Removal Vacuums for Insulation
Insulation removal and replacement have far-reaching benefits to the family and to the environment. There are several reasons why every homeowner needs to consider insulation removal. If the insulation in a house is older than 10 years, it has lost its effectiveness/R-value. It is no longer as beneficial as it once were. There are other types of insulation that get damaged faster than others. Leaky roofs and contamination from critters that access the house’s roof space are major causes of insulation destruction. Rodents, possums, and birds fill the attic with droppings and the result is a urine-soaked insulation that puts the inhabitants at a great health risk. Ineffective insulation increases the use of energy resulting in higher energy bills.
If these cases apply to your home, it is time to have the insulation removed and sometimes a central vacuum can do the trick so that the home is more energy efficient and safer for the inhabitants. With the help of new technology in the insulation industry, insulation removal has become more popular and easier. There are new materials with improved thermal properties. These materials are far much superior to the ones installed a decade or so ago.
Also, new technology has made it unnecessary for homeowners to risk their health attempting to remove the insulation themselves. But some homeowners may still ask: why is it risky to remove insulation by myself?
Problems can occur as an untrained or inexperienced person tries to remove old insulation. For instance, you may lack enough protective wear for the job. If rodents and pests had invaded your insulation, there’s every possibility that they’ve stirred up dust and fecal material. Without enough protective wear, it is very easy to develop potentially fatal illnesses. Also, you may not be well familiar with potentially dangerous materials that make up old insulation. So, you could be handling fiberglass and asbestos products inappropriately oblivious of the harm they can cause. When you are removing blown-in insulation, you’ll have to walk on your ceiling and can end up causing accidental damage as you try to remove the materials.
Professional insulation removal services are nowadays using highly-efficient insulation removal vacuums. These machines help insulation experts to remove old or contaminated insulation materials from various parts of the house in a controlled manner. The operation causes minimal disturbance to the rest of the house and the homeowner can continue with their chores as the insulation is being removed.
Uses of insulation removal vacuums
Removing blown-in insulation: Insulation professionals use custom-designed, high-powered vacuums to suck up all the debris and dust produced by blown-in insulation. The vacuum has a long hose for easier and quicker vacuuming. All the suctioned up insulation material is deposited in a specialized filter bag which is then placed outside the house ready for disposal. This insulation removal process ensures that blown-in insulation is removed safely and efficiently.
Removing batt insulation professionally: If an attic currently has batt insulation, insulation removal vacuums can be used to remove the insulation. The insulation removal experts carefully remove the material and place it in trash bags while avoiding any contamination with dust.
Cleaning the attic floor to expose damage: An insulation removal vacuum provides clean and thorough access to attic air sealing. A high-powered vacuum helps to not only remove damaged insulation but also clean the attic floor. Gaps, cracks, and openings are exposed so that they can be sealed to prevent conditioned air from getting into the attic. Air-sealing upgrading and the installation of new attic insulation together improve the home’s energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and comfort.
Reducing effects of fire and smoke damage: Fire and smoke can damage attic insulation. Insulation can appear normal after a home fire but the smoke odor that is retained permeates through the house and reduces the indoor air quality. It is, therefore, recommended that insulation that has been exposed to smoke or fire be removed.
Tips for the insulation removal expert
Insulation removal vacuums are available for any application. There is a wide variety of rugged, powerful vacuums that are durable and maintenance free. New and improved vacuums come with large diameter turbine impeller which implies a high tip speed, reduced noise levels, and low maintenance.
If you are more concerned with the durability of the vacuum, look for insulation removal vacuums with steel chamber bands. These chamber bands eliminate the need for a replaceable liner. Another important feature to look for is the quality of fan blades. Steel fan blades are preferred to other materials because of their long wear life.
Importance of a vacuum saver
The design of the vacuum is of great concern to many insulation removal vacuum users. You can get a design that facilitates the removal of fiberglass before it reaches the impeller fan, chamber and engine as fiberglass and other objects can cause huge damage to these parts.
A Vac-saver’ design provides many maintenance advantages. For most attics, there is every possibility to find foreign objects hidden in the insulation. These objects may include roof tear-off debris, stones, nails, tools and construction materials. They can severely damage the vacuum’s fan impeller. Just a small object can drive a high-speed impeller out of balance by bending and fracturing welds on the blade. The objects can cause a shock load’ that can damage the chamber and even the engine.
Just like with wall spray applications, damp recycle fibers with debris are also vacuumed back to the insulation removal vacuum and can cause machine lock-ups, create damaged airlock seals, shredders, augers, and overall machine strain and tension. It is impossible for a vacuum operator to know what materials are in a particular insulation and this makes it hard to avoid the problem of foreign objects. Having a vacuum saver is the best way to avoid the damage. In fact, it is a must-have component that has to run in conjunction with your insulation removal system. Some vacuum savers offer a viewing window which allows the vacuum operator to check the level of debris to ensure timely discharge into the collection and retaining debris tray
Vacuum portability and flexibility
The use of portable, versatile, and high production insulation removal vacuums reduces labor time and increases productivity. The best insulation removal vacuum has ergonomically designed handles and optional wheel package for easy transportation to the job site. Having a multi-purpose vacuum that can be used for insulation removal, foam-vac processing, wall spray recycle recovery, etc. is also good for an insulation service.