Old Carpet Disposal in EnglewoodOkay, so the first thing you need to consider before you begin the actual work. And, that is what you’ll do with that old carpet and the padding. This is where many home improvement projects go wrong. That’s because people simply do not think about what they’ll do with the waste.
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 HouseFor instance, if you’re remodeling a kitchen or knocking down an interior wall, you’ll be more likely to focus on the finished product. You’re just not concerned with the logistics all that much. Sure, you’ll think about the necessary work. But, what about the remodeling debris removal? This is where things go awry. It isn’t until you’re well into it that you realize something must be done with the remodeling debris. So, don’t get caught off guard. Have a plan ready-to-go.
Easy to Follow Removal GuideNow, 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.)