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Insulation Removal FAQ

August 12, 2019

If you’re based in Toronto, you know just how important insulation is in residential and commercial structures. Properly insulated buildings effectively protect against excess cold in the winter and heat in during the summer. A well-insulated building is more energy efficient and will require a decreased amount of heating and cooling than poorly insulated structures.


At this point, you’re probably wondering, “If insulation plays such a pivotal role in ensuring we stay comfortable indoors year-round, why would we ever need to remove it with an insulation removal vacuum?”.


Our goal today is to answer the above question and more, by covering a few frequently asked questions.


Why do we remove insulation?


There are a number of reasons why insulation will need to be removed. In instances where there is an overabundance of insulation, airflow can be restricted and can lead to insufficient ventilation. In other situations, insulation may have to be removed due to the growth of mold and mildew. In less favourable circumstances, insulation might have to be removed because it’s composition is hazardous and poses a risk for those living or working in the structure in which it is held.


How do you remove insulation?


Insulation is removed using an insulation removal vacuum, and is usually conducted by a business that specializes in the clean-up and removal of insulation. Their method should ensure there is no residual debris, with waste being discarded through an exterior waste channel.


What factors affect insulation removal?


One factor to consider is the type of insulation that needs to be removed. Certain insulation products are easier to remove than others. Blown-in fiberglass or cellulose insulation product will be easier to remove than other products, but ensuring the removal is conducted by a trained professional will result in the proper clean-up and disposal of the insulation waste. Luckily, Heat Seal Equipment’s line of insulation removal vacuums are fully equipped to remove virtually all types of blown insulation product.

The age of the insulation will also affect the outcome of the removal. Older homes with older attics will affect insulation in different ways. Other factors include insulation product quality, original installation standard, moisture and/or rodent damage, and natural settling of the product.