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Why does my house smell bad after spray foam installation? Botched spray foam job and corrections

A bad spray foam job can really stink. Installing spray polyurethane foam insulation, even in an already occupied home, usually just results in greater comfort, increased energy-savings, and more homeowner happiness. But a botched spray foam install can be a whole different kettle of fish. In fact, it might even smell like a kettle of …

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Pitfalls of spray foam insulation gone wrong

Spray foam insulation is often called a miracle product. But if you allow an improperly trained/uncertified/incompetent/just-plain-lazy contractor to do your installation, you may end up needing a whole other kind of miracle!  Spray foam insulation gone wrong can be a costly mistake, not only financially but a health hazard also.  The spray foam product itself …

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What your HVAC contractor needs to know about your new home

Is my home airtight? An airtight home is an ideal home, and spray polyurethane foam is the hands-down best way to make a home as airtight as possible. Unlike fiberglass or other “fluffy” insulation materials, it provides a genuine, consistent air barrier. That air barrier provided by spray foam prevents uncontrolled movement of air that …

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Will spray foam prevent outside pollutants from entering my home?

Ah, Spray Polyurethane Foam. How do I appreciate thee? Let me count the ways. This may sound silly but when you get the results of: Lower energy costs Seal cracks/voids with no settling or shrinking Reduce noise Provide greater climate comfort Increase structural strength Deter pests Lower my carbon footprint (Wow. That’s a lot of ways.) …

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What do insulation contractors learn from blower door tests

How airtight is your home? Like oil and vinegar, energy efficiency and air leaks just don’t mix. While a home can never be too airtight, there’s probably never been a home that’s 100% airtight. Blower door testing allows your insulation contractor to figure out precisely how airtight — or leaky — your home really is. …

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