Our house has an unfinished basement, which I use as a workshop. There is
pink insulation between the basement and first floor. Is there any reason
(health-wise) why this insulation should be covered with anything? Right
now, it's exposed. I know there's debate about how harmful it may or may
not be to work with, but if it's just sitting there between the joists
undisturbed, is there anything to be concerned about? TIA.
Nope, it is Owens Cornings brand of extruded polystyrene foam plastic. Same
material used in the meat packing trays and take out food containers. It is
treated with bromides to retard burning. There is no outgassing of any
Ed, that wacky tobacco is getting to you again. :-)
There is some unconfirmed concern about the glass fibers, but I don't
think you have much to worry about. Personally I would likely cover it if
it were mine, just to keep things cleaner and neater.
It probably gets disturbed every time someone walks on the floor upstairs.
I know the jury is still out on fiberglass exposure, but I personally
would feel "uncomfortable" with a source directly overhead.
Considering that cheap furnace filters are made out of similar materials and
if you open an portable or whole house ac unit you will see similar material
in the cabinet, I would not worry about it. If you were going to die from
it it is already too late.
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