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Spray Foam Health Risks: Sorting The Facts From The Fiction

The latest technology in home insulation is spray foam insulation, an industrial foam that expands and dries once in the air, to create an effective seal for your home from the intrusion of moisture and airborne pollutants.

This impressive building envelope must be installed by a professional and isn’t just a D.I.Y job. As a chemical product, it’s important to understand the spray foam health risks and perks before you have it installed in your property. After all, family comes first!

Spray foam insulation is a chemical product that is 100% water-blown, and is simply applied using specialist, hi-tech equipment. Mixed 50-50 with water, it creates a high-functioning formula of foam, that expands to feel every available space.

Whilst this is a chemical formula, once dried, it is safe to touch and be around, without any concern for health. This is because the chemical make-up of the foam is non-toxic, and does not contain any allergens, pollutants or formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde in Insulation

Formaldehyde is often a worry with home improvements, as although it is a naturally-occurring chemical, it is present in many man-made materials, and can be dangerous if you’re exposed to this substance for long periods of time.

Formaldehyde can be found in asphalt, kitchen counters and adhesives, furniture, electrical equipment, roofs and floors. However, it is not an ingredient of spray foam insulation.

Third party tests have shown that ‘trace’ amounts can be found as a result of other ingredients within the foam combining, but that the amount is well within standard limits and will not present an issue to health or well-being.

In all tests, thorough laboratory testing found that the amounts were undetectable within just a few hours of the initial application.

However, formaldehyde can be found in fibreglass batt insulation that was previously commonly used in walls and floors.  As a result, this means that many people still link the chemical with home insulation, despite this being untrue.

Protects Your Property From Pests 

The nature of spray foam insulation is that it creates a complete seal from the outside world, ensuring there are no entry points for pests and insects to gain access to the space inside. This keeps your home safe and secure from any unwanted guests and their droppings.

Unlike more traditional insulation products, spray foam insulation won’t become a source of food for pests either, nor will it create a conducive environment to nesting. It’s a win-win situation!

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Existing customers frequently report an immediate noticeable effect; particularly those with conditions caused or aggravated by airborne toxins and pollutants. Spray foam insulation doesn’t just keep your home cosy – it makes it easier and cleaner to breathe to boot!

Chemical Exposure From Insulation

Despite spray foam insulation being of a chemical composition, and not a product that you lay down or stick to a surface like more traditional insulation materials, there’s no risk of chemical exposure from the solution.

Extensive testing by third-party laboratories have shown that after a 24-hour ‘curing’ period, there is zero chemical ‘off-gassing’ from spray foam insulation.

Even during the 24-hour period, any ‘off-gassing’ remains at a perfectly safe level, so there is no need to evacuate a property once spray foam insulation has been installed.

Only specialist technicians can install spray foam insulation, meaning that there is no danger of the mixture being ‘off-balance’.

Improving Air Quality

As a chemical foam rather than a material, spray foam insulation will not deteriorate or degrade over time, and will not take on water or moisture from the air. This inhibits the growth of damp and mould, and curbs condensation as well.

For families living in an environment where they need to cut back on allergens and irritants in the air, spray foam insulation is the ideal solution, as it can actually improve indoor air quality immeasurably.

Existing customers frequently report an immediate noticeable effect; particularly those with conditions caused or aggravated by airborne toxins and pollutants. Spray foam insulation doesn’t just keep your home cosy – it makes it easier and cleaner to breathe to boot!

To contact Home Logic for a completely free chat and quotation, with no obligation to buy, simply call 0800 1700 636, or click the button below, and start your journey to a fresher, healthier home today!