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Is Spray Foam Insulation Safe?

Posted November 9, 2015
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Spray foam insulation is a commonly found type ofcrawl space insulation in the greater Seattle area. In recent years, more people have been applying do-it-yourself spray foam insulation under the assumption that it saves money and provides quality home insulation. But DIY spray foam insulation can actually be hazardous to health, according to the latest EPA findings. Learn more about the safety of spray foam insulation in the following article.Spray foam insulation contains isocyanates such as methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI). The high-quality spray foam insulation used by professionals contains cured MDI. But lots of DIY spray foam insulation products contain uncured MDI, which can cause a number of adverse health effects upon human exposure. Many homeowners that have used DIY spray foam insulation have reported health effects such as eye, skin, and lung irritation. It can cause asthma symptoms to intensify and may have long-term health consequences with repeated exposure.