If you’re ready to tackle spray foam insulation, you’ll need to be prepared with a working knowledge of how to use spray foam insulation kits. Knowing how to use the kits to get the job done right is the first step in creating a more comfortable home atmosphere. You can save a lot of time and money by doing your homework and applying the foam the right way the first time around. Follow these steps to use your kit correctly to achieve the best results.
1.) Check the temperature of the materials. You’ll want to check the surface temperature and the foam insulation kit tanks to make sure they’re between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If either is too cool, use a heater to warm it. If either is too warm, wait for it to cool.
2.) Prepare the area you plan to insulate. Clean the surface, taking care to remove all dust and debris before you apply the foam. If there is anything on the surface, the spray foam won’t stick and could pull away, causing air pockets and reducing the insulating value. Make sure the area is also dry before beginning.
3.) Prepare the equipment. You’ll need to use a wrench to attach the hose to the spray foam insulation kit tank. Once attached and tightened, you’ll need to open the valves by turning them counter clockwise. If needed, a small wrench can help with this task as well.
4.) Put on your safety equipment. Before you start spraying, it’s time to get on all of your personal protective equipment. Get your goggles, gloves, respirator and Tyvek suit on and have a friend or partner check that your skin, eyes, mouth and nose are all well-covered.
5.) Apply the foam insulation. Spray a thin layer of foam onto the surface you wish to insulate. In general, you can apply spray foam insulation in a manner similar to spray paint. A small layer will go a long way.
6.) Let it dry. Let the foam rise, set and dry. This usually takes about half an hour. Once the foam is dried, the application is complete.
7.) Check your work for any missed spots or gaps. Once you’re done applying the foam and it has hardened, check over the area to make sure you didn’t miss any spots. Missed spots result in poor insulation power. If you find a missed spot, apply more foam.
8.) Clean up. Clean the foam in the reverse order that you set it up. Shut off the valve, detach the hose and nozzle. Store excess foam and the machine in a place away from children or animals. Leftover chemicals can be used at a later date, be sure to note the expiration date. Look for a cool, dry area that is well away from any sources of heat or combustibles. If you’ve used the foam up, look for local disposal options near you. You can’t dispose of spray foam tanks or chemicals in your regular trash.