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Pros & Cons of Spray Foam Insulation
Spray Foam Insulation, like many things, is no better than the quality of its installation!
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Happy Home Insulation has extensive experience (over 30 yrs & another 20 as the Partridge Family Enterprises) & training with applying Energystar Standards & Energykey Homes.
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Spray Foam Insulation Problems
Spray foam problems are potentially dangerous and must be addressed. It is now recognized that spray foam insulation can off-gas poisonous and toxic fumes that cause personal injuries to humans. Certain chemicals in these products have been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to have toxic properties that are very harmful to humans.
During the application process, there are far too many variables at stake that undertrained and untrained applicators simply cannot overcome. For example, if the mix is off ratio and that causes a contaminate (moisture) on the surface between lifts, the result can be an off-gassing and odors. When the proper application temperatures are not followed (these temperatures vary with the weather conditions and the substrate) or is applied too thick, the foam fails to properly cure and can lead to off-gassing and odors. There are far too many variables that come into play to trust an inexperienced installer when your family’s health and welfare is on the line.
There are serious consequences when contractor-sprayed PUF (polyurethane foam) are misapplied to residential structures by ill-educated or untrained individuals. Polyurethane foam has been known to cause asthma, lung damage and even fatal reactions in people who have been exposed or sensitized to its chemicals. Exposure can also cause eye and skin irritation and induce neurological symptoms.
According to William Swietlik, co-chair of the EPA's workshop on spray foam dangers, “Both open and closed cell foams are made with diisocyanates, among other ingredients, a leading cause of workplace asthma and are a well known sensitizing toxicant to humans. Once a human becomes sensitized to diisocyonate there may be no safe exposure level". Hence, once a person is exposed to poison gas from spray foam insulation and becomes sensitized to it, because it is so difficult to remove effectively, he or she may never again be able to live in a property where spray foam insulation has been applied.