Your old insulation could be letting you down.
If your house feels uncomfortably cold during winter or unbearably hot during summer, it could be time to remove and replace your existing insulation, especially if it has suffered water damage or infestation.Call Pricewise Insulation on 1300 729 639 for an obligation free quote for insulation removal in Melbourne and Sydney. Or read on to find out if insulation removal could benefit your home!
Should old insulation be removed?
In some cases, you can top up your existing insulation with new insulation if it’s in good condition. Even though the old insulation won’t work as well as it used to, it will still have some insulating power and may help increase the overall R-Value when you install your new insulation.There are several circumstances when you definitely should remove old insulation. These include:
1. Water damage
Bulk insulation such as glasswool, polyester or even sheep’s wool acts like a giant sponge, soaking up water. Insulation depends on empty air-pockets to work effectively. When these air-pockets become filled with water, the insulation will no longer function properly.
Besides the fact that wet insulation doesn’t work properly, the moisture which has soaked into the material will remain there for an extended period of time, and quickly become a breeding ground for mould.
3. Insects and rodents
If you have an insect or rodent infestation in your roof space, your roof insulation may be suffering from their activities. Insects and rodents may cause physical damage to the insulation as well as moisture issues which can both compromise the performance.
4. Not effective anymore
Old house insulation won’t be as effective at regulating temperatures inside your home anymore. Not only can this be uncomfortable to live with, it also means you’ll spend more money on heating and cooling.
5. Doesn’t meet regulations
If you are planning a renovation, keep in mind that you may have to meet Building Code and local council regulations when it comes to insulation and minimum R-Values. During renovations is the best time to remove existing insulation and install new quality insulation.
Can I remove insulation myself?
It’s typically best to get a professional to remove your old insulation as it can be a health and safety risk.The advantages of having your insulation professionally removed include:
- Safe removal – The roof space can be very dusty and may harbour harmful particles such as mould spores. A professional removal company has the right safety equipment and experience to make sure the job is done properly.
- Protect your roof – The roof cavity may contain electrical wires, plumping pipes, down lights etc. A professional will ensure nothing is damaged during the process.
- Specialised equipment – Insulation removal experts have specialised equipment such as an insulation removal vacuum which will make the job much faster and safer.
- Safe disposal – A removal company will know how to safely dispose of old damaged insulation material in the most environmentally friendly way.
Installing new insulation in older homes
Once you’ve removed your old insulation, it’s important to install new high performance insulation that will improve your home’s energy efficiency and help you save on your energy bills. Looking for insulation installers in Melbourne and Sydney? We can help! Chat with us to see what’s possible. We also supply a wide range of quality insulation products from Australia’s leading brands. If you need advice about choosing the right home insulation products for your project, our team of experts are here to help.
How much does it cost to remove insulation?
The cost of insulation removal depends on a number of factors including the size of the area, how accessible it is and whether you are also replacing the insulation with the same company. Pricewise Insulation now provides professional insulation removal services in Melbourne.The fastest way to get an accurate quote for insulation removal in Melbourne is to get in touch with our friendly staff today on 1300 729 639.