Toxic Spray Foam Leading to Health Problems?
Marketed as "green" and "non-toxic", the SEALECTION spray foam insulation contains two sets of highly toxic compounds which are brought together in a spraying apparatus handled by an installer who applies the material into an attic, wall or similar area of property. When applied, the resulting foam is supposed to become non-toxic. The Demilec lawsuit claims, however, that due to a number of defects, the toxic chemical compounds combine to create a toxic substance which continues to "off-gas" after installation. "Off-gassing" is said to create irritants which can lead to health problems in occupants of homes and buildings with the spray foam insulation. These problems may include:
Many of the chemical compounds found in the spray foam insulation are classified as hazardous by OSHA. The plaintiff in the lawsuit had the air in her home tested after the spray foam was installed and claims that elevated levels of formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds were noted.
- Neurological issues
- Eye, nose, skin and throat irritations
- Respiratory and breathing problems