As with any work you may be doing on your home, you can end up with a variety of problems and a big headache down the road if the work is not done properly. If you’re looking into having spray foam insulation installed in your home, you may have become familiar with odor-related issues. A foul-smelling odor is a potential side effect that can arise due to either improper installation or contractor error. Spray foam that is installed correctly will not have issues with odor.
All of our spray foam technicians are held to the highest standards of training. A qualified professional must be well-trained and familiar with all the myriad aspects related to spray foam insulation. In order to make sure that your spray foam insulation is installed correctly, it’s important that you hire a qualified contractor.
It is true that when the two components of spray foam mix and expand during installation, they do produce an odor which must be vented from the area. However, once the foam has the opportunity to cure properly, it no longer gives off any smell. It typically takes about 24 hours for any odors to dissipate completely.
Hire a Trustworthy Contractor
A reputable spray foam insulation contractor will be well versed with the manufacturer’s recommendations and will be sure to strictly adhere to these guidelines during the installation process. If your recent installation of spray foam has left you with a lingering foul odor, there are a few possible causes:
- Chemicals were improperly mixed
- Foam was sprayed on too thick
- Improper ventilation techniques (most common)
Due to the possibility of user error, many spray foam manufacturers will simply refuse to supply their products to contractors who are inexperienced. Some organizations are even working towards ensuring all spray foam contractors undergo standardized training.
Everyone knows that you tend to get what you pay for. You could try to hire a discount contractor under the table or attempt to do the job yourself, but you will be much better off paying the money for a spray foam insulation contractor who knows their stuff.
Aside from simply paying for materials and labor, when you hire an experienced contractor, what you are really paying for is their skills and expertise. You will be able to rest easy knowing that the job will be done properly the first time around. Attempting to install spray foam on your own can be a major hassle.
Homeowners should note that spray foam has the ability to deliver a completely airtight seal. Because of this, if you already have existing odor issues within your home, they may become more pronounced, as the airtight seal or not allow existing odors to escape. If you have any issues such as mold, or accumulation of rodent feces, they should be addressed before the application of spray foam to avoid any issues related to odor.
If you have any questions or concerns about how spray foam may work in your specific application, don’t be afraid to ask! You know a contractor has the experience to get the job done right if they are able to comprehensively answer any and all questions related to a specific project. With over 50 years of experience serving Coeur d’Alene and North Idaho, we will be happy to answer all of your questions.