What to do if your SPF is off gassing.

I wish I had an easy answer for everyone who has been in contact with me about a SPF horror story.

Nothing about having SPF that  is off gassing is easy.  It is overwhelming to say the least to realize your largest asset and your health are in limbo.  It is very worse when people tell you SPF is safe and you are ‘just sensitive.’

If you are sick from your home take action:

Recommendations from our personal and others experience are as follows:

-Contact the Installer and SPF company.

-Contact an Industrial Hygienist with experience in SPF or isocyanates.

-Get your own IAQ and SPF chamber tests

-Do NOT allow any removal of foam unless done in a controlled fashion (the dust is a dermal and respiratory sensitizers )

-consider legal help, so far the SPF companies only do so much then you are on your own.

-Be cautious of advice from industry specialists as most will defend SPF and erroneously declare that the off gassing is only a “nuisance” odor.

-Keep all info you send and the info sent from the SPF company organized and easy to access.

-Agree or disagree only in writing.

For more info, contact me at foamproblem@gmail.com

 

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Dallas Law Firm ClineSmith Wooten Smith Helping SPF Homeowners in US&Canada.

Clinesmith Wooten Smith: 1-855-898-7800 (Toll Free)

http://www.clinesmithwootensmith.com/spray-foam/

Injuries From Exposure to Spray Polyurethane Foam
Prolonged or high-dose exposure to the toxins found in SPF, including isocyanates, may result in a myriad of health problems. Severe breathing problems and skin reactions have been reported, as well as neurological symptoms such as memory loss. SPF has been found to cause respiratory illness, asthma, lung damage, and even respiratory sensitization.

Sensitization is an allergic reaction where an individual becomes more responsive to chemical exposure at progressively lower concentrations, even below concentrations considered safe for most people. A hyper-reactive response, such as an asthma attack, to even minimal concentration, may develop in sensitized individuals and can be life-threatening. Lung damage and sensitization may be permanent. Thus, those who become sensitized may be unable to reside in their homes or even come into contact with products or materials that contain polymeric isocyanates without having a severe reaction. Removal of SPF may provide little relief. Removal or remediation has in some cases intensified the original harmful affects of the spray foam insulation.

Contact Us  1-855-898-7800 (Toll Free)
If you have spray foam insulation in your home and you, or someone you know has experienced any of the above symptoms, contact our law firm for an immediate free consultation. We have extensive experience in pursuing toxic and mass tort claims across the country and we are working closely with other experienced attorneys practicing nation wide to help those impacted by the harmful affects of toxic exposure to spray foam insulation. We are pursing claims on behalf of clients throughout the United States and we look forward to speaking with you about your legal rights.  1-855-898-7800 (Toll Free)

Alters and Pravato stand up to Demilec.

2012-10-04 12:00:00 AM
Miami attorney Jeremy Alters said he is going to do to spray polyurethane foam insulation what plaintiffs lawyers did to Chinese drywall — make the manufacturers and installers pay for the homes and lives they ruined.
The Alters Law Firm filed five federal lawsuits in recent months over the summer against manufacturers and installers, starting with a complaint filed in Miami against Demilec USA LLC and Masco Services Group Corp. in May. Others are about to be filed across the nation in the next few weeks.
The lawsuits claim the insulation foam contains carcinogens, such as formaldehyde and isopropylene, that can cause respiratory illness and distress.
Alters said he expects the lawsuits, like with the numerous Chinese drywall cases, eventually will be consolidated for pretrial issues either in a multidistrict litigation action or mass tort action in front of one federal judge.
Tainted Chinese drywall led to homes stinking of sulphur and the corrosion of metal in air conditioners, appliances and other household items. Homes built during the housing boom had to be gutted to the studs. Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin, the top supplier of the drywall, has settled numerous lawsuits around the country for at least $800 million.
“It is very unfortunate what has happened to many homeowners with the installation of defective Chinese drywall, and we believe that the installation of this specific spray foam insulation can even be as widespread, or even more widespread, than Chinese drywall,” Alters said.
Spray polyurethane foam insulation — known in the construction industry as SPF — came into vogue in the last decade, also during the housing boom. The insulation is a semi-rigid substance created by the chemical reaction of two sets of compounds combined at the worksite. It is sprayed into walls and attics by an installer wearing a breathing apparatus.
When applied, the foam is supposed to become inert and nontoxic, but the Miami lawsuit claimed that doesn’t occur “given the exacting set of installation requirements and inadequate training and installer certification methods.”
Installers mix the compound at construction sites.
“It’s supposed to be mixed at a temperature of 212 degrees Fahrenheit in a sterile clean environment,” Alters said. “It doesn’t work. It becomes toxic.”
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The Lydecker Diaz firm in Miami is representing Demilec. Attorneys at the firm had no comment or did not respond to emails on the pending lawsuits.
A call for comment to the Arlington, Texas-based company was not returned by deadline.

No End in Sight for Spray Foam Problems

Goodness.  Over the past two weeks I have been contacted by 5 families living in hotels or rentals because they feel sick inside their spray foamed homes.

As an update: Lawsuits are being filed from three (at least) different firms against manufactures such as Demilec, Icynene and Bayer (to name the top few).

Some families are being paid small amounts compared to what they have lost and have to sign all future rights away.

My roster of foam families keeps growing yet foam companies still have the nerve to deny any issues.

Here is the topper…Dave Lall told me during our phone conversation that it is the installers fault; he even used an analogy of installers cutting corners and hoping not to get caught in order to save money with a guy at a bar taking the last drink his friends bought him before driving drunk home and hoping not to get caught.

Classy Dave, nice work for a CEO.

Also, It is somewhat satisfying to hear that my little blog sends your lawyers to court looking to find ways to get my communications with others.  Perhaps you should spend the time and money on helping people forced out of their homes because they used your product instead of in court asking for my emails!

 

 

 

 

I suppose this is how it works.

 

 

 

 

Hmmm, Lots of Damage Control Going On Among The SPF Companies Lately

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