UFFI Inspection & Removal
What is UFFI?
Urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI) was a popular home insulation product that was primarily used in the 70s and 80s. It’s an expanding foam insulation mix that was pumped into building cavities that weren’t previously insulated.
It was later banned from usage because it can release harmful gases that can cause a wide variety of health complications from prolonged exposure. Health issues causes by UFFI exposure can range from skin rashes and headaches to respiratory problems and more. Not only did UFFI present considerable health concerns, one of the biggest issues with UFFI is its considerable shrinkage overtime. Contact the UFFI removal specialists at All Clear Environmental to inspect your home and determine whether or not you require UFFI removal services.
Does UFFI Have to be Removed?
UFFI should be removed if it shows any signs of deterioration, exposure to water, or if fungus is present. Moisture is the primary cause of most complications with UFFI as it causes it to break down. The urea and formaldehyde resins start to lose their bonds and begin to deteriorate. This makes for a less than ideal insulating material.
If your home has UFFI, an alternative to removing it is properly containing it, controlling the humidity levels in your home, and improving ventilation to avoid fungus and water deterioration complications.
UFFI Testing & Inspections
The abatement experts at All Clear Environmental can help you determine if UFFI removal is necessary for your home or building. If you suspect that your insulation contains UFFI, our team can inspect your home and conduct a dosimeter test to determine formaldehyde levels.
All Clear Environmental has the trained, licensed, and qualified personnel to take care of all your UFFI removal needs – for both residential and commercial properties. If abatement is necessary, our team can get to work as soon as possible and help you find a safer and more effective insulation alternative. Contact us today to book a consultation and for our team to inspect your home or property for UFFI.
UFFI Removal FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
What is UFFI?
UFFI is a type of insulation that’s made up from urea-formaldehyde resin, which is a foaming agent that was commonly used for home insulation in the 1970’s. It was banned in the 1980’s due to health concerns.
Is UFFI dangerous?
With initial use, UFFI was dangerous because it would emit formaldehyde gas. However, any UFFI danger that was present when being installed in a home is long gone. The main issue with UFFI insulation today is that it’s not as efficient as other insulation methods and is prone to deterioration and dissolving when exposed to moisture.
Why was UFFI banned?
UFFI insulation was banned due to the release of formaldehyde has during the mixing and curing process. Even if installed and mixed properly, UFFI would give off formaldehyde gases for roughly a day or two after installation. If installed improperly, it could give off harmful gases for longer periods of time. The Canadian government banned the insulating material under suspicion that it was causing a health risk to Canadians.
How do I know if my house has UFFI?
Although the most accurate and effective way to determine whether or not you have UFFI insulation in your house is to work for trained and qualified professionals, there are a few indicators that could help you determine its presence in your home.
If your home was built after 1980, it means that your home definitely does not have UFFI in it because of the ban on the insulating material. Also, one of the best ways to determine if your home has UFFI insulation is to look for little holes in between the brickwork of your home – these holes are typically filled with silicone.
If you are unsure about the presence of UFFI in your home, you can contact All Clear Environmental to book an inspection and an air quality test to determine whether you have UFFI and whether it could be emitting harmful gases or not.
Does UFFI impact the sale value of your home?
In today’s housing market, it’s worth knowing every detail and potential drawback of your home – including the presence of UFFI. Working with an experienced real estate agent will help you determine whether or not UFFI will impact the future resale of your home. In most cases, it should not impact the value of your home but it’s important to disclose any and all information regarding the potential presence of UFFI.
What should you do if you find UFFI?
If you find UFFI in your home, it’s important to work with qualified professional to do an air quality testing in your home to see if you are exposed to formaldehyde gases or not. We encourage homeowners to reach out to UFFI experts before trying to do any DIY solutions.
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