Fiberglass insulation is made up of very fine glass fibers woven together into either a cloth or matt fabric. Obviously, there are precautions to take in order to prevent irritation to the skin or lungs. Here are safety precautions to take before removing fiberglass insulation:
Check for nails: Before digging in to the insulation, make sure that your surroundings are safe. Typically, to get to insulation, you have to tear the sheetrock. Often, there are nails, staples or tacks that may be holding down the fiberglass paper. Make sure to wear protective shoes.
Wear a mask: Places where insulation is installed can accumulate dust, dirt, feces or any other harmful particles that can potentially irritate your lungs. Even worse, these particles can make you ill or cause an irritating cough for weeks.
Wear protective eye wear: Similarly, the particles that exist in places where insulation has been installed can enter into your eyes. This can cause extreme irritation.
Wear long sleeves: Fiberglass can be tricky to handle, especially if you are pulling it from the wall. It has a chance to rub against your arm, causing skin irritation. It’s best to wear long sleeves, or even a work suit.
Dispose of properly: Fiberglass insulation should be thrown away into an industrial garbage bag. This keeps animals or children away from accidentally touching the insulation.
For more information on fiberglass removal, give us a call at 281-661-3632.