Safety Insulation2022-12-17T20:46:00-07:00

Safety Insulation

The most significant factor in the safety of insulation has to do with how well it was installed and maintained.


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There are many different kinds of materials used for insulation and each of them comes with its benefits and drawbacks when it comes to safety. The most significant factor in the safety of insulation has to do with how well it was installed and maintained. Insulation that has become wet from a leak or moisture buildup will be ineffective and potentially lead to the growth of mold or mildew. Products like spray foam insulation can be hazardous to breathe until they have cured, so hiring a professional who knows how to properly install the spray form is important. If you have any questions about the safety of an insulation product you are considering installing in your property, just contact our team and we will be happy to discuss the safety factors with you.

Safety Insulation

Common Safety Concerns with Popular Insulation Products

Fiberglass insulation is popular because it is inexpensive and widely available. They come usually in batts or rolls and are typically used in wall cavities. The main concern with fiberglass is it can irritate the skin if proper gloves and protective wear are not worn during installation. Once the insulation is enclosed behind drywall, there is little safety concern.

Cellulose is commonly made from recycled wood and other eco-friendly materials. Cellulose in most cases can come in a loose fill form and is a good option for attic and crawlspace insulation. It has a higher risk of fire hazard unless it is treated with a specific solution to make it fireproof. Most cellulose products will come with a fire rating and property owners can choose which product is the best fit for their needs.

Spray foam insulation is made from synthetic materials, like polystyrene and polyurethane. It does not irritate the skin on contact and is considered inert once it has cured. Foam insulation is known to provide excellent thermal resistance, making it the number one choice for homes and businesses. During the curing process, however, it has an off-gassing effect which can lead to health concerns if inhaled. It is best to not attempt to install spray foam products on your own, get professional technicians who have the protective gear and the knowledge on how to properly ventilate a building during the curing process.

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Safest Option: Hire Professionals

Most issues with insulation arise from improper and unprofessional installation. The best way to avoid danger arising from insulation installation is to hire the services of a professional installer. Whether you are planning to insulate your new building or replace old insulation, our team at Proinsulate is always at your service. Your health and safety are our utmost priority. Proinsulate has both the equipment and skills needed to ensure that your residential or commercial building insulation is installed correctly. We can help you choose an insulation product that meets all of your safety concerns, building needs, and budget. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is insulation dangerous to your health?2022-11-22T17:25:28-07:00

It depends on several factors, like the type of insulation used and how it was installed. Some types of insulation, like fiberglass, can irritate the skin and can cause respiratory problems if wrongly installed. Others, like spray foam, may release harmful chemicals into the air if the installation guidelines are not adequately followed. Generally speaking, insulation is perfectly safe for most people when installed correctly. If you have any concerns about your health ask our team about the best type of insulation products for your home.

Is attic insulation safe?2022-11-22T17:26:04-07:00

Safe and effective insulation will keep your home comfortable, improve energy efficiency, and not introduce any toxic hazards. There are some concerns regarding the safety of attic insulation when it has been poorly installed and can lead to moisture problems, mold growth, or if the insulation has become infested with rodents or insects. The materials used in attic insulation are not toxic and as such do not pose any serious health risks to homeowners when properly installed and maintained.

How dangerous is wet insulation?2022-11-22T17:26:27-07:00

When the insulation in your property gets wet, it becomes ineffective and it may also promote the growth of molds. Mold spores can then float in the air and when inhaled can cause mild to severe respiratory tract infections, asthma, and other allergic reactions. If you notice any wet areas in your walls or ceiling, or discoloration in your building’s insulation, do not wait until larger issues develop. It’s best to get a professional to assess the situation immediately. This can also save you money if a leak is detected and resolved sooner than later.

Do non-toxic insulation materials exist?2022-11-22T17:27:00-07:00

Yes, there are non-toxic insulation materials available to suit homeowners’ and business owners’ needs. Generally, insulation products have become a lot safer than they used to be, but many brands will also specialize in products that are low in volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), which are components that can evaporate during installation and after the finished product is installed causing odors and possible health concerns. If you are interested in a low VOC product, talk to our team to learn more about the options that are available to you.

Is insulation flammable?2022-11-22T17:27:36-07:00

To help ensure the safety of building occupants and prevent structural damage by limiting the spread of fire, it is important to use fire-resistant insulation. They can help slow down the spread of fire or contain it within one part of the building for as long as possible. This provides more time for residents to escape during a fire, creates a safer environment for firefighters to combat the flames, and can better contain damage to the building. Most commonly used insulation products are flammable, but they can be treated with flame-retarding substances to make them fire-safe. There are many varying degrees of fire ratings on insulation products, our team is happy to work with you to find a product that fits your needs.

Proinsulate Service Areas

Our team works in Edmonton and surrounding areas including Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, and Leduc. If you have any questions about an insulation project in your area, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.

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