Exposed fiberglass insulation is a more common problem than you may realize. In this blog, we’ll explore the dangers of uncovered insulation and what to do if you discover exposed insulation in your home.

Eastern Contractor Services has helped many clients throughout New Jersey address the problem, and we have the skills and experience to resolve the problem in your home. We understand your concerns and will always go the extra mile to help protect your family from the health hazards associated with exposed insulation.

The Safety Risks of Uncovered or Exposed Insulation

Exposed insulation installed in a crawl space.

Exposed insulation can cause a variety of problems that can significantly impact your health and comfort. The level of risk depends on the type of exposure, the duration of the exposure and the location of the exposed insulation in your home.

Exposed insulation in basements, attics and garages is the most common. However, this is also the least hazardous because these areas aren’t primary living areas — which means your exposure is minimal. Of course, if you have a hobby space, laundry area, bedroom, etc., in these areas, the risk of exposure is higher.

There are considerable risks associated with exposure to fiberglass insulation, so they should never be ignored if you have exposed fiberglass anywhere in your home. These hazards include skin, eye and lung irritation.

Fiberglass insulation particles can significantly irritate mucous membranes and cause considerable discomfort. More concerning, when inhaled, they can become lodged in the lungs and cause long-term respiratory issues.

I Found Exposed Insulation in My Home — Now What?

Exposed fiberglass insulation is not a problem you should ignore. If you discover exposed insulation, we recommend contacting a professional immediately.

We don’t recommend taking drastic steps such as trying to remove the insulation or applying temporary measures that would increase your exposure to fiberglass particles. It’s best to leave it alone and wait for an insulation professional to conduct a proper site survey to determine the best solution.

Several options can be applied to resolve the problem, but they all require hiring a professional to perform the work safely and effectively. These solutions include installing paneling or drywall, installing a poly membrane sheet to seal the insulation or installing flooring atop the insulation to secure it in place.

Expert Insulation Contractors in New York & New Jersey

Since 1974, Eastern Contractor Services has proudly served clients throughout the area. When you need insulation, waterproofing, firestopping and other services, you can depend on our expert contractors to perform the task quickly and to the highest quality standards.

We hire the best people so we can deliver the superior solutions you deserve. We take great care to protect your home and possessions and will always deliver the expert quality work you deserve.

Contact Eastern Contractor Services at (866) 446-7858 to schedule service in Bergen County, Hudson, Essex, Cape May, Rockland, and Union counties in New Jersey.

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