Your thoughts on exposure to fiberglass insulation during remodel?
Hi, new member to these forums, hopefully I haven't skipped over some point of order regarding introductions.
My wife and I are in the middle of an addition and remodel of our own house. in the old part of the house, there are two rooms each with one OS wall with exposed fiberglass insulation, without kraft paper vb or plastic. In the 1000sf addition, all the OS walls have kraft-backed fiberglass insulation - no sheetrock yet. The addition ceiling has fiberglass insulation, but also has poly vb on the ceiling side.
This is a slow project - doing much of the work myself outside of my day job. The insulation has been in this state for almost 2 years. We will likely start drywall this winter, but it could be up to a year before it's all covered up.
Unfortunately, my wife has been noticing some coughing and getting out of breath easily. She has a dr appt in a few days, but in the meantime has been reading web sites and becoming convinced that breathing glass fibers is the cause.
Now, I take the fiberglass seriously, and always wear long pants and sleeves and a dust mask when working with it. But my take on it has been that as long as we're not disturbing the insulation, the fibers aren't coming loose and floating in the air.
What are your thoughts? Can fibers get stirred up simply from air movement from a FA heating system or open windows?
I don't want to risk our health, but my wife is freaking out a bit, and wants to completely change our project plan for the house to get the insulation covered ASAP.
Thanks for your feedback. Any references to relevant articles or web sites would be appreciated also.