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Old 04-11-2009, 12:00 AM   #1
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Exposed fiberglass insulation in partially-finished basement


I have a partially finished basement in my condo that I bought four years ago, which I have been using for doing office work and occasionally working out, and spend a good amount of time there (probably an average of 6-12 hrs/day.)
The basement has a significant amount of exposed fiberglass insulation between the studs in certain areas that are not finished.

I have had increasing respiratory problems related to coughing, sneezing, stuff sinuses, throat problems, etc. since I had bought and moved into the condo about 4 years ago.
I also have a home theater setup with a projector in the basement. Usually I notice A LOT of small dust particles in the strong projector light beam, which I used to simply ignore before. However, doing a search on google I just read that these glowing small dust particles could be fiberglass dust.

Doing a search on google, I find that exposed fiberglass is listed as quite dangerous causing may respiratory problems in people. I also noticed since I've moved into this condo I A LOT of respiratory problems related to coughing, sneezing, stuff sinuses, and throat problems, etc.

I have a few questions and was wondering if someone could provide feedback:

a.) Is there an easy and quick way to fix the exposed fiberglass insluation problem and somehow seal it all off, or is the only solution to put drywall in the entire ceiling and finish the entire basement?

b.) Should I be worried about any long term effects from possibly breathing this stuff in for the last four years? I am really worried about any long term damage or cancer that could be caused by this over the last four years!!!!

c.) Are there any professional indoor air cleaning services that someone provides which I can use to test/clean the indoor air and fiberglass dust problem??

I would appreciate any help or information.


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Old 04-11-2009, 09:40 AM   #2
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you could cover with 6 mil poly to seal the fiberglass dust, which is very bad for you since it scratches you lungs. However exposed batt insulation is illegal and against fire codes. If this is a new condo go after the builder to complete the job. It must be covered with at least 1/2" drywall.


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