The link between spray foam insulation and termite activity

On Behalf of | May 4, 2021 | Construction Litigation |

Insulating your Alabama home enhances energy efficiency, saves money on heating and cooling bills and helps prevent condensation. However, depending on how you do it, it may also hide or encourage termite activity. When you insulate your home using spray foam insulation, it may lead to a host of costly problems.

Per Pest Control Technology, some termite removal companies have begun canceling customer warranties because the customers installed or had spray foam insulation in their homes. Why might spray foam insulation be problematic, and how might it make your termite warranty void?

How spray foam insulation increases termite risks

When you have fiberglass insulation in your roof or walls, pest control professionals remove the insulation briefly to check for termite infestations or signs of termite damage.  Pest control workers also typically check for signs of moisture leaks, which often attract termites and other pests. Spray foam insulation is not removable like fiberglass insulation is. This makes it impossible for pest control workers to identify these issues.

How termite damage impacts a home

Termite activity may have a significant impact on the structural integrity of your home. This may prove particularly true if it goes undetected. In severe cases, it may result in the walls, ceilings or roof of your home collapsing. Even if your home stays mostly intact, you may still experience damage to your floors or furniture.

While some pest control companies are voiding the warranties on homes that contain spray foam insulation, some are also refusing to work with new customers who have this type of insulation installed in their homes already.