SPF Application Safety Precautions Before Using DIY Kits
Spray polyurethane foam is a highly useful roofing and construction material. It can seal air drafts and even serve as a high-quality siding. However, SPF kits are available from online retailers. While they might look easy to apply, they can put you and your household in an unsafe situation.
If you’re in an emergency and have to use SPF to seal a massive roof cavity a storm caused, you can take all the possible safety precautions below. However, we would like this list to serve as a precaution for anyone who intends to use DIY SPF kits and remind them of all possible dangers.
Diseases and Ailments You Can Encounter
You can imagine SPF as a small liquid spray that travels invisibly to the naked eye. While it’s relatively harmless in liquid form, isocyanates will remain stuck inside your nasal and lung cavities if you inhale it. Consequently, inhalers will suffer from ailments, including artificial asthma requiring particular surgical removal.
DIY SPF kits may have saved you money. However, without proper precautions, you can damage your lungs and cause breathing problems to yourself in the process. Admittedly, it will cost you a lot more in hospital bills than by just working with dependable and certified SPF applicators.
PPE and Masks Are Necessary
Any SPF installation team has their respective PPE, masks, and oxygen tanks (for long-term projects) upon arriving at any project site. The personal protective equipment (PPE) ensures their skin will not encounter SPF upon the first touch. Masks and goggles make sure their face has ample protection and visibility while applying the material during the project.
All DIY SPF kits you can buy online have the same dependability level as tank-stored SPF materials. Consequently, this means you will encounter the same dangers qualified and certified SPF applicators face. In this light, you need the same safety equipment to ensure no harm comes upon you.
Controlled Exposure Environments
You can’t leave anyone inside your house during DIY SPF installations. You’ll need to ask everyone to leave or stay somewhere else before you open your SPF kit. Additionally, it’s the applicator’s responsibility to make sure SPF applications don’t go out into the air risking neighboring houses to inhale the material.
Proper containment, ventilation, and controlled exposure environments are necessary. Suitably trained and educated SPF applicators can handle this effectively, especially those with exceptional track records, such as Ener Spray.
All SPF materials can cure between 24-48 hours, which is quick. However, you can’t ask anyone to sleep inside your home during the curing period. Doing so is a health compromise, which can lead to the fatal ailments we’ve mentioned earlier.
Lastly, SPF applicators must keep in mind that the material can migrate to different property areas without warning. Isocyanates stick effectively on most surfaces, but fragments can land in different areas. Once they cure, they’ll grow to double their size.
Don’t risk the danger of DIY SPF kits and use an applicator with tried and proven capabilities, such as us at Ener Spray. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.