Is Exposed Insulation Dangerous?

Finding exposed insulation in your home can make you feel uneasy and leave you wondering if your home or health are at risk.

A variety of insulation types, including batt, cellulose and spray foam, are used in homes and pose little threat to residents. But for those exposed to fiberglass insulation, you may need to take some necessary precautions.

In this blog, the insulation experts at Installed Building Products of Miami cover the dangers of exposed insulation and what to do if you find uncovered insulation in your home.

The Safety Risks of Uncovered or Exposed Insulation

When it comes to the dangers of exposed fiberglass insulation, it primarily depends on where the insulation is in the home. For those who have exposed insulation in areas that you don’t spend time in — like unfinished basements or attics — there’s very little danger of health issues.

However, if fiberglass insulation is exposed in areas where your family does spend time, like a partially finished basement, garage or addition, this exposure can be dangerous.

Because small particles of fiberglass can float through the air, spending extended amounts of time around exposed fiberglass insulation leads to risks, including:

  • Skin irritation
  • Eye irritation
  • Respiratory issues
  • Increased risks for children

I Found Exposed Insulation in My Home — Now What?

person measuring the depth of pink fiberglass blown insulation in an attic.

If your Miami home has exposed insulation, it’s best to cover it as soon as possible to limit the risk of exposure. Possible solutions to uncovered insulation include:

  • Covering insulation with paneling or drywall
  • Sealing insulation with a poly membrane
  • Covering ground insulation with flooring

Expert Insulation Contractors in Miami

If your Miami home needs high-quality insulation services from experts in the field, call IBP of Miami. With over 30 years in the industry, we’re a trusted member of the local building community, and as part of the Installed Building Products Family of Companies, we’re proud to be partners with the nation’s second-largest insulation installer.

We offer a range of options for dealing with exposed insulation and other insulation issues, including insulation removal and sealing.

For all your insulation needs in Miami, trust your neighbors at Installed Building Products of Miami. Call (305) 929-8657(305) 929-8657 today.

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