Some homeowners are trying to make the most of their damping foam.
They’re trying to avoid the foam’s reputation as a flammable substance, and are opting for a more non-flammable foam like cotton or polyurethanes instead.
The Jerusalem Post spoke with several residents of Israel’s Negev desert who have used both types of foam, some of them for years, and found they are both effective.
One of them, Aylin Albar, said that she had to make many changes to her home after the earthquake, and she found that the foam dampened the vibrations of her home’s air conditioner and water heaters.
“There was a tremendous amount of vibration,” she told the Jerusalem Post.
“The house felt very cold, very hot.
It was so hot that it made me cry.
It made a huge difference. “
I bought some wool blankets and I used them to cover the windows.
It made a huge difference.
I was able to calm down.”
Another resident, Shlomi Shpilman, said she was concerned that the noise from the noise-dampening foam might damage her home.
“After the earthquake I heard a lot about how loud the air conditioners and the water heat was.
I bought a small amount of this foam and I installed it.
I don’t want to say it was for comfort, but it was more for protection.”
Another problem with the sound dampeners, according to one Israeli homebuilder, is that they are not compatible with the noise reduction system that most homebuilders have developed for their buildings.
“If you put a sound dampener into a building that is already built, there is no way to use the sound treatment,” he told the Post.
He added that he has also encountered issues with homeowners who are using the sound-damping foam incorrectly, which could result in them having to replace it with something else.