Spray foam insulation is a lot like duct tape – it’s handy to have for a variety of situations. It turns out that you can use spray foam insulation all over your house for a lot more things than just insulating the walls or ceiling. Read on for 10 unusual uses for your leftover spray foam insulation so you can get your money’s worth.
1.) Fix a wobbly door. If you have a pull knob that wobbles and wiggles on a hollow bi-fold door, you can actually use spray foam insulation to fix the problem. Just shoot some insulation into the door through the screw hole, creating a solid back to which you can anchor the pull knob. In just a few minutes, you’ll have a solid closet door.
2.) Keep your lines quiet. When you flush the toilet, if you hear a rattling sound, it could be water going through plastic waste lines. Just spray some foam insulation around the pipes where they intersect with floor joists and you’ll suddenly have a much quieter and more pleasant bathroom experience.
3.) Create protective molds for breakables. Just spray some foam into a plastic bag, seal it, and press it on top of your valuables. In a few minutes you’ll have a custom form-fitting mold that will prevent breakage and will last for years to come.
4.) Use it in landscaping. Spray foam insulation is sticky and closed cell varieties are water resistant. Use it outdoors to sick landscaping rocks together to contain gardens or decorate your pool.
5.) Keep the squirrels out of the attic. If the feisty little critters are calling your home their own haven from winter weather, it’s time to show them they’ve outworn their welcome with a little spray foam insulation. Fill the gaps under the roof eaves with chicken wire and foam up the filler for incisor-proof barriers.
6.) Anchor windows. If you’ve recently replaced your windows, spray some foam around the frame of the replacement window to anchor it to the wall. As a bonus, this also prevents drafts around the frame of the window.
7.) Kill bees. If bees have built an unsightly nest on your property, don’t take chances with removing them. Make sure the bees die by spraying their nest with insecticide and then insulating the entrance with spray foam.
8.) Quiet your washing machine. Spray a little foam insulation on the wall where your washing machine hits and say goodbye to not-so-quiet spin cycles.
9.) Keep bugs out. If bugs have found their way into your garage, spray a little foam insulation between the back of the garage, the door jam and the stem wall. This will help guests from entering through the common entry point.
10.) Ned and bath – If you have a tub floor that gives when you step on it, add some reinforcement with spray foam insulation. Simply fill the tub with water so it reaches the maximum weight, then spray the space below the tub with insulation. That way, the tub will be fully supported at all times.