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The adverse relationship between bugs and spray foam insulation

On Behalf of | Jan 23, 2019 | Firm News |

Living in the country’s Southern states comes with numerous benefits, but it also comes with bugs. The climate seems to increase their presence when compared to other parts of the country. More than likely, this is a primary reason why you started a pest control company here in Alabama.

One of the pervasive bug problems in this area of the country is termites. These wood-eating bugs can wreak havoc on a home, and when clients call you, they expect you to fix the problem right away. Unfortunately, you could encounter problems when spray foam insulation gets in the way of your inspection and treatment.

There’s a reason or two why spray foam insulation is popular

People like this type of insulation because insulating a home with it provides the owner with the numerous advantages listed below:

  • It won’t fill a home with harmful contaminants or break down over time like traditional insulation, which makes it environmentally friendly.
  • Since technicians spray it in, a homeowner can have even hard to reach or complicated spots in the home insulated. As an added benefit, this could reduce the cost of repairs since it “shores up” those spots and more.
  • It reduces the amount of moisture and allergens that get into the house, which could keep a homeowner and his or her family from illness.

Perhaps one of the biggest draws for this type of insulation is the cost since it helps keep a home climate controlled. All of this may be good for a homeowner, but could seriously complicate your job.

The pest problem with spray foam insulation

When a homeowner needs to determine whether his or her home has termites, he or she calls you. The first thing you need to do is look around to verify their presence. Spray foam insulation makes this a challenge since it often masks the pests’ activity and any damage already caused. Without knowing where to treat a problem, if one exists, the persistent pests could cause significant damage before you find them.

If termites are later found, the homeowner could attempt to hold you responsible. Even though you did the best you could under the circumstances, you may find yourself needing to defend yourself against such accusations. Before doing so, it would greatly benefit you to determine your legal options, including whether proceeding to court would even be necessary.