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djknob 12-28-2008 01:17 PM

old blown insulation
 
We're remodeling an old house and have removed a lot of old blown insulation. It looks like shredded newspaper. Someone told us it could contain something that causes cancer. I've searched the internet and it doesn't appear to be an asbestos insulation. But I can't find what kind of insulation it is. The house is about 80 years old. Any ideas or information would be helpful. Thanks.

butlersprints 12-28-2008 02:07 PM

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Originally Posted by djknob (Post 203493)
We're remodeling an old house and have removed a lot of old blown insulation. It looks like shredded newspaper. Someone told us it could contain something that causes cancer. I've searched the internet and it doesn't appear to be an asbestos insulation. But I can't find what kind of insulation it is. The house is about 80 years old. Any ideas or information would be helpful. Thanks.

how long have you owned the home? the news paper isn't too far out of date I don't think. I know alot of people using the expanding foam now. I don't know of the hazzards of the ground newspaper, However i would guess it can't be harmful as it is part of recycling. (however I'm not an expert):no:

Maintenance 6 12-29-2008 07:33 AM

If it looks like shredded newspaper, I'd guess that it is cellulose fiber insulation. The only thing in it is some boron treatment as a fire retardant and to prevent mold and insect infestation. I've never heard of any health concern other than the horrendous dust that it creats removing it. You should wear a respirator. If you keep it relatively clean, you can dump it in your attic space and re-use it.

djknob 12-29-2008 11:20 AM

We've only had the home for a few months. It was a foreclosure that no one would touch because of an incredible cat odor. It appears that upstairs apartment living room was entirely used as a litter box that never got cleaned (we've tried a couple things to remove the odor, but looks like we'll be pulling floor boards). It was an upper/lower duplex in a neighborhood of single family homes. We're turning it back into a single family home. Thanks for the input.


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