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Safe Handling of Fiberglass Insulation

Woman Installing InsulationBefore you handle fiberglass insulation, there are a few things you‘ll need to know.  If it isn’t properly done it can cause painfully itchy, red skin and it can irritate the respiratory system in some people.  The very small particles of glass and other fibers that fiberglass is made up of, can be breathed in or become lodged in the skin if special care is not taken beforehand.

Before getting started on your project, you’ll need to dress in the proper clothing.  You Man with ceiling insulationshould cover as much of your skin as possible to protect yourself from the tiny fibers that, if embedded in the skin, will cause painful itching and redness that is very hard to stop.  It’s easier to prevent it from happening in the first place, than it is to fix it once it does occur.  You should wear a loose fitting long sleeved shirt, long pants and wear a hat to cover your hair.  After your project is complete, you should rinse off your skin in a cool shower.  The cool shower will help to close your pores while you’re rinsing away the fiberglass particles and keep them from getting lodged in your skin.

You’ll need to get the right safety equipment, which is also known as personal protective equipment, or PPE.  Thick gloves will keep the tiny fibers from getting to your hands.  You should also wear a face mask or a respirator.  Covering your nose and mouth will keep you from breathing in the tiny loose fibers which can then become lodged in the lungs and cause respiratory problems and irritation.  Finally, safety goggles should be worn to protect your eyes.

Man with Insulation When working with fiberglass insulation you need to do what you can to keep the amount of fiberglass dust low.  It is easy for the tiny particles to become airborne and it takes them along time to settle once they are.  You shouldn’t use anything that will cause a breeze or wind like a fan or air powered tools in the area that you’re handling the fiberglass.  Compressed air should also not be used to dust yourself off afterwards for the same reason.

If you have any questions about how to safely handle insulation, call one of the expertly qualified professionals at Carrig and Dancer at (253) 584-7704.  They will be happy to help!  You can learn more about the services that are offered by Carrig and Dancer on their website, here: www.carriganddancerinsulation.com.

 

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Spray Foam Insulation Has Many Benefits

Insulating with spray foam offers many valuable benefits!  Some of them are:Image-Residential-wall

  • health benefits
  • structural benefits
  • financial benefits

Spray foam insulation cuts down on air leaks, which can account for 30% of a home’s annual heating and cooling expenses. Insulating with spray foam also aids in controling the growth of mildew and mold which can cause so many very serious health issues!  One way it does this is by greatly reducing the amount of water vapor that gets in through the leakage of air.  It creates better indoor air quality in much the same way.  Less air leakage means less dust, pollen and other particulates can get in, which is a big benefit to people with allergies and asthma.

Commercial Spray FoamSpray foam also adds a lot of internal strength to walls in the event of strong winds.  It adds resistance to high wind uplift and blow-off for roofing through spray foam’s lack of fasteners that cause holes like nails and screws, and the lack of joints or edges.

Another terrific benefit of spray foam insulation is the reduction of noise!  It can help soften the volume airborne noise, which is caused by stereos, talking, video games and tvs.  This is accomplished by sealing every crack and crevice that would allow these noises to travel to your ears.  It also reduces something called flanking noise, which happens when sound travels through spaces along plumbing pipes, electrical outlets, recessed lighting fixtures and framing connections.

Of course spray foam will also save you money!  Spray foam insulation allows heating and cooling systems tooperate at much more energy efficient levels by sealing all of the spaces where air can get into or out of buildings.  Spray foam insulation can help homeowners qualify for grants and tax credits too!

Watch this video that talks about the benefits of spray foam insulation:

If you have any questions please contact Carrig and Dancer at (253) 584-7704 or click here to visit our website for more information.