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How can I reduce the formaldehyde released by the fiberglass insulation in the walls of my unfinished basement?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Feb 01, 2012 01:01 AM
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I recently purchased a home with an unfinished basement. The builder has already installed fiberglass insulation batts between the exterior and interior wall studs, as well as the ceiling joists of the basement. The exterior walls are also covered with a vapor barrier (6 mil. polyethylene sheeting) as specified by residential building codes in my area. The interior walls of the basement have nothing covering the insulation.While it's nice that the basement is already insulated, I'm concerned about IAQ, particularly with regard to formaldehyde. I'm currently finishing the basement, and I'm ready to sheetrock the walls. Is there a way to "cover" the insulation prior to installing the sheetrock that will further reduce formaldehyde when my basement is eventually finished? Would installing the same 6 mil. polyethylene plastic sheeting over the insulation in the interior walls help to reduce formaldehyde offgassing? Thank you so much for your time and experti




 

 

I recently purchased a home with an unfinished basement. The builder has already installed fiberglass insulation batts between the exterior and interior wall studs, as well as the ceiling joists of the basement. The exterior walls are also covered with a vapor barrier (6 mil. polyethylene sheeting) as specified by residential building codes in my area. The interior walls of the basement have nothing covering the insulation.While it's nice that the basement is already insulated, I'm concerned about IAQ, particularly with regard to formaldehyde. I'm currently finishing the basement, and I'm ready to sheetrock the walls. Is there a way to "cover" the insulation prior to installing the sheetrock that will further reduce formaldehyde when my basement is eventually finished? Would installing the same 6 mil. polyethylene plastic sheeting over the insulation in the interior walls help to reduce formaldehyde offgassing? Thank you so much for your time and experti

Jesse,

The amount of formaldehyde in insulation is far less than it used to be and some insulations are made formaldehyde-free.

You can buy a do-it-yourself test kit (google formaldehyde test kit)...



 

 

 
 
 

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