Spray foam insulation is generally used by contractors to insulate pipes, seals in the home, and exterior pipe connections. These are not the only uses you have available to you, however. There are some home uses for insulation that you may want to think about if you are looking for a new project or unique way to seal a current project. Here are three of those uses and what you should know about each one.
Weather Sealing Projects
Over time, weather seals fade and become damaged. If this happens on your windows and doors, you may be left with drafts or areas where humidity can find its way into your home. This can cause energy efficiency issues as well as possible damage to the home. A quick-fix DIY project is to insulate these areas with a spray foam insulation. You can buy this in kits that are specifically designs for windows and doors, or use a simple and standard spray option. This will hold up for some time, but you may find that upgrading to a different weather seal option may be necessary down the road.
If you are running wires through your home, for example, Ethernet cable between two rooms, then you will likely need to drill through the wall at some point. You could simply run the cable through the hole and let the cords rest on the open hole. This doesn't look finished and can lead to insulation issues. Instead, consider filling in the gap between the cables and the hole with spray foam insulation. It will hold the cables in place and look finished.
You can find waterproof spray foam insulation specifically designed for certain pipes. For example, you may have PVC pipe throughout the home. If you want to make sure that the PVC faucet joints and pipe joints don't leak, you can use the spray foam insulation. It will hold the pipes together and provide a small form of insulation for the pipes. This is a quick fix, but it will get you by until you can have a plumber arrive with the proper insulation for the pipes.
These three DIY uses for spray foam insulation are ideas that can get you through tough times until a repair technician can arrive. Remember, you will need to sand and smooth the insulation after it dries. This will give it a clean and seamless appearance if you plan on painting or covering the project area. If you are ready to get started, visit your local hardware store for kit selections near you.Share