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Can You Spray Foam Over Electric Wires?By admin
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
Insulation has been used since the time of the Ancient Egyptians, who likely faced their own big questions when insulating their homes, or pyramids.
As technology developed, and insulation materials become more advanced, there are brand-new questions that need answering when it comes to insulating your property.
One of the big questions, and a key consideration for anyone looking to install insulation, is can you spray foam over electrical wires? Every property in the UK has a network of wiring, meaning that insulating existing homes needs to accommodate this.
So, are you going to encounter any big problems with electrical wiring when insulating your property, or does spray foam insulation make insulating your home a breeze? We have the answers, and we’re here to share them in the following article…
Applying Spray Foam On Electrical Wires: An Overview
Spray foam insulation is becoming more popular by the day, partly down to its exceptional performance and energy-saving benefits, and partly down to its versatile nature. Pretty much any space you can think of can be insulated using spray foam.
To the relief of many, that includes spaces that have pre-existing electrical wires. Be it the walls of your home, the ceiling, floor, or roof, spray foam can work in perfect conjunction with electrical wires.
The way that spray foam works, by expanding to fill a space, rather than being compacted into it, means that it perfectly forms around electrical wiring; achieving a tight and thermally efficient fit– even in the presence of electrical wires.
Open-cell spray foam is an approved material to be used on electrical wires, but that doesn’t mean that some prep-work isn’t required. Firstly, before any work is done, your wires should meet the IEE wiring regulations, which is something that your electrician will be able to advise you on
Adding Wires After Installation: Why Open Cell Foam Works Best
Of course, pre-existing electrical wires are only half of the equation; what happens when it comes to installing electrical wires in areas with pre-existing spray foam insulation?
Owing again to spray foam’s versatile nature, it is possible to install wires without damaging the entire structure and efficiency of the spray foam. The ease of this partly comes down to the type of spray foam that you have installed.
Sturdy closed-cell spray foam can make this job much harder, but open-cell spray foam, which is fairly soft, can be extracted with relative ease. You can carve out the spot needed for the wires, install what you need, and then re-fill the insulation; as long as the foam isn’t fully penetrated.
Always bear in mind though, it’s a lot easier to spray foam over electrical wires, than it is to install electrical wires in spray foam.
What Else Do I Need To Know?
A major question that accompanies the installation of spray foam over electrical wires is whether there will be a risk of fire. After all, electrical wires can get very hot.
Open-cell spray foam is an approved material to be used on electrical wires, but that doesn’t mean that some prep-work isn’t required. Firstly, before any work is done, your wires should meet the IEE wiring regulations, which is something that your electrician will be able to advise you on.
Secondly, there are a few steps that need to be followed before the installation of spray foam onto electric wires.
The wires will be pulled tight, electrical boxes will be sealed, equipment that produces heat will be separated, and areas will be masked to prevent spray foam getting into them and causing issues.
Our team at Home Logic are qualified, experienced, and trained, to make sure that all the spray foam insulation we install is safe and effective. With stringent safety procedures, you can always trust us to make sure that your spray foam is installed in the most efficient and secure manner possible!
Is It Possible to Install Spray Foam As A DIY Job?
While the process of spray foaming over electrical wiring may not seem too complex, it is a job that should be left to the professionals. There is a lot of room for error if you don’t know the correct method for securing the wires, and keeping heat-producing equipment separate.
You also run the risk of ineffective insulation if it is installed incorrectly. Spray foam insulation works exceptionally, but only when it’s installed properly, with the high level of expertise necessary to achieve the desired results.
Installing spray foam insulation over wiring can be tricky, but it’s a wonderful way to improve the quality of your living enviroment, with minimal disturbance.
Where Can I Get Spray Foam Insulation?
Spray foam insulation is one of the specialist products that we supply at Home Logic, along with a professional team to install the modern type of residential and commercial insulation.
No matter where you need spray foam installed, the team at Home Logic are more than up to the job-something our 5-star rating on Trustpilot attests to. Check out our customer reviews right here.
Our team at Home Logic are qualified, experienced, and trained, to make sure that all the spray foam insulation we install is safe and effective. With stringent safety procedures, you can always trust us to make sure that your spray foam is installed in the most efficient and secure manner possible.
Seeking a failproof method for insulating hard-to-reach spaces? Spray foam offers the ideal solution-and some brilliant benefits to match! Discover whether your property is suitable for spray foam today by calling 0800 1700 636, or by simply clicking the button below!
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