Old Carpet DisposalLike many other types of construction materials, carpet and other types of flooring are usually on the approved pick up list for the local trash collection agency. These companies typically prohibit construction and remodeling debris. And, since carpet is now largely recyclable, it must go to the appropriate facility.
Getting ready to lug your worn-out wall-to-wall to the curb? You’re not alone. Americans get rid of some five billion pounds of carpet each year—that’s nearly seven times the weight of the Empire State Building. But thanks to an industry/government group called the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), you may be able to recycle rugs you once would have thrown away. —This Old House.comKeep in mind, there’s also the padding to deal with. Furthermore, you might have to put some TLC into the subfloor underneath. Since carpet is so porous, it’s common to find stains and other sorts of damage to the subfloor.
Ashland Old Carpet RemovalNow, taking up old carpet isn’t the most difficult thing you’ll ever do (unless, of course, it’s glued down, which will make it one of the most difficult jobs you’ve ever done). It’s really about freeing it from the edge tacking strips and rolling it up. Here’s how to do old carpet removal:
- Move any furniture out. Some people try to skip this step, thinking they can just move furniture around the room without having to actually relocate it to another area. This simply won’t work, so move all furniture out of the room.
- Take the base trim off the walls. Next, you’ll take the base trim around the walls off. You’ll just need a pry bar to do so. Exercise caution if you plan to reuse the trim again.
- Start pulling the carpet in one corner. When the room is empty and the trim is off the walls, then you can roll up the carpet by starting in a corner and working laterally to free one side. You can cut the carpet in half and make two rolls so it’s easier to manage.
- Roll up the padding and check the subfloor. After the carpet is out of the room, you can then roll up the padding and carry it out, as well. (You can also cut the padding in two, to make it lighter.)