Quick facts: What is UFFI?

Urea-formaldehyde, also known as urea-methanol is a non transparent thermosetting resin or plastic, made from urea and formaldehyde heated in the presence of a mild base such as ammonia or pyridine. These resins are used in adhesive, finishes, MDF, and moulded objects. The resins attributes include high tensile strength, flexural modules and hear distortion temperature, low water absorption, high surface hardness, and resistance.

Urea-formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI) started being used in the 1950’s. In the 1980’s, concerns began to develop about the toxic formaldehyde vapour emitted in the curing process, as well as from the breakdown of old foam. Consequently, its use was discontinued.

A UFFI analysis can be conducted for approximately $55.00. Should either of the above lab analyses come back positive, there are many reputable Niagara insulation abatement firms who are available for safe, professional, insulation removal, disposal and replacement?

Information provided by Niagara Analytical Laboratories, Progress St, Niagara Falls.