How to Deter Pests with Spray Foam Insulation

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I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a Discovery Channel junkie.  Just the other day I was watching an episode of Dirty Jobs, and guess what it was about?  You guessed it – Insulating.

Nope, not spray foam. It was cellulose (blown in recycled newspapers basically), and man, it WAS dirty.

That stuff was blowing everywhere. And they kept having to stop and clean before they could move on.

But, nothing looks dirtier to me than the clearly rodent-infested fiberglass pictured here.

As Matt over at BatGuys.com will attest, pest intrusions like the one pictured here are more common than you may think.  Thanks, BatGuys, for supplying this super gross photo!

But, the great news is that you can avoid this problem both now and in the future, by adding one simple Saturday morning item to your Spring Cleaning agenda – insulating your attic and/or crawlspace or basement with Foam it Green.

Foam it Green spray foam insulation resists pests of all kinds, in addition to drastically reducing your heating and cooling costs.  Not to mention, it’s super easy to install on any given Saturday morning, and it’s NOT a dirty job! ;-)

Do you have more questions? Give us a call at 800-516-0949 or drop us a line to help@guardianenergytech.com and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

Until then, happy saving… and staying clean, while you’re spring cleaning!

Photo Credit: www.BatGuys.com

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Can I use Spray Foam over Existing Wiring?

Foam It Green is Class I, ASTM-E84 fire retardant foam and can be sprayed over any wiring that isn’t bare.

To prevent the foam from expanding into outlets and junction boxes, I’d recommend taping any holes or areas where the foam could expand into the boxes with electrical tape (from the inside).

Once the foam is sprayed, remove the electrical tape and you’re good to go!

Do you have more questions? Give us a call at 800-516-0949 or drop us a line to help@guardianenergytech.com and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

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Will Spray Foam Insulation stick to a cement block wall?

This may be the number one question of the week, and the answer is… absolutely!

Properly applied Foam it Green should bond to anything that is not oily, wet, or extremely dirty, provided the temperature of the surface is 65-85 degrees F.  It may have some difficulty sticking to some super slick surfaces like some plastics, but the foam works great on metal, wood, cement, brick, block and so many other surfaces.

Have more questions? Just give us a call at 800-516-0949 or drop us a line to help@guardianenergytech.com and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

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Can I Get Exactly 1″ Cured Thickness in My Spray Foam Insulation?

Using spray foam insulation is not an exact science, so you will probably get some peaks and valleys in the foam.

This is perfectly normal, which is why we recommend that you plan accordingly and add 20% to your estimated needs.

By doing so, you’re sure to have enough foam to cover all the areas you need to spray.

Have more questions? Just give us a call at 800-516-0949 or drop us a line to help@guardianenergytech.com and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

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Which side was insulated with Foam It Green spray foam insulation?

Attic Insulation PictureFoam it Green spray foam insulation was applied somewhere – but where?  Can you see the difference in the two sides of the roof in this photo?

If you guessed the left side, you are correct!

It’s estimated that 40% of all air leakage goes up and out through the roof, and in the winter, that can not only lead to high energy bills, but also cold rooms below, and ice damming on the roof.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and this one shows that using Foam it Green in your attic can prevent heat loss, which will ultimately make your home more energy efficient and comfortable!

Have more questions? Just give us a call at 800-516-0949 or drop us a line to help@guardianenergytech.com and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

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Should I spray all the foam I need in one pass?

This is a common question. Should you spray all of the foam you need in one pass? Or layer it on?

Well, for proper bonding and expansion, it’s best to apply the foam in layers.  For our closed cell foam, spray on the foam lightly like paint (approximately 1/3rd inch in depth) and it will rise to 1 inch of cured foam.

For open cell foam, spraying a 1/3rd inch layer will rise out to about 2″ in cured depth.

Layering is better than spraying too much on in one pass, as that could cause the foam to sag (or drop if it’s overhead).  If you want more than one inch, let the first layer cure (roughly 15 minutes) and then spray another light coat over the top.

Have more questions? Just give us a call at 800-516-0949 or drop us a line to help@guardianenergytech.com and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

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What makes Foam It Green a “green” building product?

Besides our green foam color indicator, which lets you know you’re spraying at the proper 1:1 ratio, there are several reasons why Foam It Green really is a “green” building product:

* Foam It Green spray foam kits stop tremendous amounts of energy waste by sealing out air leaks.

* Foam It Green has a high insulation value – R-7 in just one inch!

* Guardian Energy Technologies, Inc. has balanced its carbon footprint by sponsoring clean energy and carbon reduction projects through TerraPass.

* Foam It Green minimizes transportation impact because it is 100% American made and ships from our location in Chicagoland, Illinois.

Did you know that our kits are so quick and easy to spray, you can knock out many types of projects on a Saturday morning, and be relaxing by lunch? Just give us a call at 800-516-0949 or drop us a line to help@guardianenergytech.com and we’ll help answer any questions you may have. Let’s get started!

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What is the R-value of Foam It Green Spray Foam Insulation?

Our standard closed cell fire-retardant formula provides an insulation value of R-7 per inch.  Our open cell fire-retardant formula provides an insulation value of R-3.6 per inch.

If you’re unsure which to use for your application, just let us know what type of project you’re working on and we’ll help you pick the perfect foam for the job!

Have more questions?  Just give us a call at 800-516-0949 or drop us a line to help@guardianenergytech.com and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

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Can I spray Foam It Green when it’s Cold Outside?

You betcha!

In fact, winter is a great time for easily identifying those places that need to be insulated, due to the more apparent cold drafts, cold floors, and such.  Our kits wont’ freeze in transit, and as long as the kits and the surfaces to be sprayed are within the right temperature range, you are good to go.

David from PA had great success spraying in chilly weather.  Here’s what he has to say about his project:

“We sprayed when the outside temp was zero degrees, the room was 75-80 degrees.  We followed directions on the video and it came perfect.  Thank you for a great product.”

Have more questions? Or are you ready to knock out the cold once and for all with an easy insulation project this weekend? Just give us a call at 800-516-0949 or drop us a line to help@guardianenergytech.com and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

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Can I install spray foam insulation with the furnace on?

It’s cold outside, and your furnace is probably on. But, you also need to install your Foam it Green.

So, can it be installed with the furnace on?

This question was posed to us recently, and we figure it probably applies to many during this season.

Here is your answer…

Once you’ve gotten the room and surfaces you’ll be spraying up to the proper temperature, all heaters and electrical equipment should be turned off.

You should not spray Foam It Green while smoking, or around open flames or electrical equipment that could spark.

Have more questions? Or are you ready to knock out the cold once and for all with an easy insulation project this weekend? Just give us a call at 800-516-0949 or drop us a line to help@guardianenergytech.com and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

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