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4 Misconceptions about Icynene® Insulation Dangers

About Icynene

House-image-icyneneAs Icynene® insulation contractors, at Mass Foam Systems, we receive a lot of questions about Icynene® problems often read online. Our priority is to ensure that our customers are happy and healthy with their spray foam insulation. To put your mind at ease, we’ve analysed the many articles we’ve found online about Icynene® spray foam problems & dangers and cleared up 4 key misconceptions

Icynene – 4 Misconceptions

1. Leftover Icynene® is deposited in landfills

The Icynene® Problem: When Icynene® is applied it expands, and when it overflows the extra material needs to be removed. This leftover Icynene® is then deposited in landfills, which is harmful to the environment.

The Icynene® Solution: Leftover Icynene®, which is unlikely if applied properly, will be disposed of according to local regulations. It is placed in a container and disposed of via a licensed waste disposal contractor, who will comply with the requirements of environmental protection. Icynene® is also an environmentally safe product that does not contain any CFCs, HFAs, HCFCs, Formaldehyde or volatile organic compounds. Icynene® is a totally inert product and will not contaminate any ground in which it is deposited. Icynene are actively looking at new uses for waste foam including soil aeration and irrigation.

2. Icynene® produces unpleasant odours

The Icynene® Problem: Icynene® off gassing produces unpleasant odours, such as a chemical smell, when it is applied, especially if not applied properly.

The Icynene® Solution: An official statement from Icynene® concluded, ‘Icynene® spray foam insulation has been tested extensively for off-gassing by several reputable third-party laboratories, regulators, and research institutions – for example, Berkeley Analytical Labs, Home Innovation Research Labs (formerly NAHB Research Labs), the Collaborative for High Performance Schools in California, the University of Saskatchewan, the International Code Council – Evaluation Service, and the Canadian Construction Materials Centre. Again, once Icynene® spray foam is cured, the house or building is safe for re-occupancy (following specified re-occupancy and ventilation guidelines). So, there is no reason to worry about “off-gassing” of Icynene® spray foam insulation beyond the exclusion period.’

3. Icynene® produces mould problems

The Icynene® Problem:  Water can pass through Icynene® spray foam insulation to the room, leading to condensation, dampness and Icynene® mould problems.

The Icynene® Solution: The Encyclopaedia of building and environmental inspection concluded that mould is not found in Icynene®. As part of Icynene®’s European Technical Approval process the product was tested for the growth of mould, it passed this test and has no food value for mould spores to germinate.

4. Icynene® exposes people to harmful chemicals

The Icynene® Problem: If any spray foam insulation isn’t fully ‘cured’, it could still contain ‘uncured’ isocyanates which could induce the risk of asthma, lung damage, breathing problems, sensitization and skin or eye irritation.

The Icynene® Solution: All Icynene® spray foam contractors such as Mass Foam Systems will ensure that the job site is vacated and ventilated whilst the spray is applied and for at least 2 hours after, which will ensure that the spray foam insulation components are completely cured. Once this has occurred, there is no risk of Icynene® health issues or problems! Spray foam insulation has existed for over 25 years and when properly applied by approved installers, there are no known incidents of serious illness due to exposure.

Icynene – Reviews

Take a look at some of the reviews Icynene has received so far:

To help put your mind at ease, Icynene® spray foam is fully accredited by the BBA, ETA and the IAB, the three most important building regulations certificates. It has also been tested and approved by AMICA (The European Association for Environmental Chronic Toxic Injury). Speak to one our Icynene® insulation contractors at Mass Foam Systems directly for more information on 0800 246 5051 or get an instant quote.

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