The air quality within your property should encourage good health; after all, if you can breathe easily anywhere, it should be in your own home! However, there are a number of factors that can impact on internal air quality, and, in turn, the health of the residents inside.
Insulation Health Hazards #1: Inhaling Fibreglass
The most traditional and common form of insulation is made up of fibreglass strands, and comes in fabric type rolls or panels. The material looks like candyfloss, but is scratchy and hazardous to touch, as it will cut and graze skin.
As the insulation ages, the tiny particles of glass may come away from the roll and become airborne. As with any sharp glass particles, these can cause irritation to the skin and eyes and if inhaled, and can be extremely dangerous.
Spray foam insulation is an industrial spray that doesn’t deteriorate over time, and doesn’t sag or lose its shape. With the consistency of sponge cake, there’s nothing in it to break away and float into the air around it.
Insulation Health Hazards #2: Mould growing on insulation
Insulation is often placed in cold, dark areas of a property, and so can easily become the perfect breeding ground for mould. Mould, when allowed to prosper, releases spores and allergens into the air that can be irritating and harmful when inhaled.
In severe cases of prolonged exposure to black mould, respiratory conditions can develop in individuals.
An insulation product such as spray foam insulation naturally won’t allow mould to grow on it, due to its sophisticated chemical make up. Fully sealing the property off from the outside world then ensures there are no gaps present through which mould can enter.