.
Do I need to remove the old Insulation?
While many homeowners inquire about removing the old insulation from their attic, rarely is this necessary. The only time we recommend removing old insulation is when the insulation has been fire damaged, water damaged or heavily infested with rodents.
Most homes have some old or "existing" attic insulation already in their attic. Typically we just add more insulation to what you already have in order to bring the attic up to an R-30 or R-38 rating. The existing insulation may be dusty, filled with old roofing debris and look quite tattered, but it's just old material; it doesn't contain asbestos nor contain anything that wouldn't be rendered safe once new and fresh material is installed over it. Also, there's no chemical interaction or problem with mixing various insulation materials either. We actually can save you money by using your existing insulation as a base and installing enough additional material over it to bring the attic up to R-30 or R-38.
In the rare instances where insulation removal is required, we hand-remove the fiberglass rolls and pack them in bags that are carefully removed from your attic. If the attic has blown material, we use a large vacuum to remove all the material. The vacuum is usually outside the house and this creates a "negative pressure" in the attic such that air is being drawn up into the attic, this ensures a clean job where little or no debris enters the home.
Most insulation removal is based on rodent infestation. All too often homeowners figure all the insulation needs to be removed from the attic, this is rarely the case! More often than not, rodents congregate around the furnace or a few other spots. Because there are usually just a few areas affected, we offer "Spot Removal", which very simply means we remove the insulation and debris around the various areas where the rodents were. No need to remove 100% of the insulation when only 2% of the insulation is affected. You wouldn't remove all your teeth just because you have a few cavities? No, you'd just remove the decay and probably give your whole mouth a cleaning. That's what we do; we remove the infested areas and generally add more insulation to bring the entire attic up to or R-39.
Why Insulate Your House?
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