If you an area around your home that you need to seal to keep out air leaks, one of the best way to do so is by using an expanding foam insulation. Here are a few tips that will help you easily and accurately get as much as you can out of each can of expanding foam insulation that you use.
Use An Extension Tube To Extend Your Reach
Expanding foam insulation comes with a stiff straw that you can use to more precisely aim the foam. However, this stiff straw is generally rather short and doesn't offer you a lot of flexibility. If you need more flexibility, add ¼ inch extension tube on top of the stiff foam straw. This will allow you to reach locations that are harder to get to with your foam.
For example, you can use the extension tube to guide the foam behind a pipe or in between wooden studs in your basement. The extension tube allows you to get into harder-to-reach places with your expanding foam insulation that you couldn't get to with just the short, stiff straw.
Help The Foam Expand
When applying foam when it is not really humid outside, you are going to want to help the foam expand. The foam needs moisture in order to expand to its full size and cure properly. Before you apply the foam, use a spray bottle to gently mist the area where you want to put the foam. Don't soak the area; if it is too wet, the foam will not stick. Just get it a little wet; this will help the foam cure and expand at a faster rate.
Keep Acetone Nearby
As you work with the foam, keep a bottle of acetone nearby. If you get the foam somewhere where you don't want it, immediately grab the acetone and put it on the foam before it cures. If you do this before the foam cures, you should be able to remove the foam easily. If you don't get the acetone on fast enough, you'll have to scrape or sand off the misplaced foam, so keep the acetone close by as you work with the expanding foam insulation.
Make Sure You Check The Date
If you have had a can of expanding foam around in your garage or shed for a while, flip it over and check the expiration date on the bottom of the can before you it. If it is best its best by date, it is best to ditch the can and get a new one to ensure that the foam expands and cures properly and provides you with the protection that you are looking for.
For more tips, contact a company like Philo Insulation Co.