Replacing Your Old Cellulose Insulation? Learn How To Properly Remove The Old Stuff

It's important that your home has reliable insulations so that your HVAC system's efficiency is maximized. Cellulose insulation used to be popular with homeowners because it was priced low, made from recycled materials, and had a high R-value at the time. If the cellulose insulation in your home is fairly old, you may be ready to replace it with something more efficient like spray foam. This means that you will have to remove all of the old insulation in the attic. Getting rid of the existing cellulose insulation is not difficult as long as you follow these steps.

Step 1: Gather The Tools

Before you can begin, you'll need the following items.

  • Eye protection
  • Dust mask
  • Rope
  • Garbage bags
  • Shop vacuum

The advantage of using a shop vacuum instead of a traditional vacuum is that it will not become damaged from sucking up either moldy or damp cellulose.

Step 2: Preparation And Safety

Put on your eye protection and dust mask prior to entering your attic. You will need to get your shop vacuum into the attic so that you can start removing the insulation. You can do this by tying a rope around the shop vacuum, getting into your attic, and pulling it upward through the hatch. Makes sure that you have someone assisting you from underneath to make it easier.

Step 3: Prepare The Walls If Necessary

If your existing cellulose insulation is loosely distributed around your attic, then skip to step 4. If not, you'll need to remove it from the walls. You'll have to create a hole in your attic walls between two studs to remove insulation. The hole needs to be near the bottom of the wall. Make sure there are no wires in the area you plan on drilling. The hole should be large enough to fit the hose end of the shop vacuum into it.

Step 4: Remove The Cellulose

Work around the attic in a single direction to ensure that you do not miss any insulation when sucking it into the shop vacuum. You'll also need to change out the bag in the shop vacuum very frequently. It helps to give the wall a tap to loosen insulation that is stuck against the wall.

Your cellulose insulation can be taken to a local recycling center once bagged and removed from the attic.

Does any of this seem to difficult to you? If so, an insulation contractor can do it for you prior to installing your new insulation. Reach out to a company like Tracy's Insulation, Inc. for more info.