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    Is Spray Foam Safe? (Spoiler Alert: Yes!)

August 28, 2020

So, you want to know, “Is spray foam insulation safe?”

It’s no secret spray foam insulation is a top update option for home and business owners alike in recent years, for several good reasons! We know the most significant advantage is that it effectively seals even the minutest of holes and cracks that let air, moisture, and bugs creep inside. Additionally, this sealing goes a long way in reducing energy costs!

As far as the insulation properties of spray foam are concerned, they make a smart choice. However, some consumers have reasonable concerns, owing to the reports about potential safety hazards. Is safety really a concern when it comes to using spray foam insulation in your home? Read on to find out the answers.

Safety Concerns Regarding Spray Foam Insulation

Let’s start with the basics, first. What is spray foam insulation? Spray foam is a spray-applied plastic, made up of two liquid chemicals known as Side A and Side B. Side A consists of isocyanates (which are highly reactive chemicals), while Side B has proprietary chemicals (also called polyol). These two chemicals are blended on-site at the time of installation and applied right there.

(This is where most of the safety concerns come into play.)

Safety protocols are in place in occupational settings to safeguard people who work with isocyanates, aka Side A of spray foams. The reason is that isocyanates can lead to health problems like eye and skin irritation, workplace-related asthma issues, and respiratory or breathing issues with improper handling. People who work with this chemical in industries are mandated to wear personal protective equipment to avoid direct contact.

So, is spray foam insulation safe to use in homes and businesses? Keep reading, friends. I promise we’re close.

Understanding Spray Foam Insulation Safety Regulations

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[box] Safety concerns regarding spray foam components apply only to those who work with the chemical. As per the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), if spray foam is applied and cured correctly in buildings, it is regarded to be ‘relatively inert’. It’s only in cases of poorly installed foam that there are risks of emission of hazardous gases.[/box]

Depending on the type of spray foam insulation, humidity, temperature, weather, and mixture rate, the curing times could differ. This means any trimming or cutting of the foam has to be done after it’s completely cured. If not, exposure to these unreacted chemicals could pose health risks. This is why working with a pro is essential.

Professional insulation contractors understand all aspects and protocols, ensuring proper installation.

Hiring the right spray foam insulation contractor makes a difference; work with an experienced company for safe application and installation. Generally, you would need to stay out of your home during installation and for an additional 24 hours after installation. You can also opt for a good ERV (Energy Recovering Ventilation) system to ensure sufficient airflow.

Get quotes from a couple of experienced insulation contractors in your vicinity. Check their insurance or policy terms on improper installations and get it in writing.  If you’re looking to have a spray foam insulation installation in Texas, Arkansas, or Oklahoma, the Scorpion Spray Foam team will explain all aspects of your project and take the safety measures to keep your family – and our staff – safe.

In a Nutshell?

To summarize, choosing spray foam insulation can be absolutely safe for your home, metal structure of commercial building, provided you choose the right insulation contractor. The hired contractor should follow all the safety guidelines for proper installation. If you work with a professional like Scorpion Spray Foam and follow the necessary steps, spray foam insulation is a safe and effective improvement!

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