UFFI, so how does it affect me?
As a Seller, you need to understand that any warranty you provide survives closing. So, you should only make representations within your personal knowledge. If you have purchased a home with known UFFI, or, have remedied a home of UFFI, be sure you have home certification to back it up.
As a Buyer, you want to ensure that any warranty ‘to the best of the Seller’s knowledge’ is not a guarantee that the home does not contain UFFI. You too will be called upon if and when you go to sell that home, so, it is important to do your homework before purchase.
Some Home Inspectors have the training or experience to identify UFFI. There are also indicators that can alert you to the possibility… if you suspect this material has been used. For one, the age of the home. Only homes built prior to 1980, and more commonly in homes built 1975-1978, will contain this form of insulation. Look for small patched holes (1/2″ – 3/4″) at regular intervals on the exterior or interior walls. You may also find the foam peeking out from behind joists (in unfinished basements), around electrical outlets, or, behind switch plates.
It is always very strongly recommended that you consult a professional in this field to determine the presence and scope of any UFFI in the home. Though remediation is not deemed as necessary in most cases, any remediation should only be carried out by properly licensed contractors in the field. Only they can ensure all provincial, federal and local codes, standers and regulations are met and that all appropriate permits have been obtained.
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