Take Precautions Before Installing Blown-in Insulation

January 28, 2015

You’ve heard the horror stories – in the television commercials by lawyers. People inhale asbestos, the material that used to be used in installation, and contract cancer.

However, today’s insulation is made of cellulose, which is more than 75 percent recycled paper fiber, fiberglass and rock wool. The use of asbestos, mostly in installation, was banned by the federal government in the late 1970s. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) partially lifted the ban in 1991, but restricted its use in insulation to less than one percent.

We at Capitol Machine recommend using cellulose, fiberglass and rock wool, which are blown into wall and antic spaces in homes and businesses. This is the most effective and thorough – and safe – method of insulation distribution, which as an investment produces very sizeable cost savings for home or business owners. Read earlier blogs to see the level of savings proper insulation brings.

Be Safe When Blowing Installation

Wear Protective Gear When Blowing in Insulation

As with any significant project involving home or business improvements or renovations, contractors should take adequate precautions to ensure the safety of workers and home and business owners. Performing a blown-in installation job is no different. Capitol Machine offers the finest and most powerful machines on the market and will outline four basic steps to ensure your clients will reap the benefit of this very worthwhile investment.

  1. Protect yourself: While properly using blown-in installation according to directions is safe and effective, accidents or misuse can lead to injuries. Workers should always wear protective eye wear, full-sleeved shirts buttoned at the collar and sleeves, gloves and a protective hat. Clothing should cover the user’s entire body. Although blown-in insulation is generally safe, it can cause allergic reactions in some or lead to itchy eyes or scratchy throats.
  2. Make room: Examine your surroundings. Don’t install insulation around stoves, stovepipes or electrical fixtures. These areas may be generating heat. Read the directions on our machines carefully. All appliances and heat-generating equipment should be approached with extreme care.
  3. Watch for wiring: Are you installing insulation in an old home or office? Have an electrician inspect the quality of outlets and wiring to avoid possible contact fires.
  4. Safety should be your highest priority: If insulators or workers have any questions, concerns or are unsure how to use your machines, they should wait until they have a thorough understanding and knowledge of how to use the equipment. Safety really does come first. And a good education leads to many more happy customers to come.

Did you find these tips helpful? Capitol Machine offers a wide variety of insulation machines, insulation blowers and insulation removal vacuums. We also have the experience and know-how to make your work effective, productive and safe. Contact us with questions or for more information.