SPFA Releases Updated Termite Guidance Document and New Video

SPFA Releases Updated Termite Guidance Document and New Video

In October 2017 the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance and the ACC-CPI Spray Foam Coalition published a guidance document on the application of SPF near the foundation-framing area of wood-framed buildings. Since this original publication, the SPF industry met with several pest management professionals at conferences in Alabama and Georgia. Based on feedback from these meetings, as well as review of the document by termite experts and member of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) the SPFA-SFC termite document has been revised.

The key revisions include more emphasis on visual inspection methods as the primary means for early subterranean termite detection, with the use of non-visual inspection methods such as acoustic emissions and infrared imaging to play a secondary supporting role to these visual inspections. It is noted that several states legally require visual inspections to complete real estate transactions.

To facilitate visual subterranean termite inspections, the revised document includes installation options that insulate the underside of the subfloor for unconditioned attics and crawlspaces, as well as insulation of the foundation-framing interface and interior of the foundation wall with a either a continuous application of SPF or a discontinuous application that allows visual inspections. Builders and homeowners are encouraged to discuss these SPF insulation options with their pest management professional.

The updated termite document, entitled “Spray Foam Insulation and Subterranean Termites in Basements and Crawlspaces” is available for download from the SPFA website at www.sprayfoam.org   There is also a short animated video that discusses the importance of insulation and air sealing at the foundation-framing area and how SPF can be properly installed to allow for termite inspections, which can be viewed here: here

This is an ongoing issue, please contact SPFA Technical Services Department with information or questions related to this topic.

Get the updated document here.

SPFA believes that the path to a healthful, safe, high-quality and performing SPF installation travels through the hands of a knowledgeable, trained, experienced, and ideally PCP-certified professional contractor.