What safety precautions should be taken during DIY installation?

Table of Contents

Ensuring safety during insulation home improvements is of utmost importance. Before undertaking the project, it is important to pay special attention to safety issues. 

Pest control treatment: If you are planning to have a pest treatment carried out, it is recommended that the insulation be done first to avoid crawling around on freshly laid chemicals.

Checking for Asbestos under your home: When undertaking the insulation project, it is crucial to be aware of the presence of asbestos under the floor. This is the most common risk associated with insulation home improvements. Simply removing the sheeting is not sufficient as asbestos fibres may be present in the soil and cannot be effectively removed. If you suspect or know that there is asbestos under your floor, it is important to get it tested through a simple and inexpensive process. By taking these safety measures, you can ensure a safe and successful insulation home improvement project.

Electrical risks: One critical issue is where wires are saddled to the side of the joists. In such cases, the insulation should be pulled aside a little and stapled through into the floor, avoiding any risk of stapling the wire while ensuring an electrician can still access it. 

If working in a ceiling space, it is more prudent to turn the electricity off while working in the attic space.  

If stapling insulation underneath your floor, ensure there is an RCD installed, use a double insulated stapler (NOT A HAND STAPLER), and never work alone.

How to Safely Test for Asbestos in and around Your Home

Here are the steps to test for asbestos fibres in soil:


Soil Testing: A qualified asbestos expert can take a sample of the soil and send it to a laboratory for testing. The sample should be taken from the top 15 cm of soil, and multiple samples should be taken from different areas of the property.


Laboratory Testing: The laboratory will analyze the samples using Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) or Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). This process can take a few days, and the laboratory will provide a report of the results.

It is important to note that only qualified asbestos experts should conduct the testing as they have the necessary equipment and training to ensure the safety of everyone involved. If asbestos is found, it is important to hire an experienced asbestos abatement contractor to remove and properly dispose of the material.