Spray foam insulation is an excellent option for your next construction project. It’s got a high R-value and is structurally supportive. You can apply it yourself with the right tools and expertise. Read on to learn five tips for using it yourself.
The Components You’ll Need to Succeed
If you are putting spray foam insulation in your house yourself, you will usually use a kit. The kit comes with everything you need to apply foam where you need it. It typically includes a tank that holds the material as well as a hose and nozzle for application.
In addition to a kit, you’ll need to stock up on all the required safety equipment. This includes goggles, a full-length protective suit, gloves, a respirator, and some shoes you don’t care about.
Don’t Spray a Wet Surface
Another tip for your project is don’t spray a wet surface. That’s because the material won’t stick to a surface if it is moist. It may hold if the moisture level is relatively low. But to be safe, try only to use dry surfaces.
Pro tip: If you can’t tell how wet a surface is just by looking, you can use a moisture meter to test it.
Do a Test Spray First
Before you spray for the first time, try out the tool with a practice run. This is true for any significant construction work you take on. Aim it at a box you don’t need anymore and make sure the chemicals come out correctly.
As you work, please pay attention to the nozzle and its pressure. You may have to replace the nozzle once or twice during the application process, which is normal. You should find extra tips in your kit.
Protect Your Windows
If you plan to put spray foam insulation in a room with windows, make sure to cover them adequately. You will want to staple plastic sheeting to the framing of your windows. Also, cover your outlet boxes and switches with tape to protect them from the foam.
What Happens if You Come in Contact With It
When you are using this type of material, you must wear protective clothing. Even if you do everything you can, though, sometimes, accidents happen. You may come in contact with it and create a mess. If this happens, don’t panic. If you are wondering how to remove spray foam insulation from your hands, hair, and skin, the process is simple. You can remove it while it is still wet or after it has dried. There are specific approaches for each.
Removing Foam While It Is Still Wet
If you get some material on your skin, your first instinct is to wipe it off. But it has a mind of its own, and that tactic may make the situation worse. The best thing to do if you want to remove wet material is to use acetone. After you use acetone to break down the content, make sure to clean and moisturize the affected area.
Removing Foam After It Has Dried
After you spray the insulation, it will eventually dry or “cure.” Once this happens, it is easy to peel the dried material off of your skin. If it doesn’t come off completely the first time, you can also exfoliate the area.
A word of warning: this method may take body hair with it. If you accidentally get spray foam insulation in your hair, it may be tricky to remove. Wait until it has thoroughly dried and then break apart as much of it as you can.
Remember, always do your research before working with harsh chemicals. When in doubt, contact a professional.