A growing threat…

Yet another homeowner finds themselves dealing with toxic foam.

Longwood, Florida – Action 9 exposes a growing threat to local homeowners that could be far more toxic than Chinese drywall.

At least a dozen families now claim foam insulation installed to save energy choked their homes with dangerous gas. Some have been forced out of their homes.

Are you worried about your spray foam insulation?

If you are concerned that your home spray foam insulation is making you feel sick or has an odor,  is crusty or too soft or irritates your eyes, throat, chest, head or gives you body aches, or are coughing while in your home, it is time to get an inspection.

Not all foam looks bad to be bad.

If you feel sick in your home and you have spray foam insulation, please contact us at foamproblem (at) gmail.com

We can provide you with referrals in your area that understand SPF.

Bette to know if your home is a bath of SPF off gassing before more damage is done.

 

 

Do You Have Spray Foam?

Itchy, burning irritated eyes, headache, chest pain, sore throat, running nose, increased mucus in head/throat, breathing problems, cough, bronchitis, skin rash are some of the common complaints from families living in a home with spray foam insulation.

Does your home have a sweet almost chemical like smell that intensifies in the heat (attic on a hot day).  Some foams are fishy smelling.  Spray foam is NOT suppose to have an odor so if it does you may need to start asking questions.

Do your symptoms go away if you leave your home for awhile?  If so – you may have a problem with your foam.

Looking at your foam can sometimes help determine a problem because of physical characteristics, but lots of problem foam homes have ‘ok’ looking foam.  Well, ‘ok’ until tested in a chamber to see the gross amount of chemicals that ooze out at low temps of only 73 degrees.

Is your foam sticky, soft and wet or dry and flaky?  Is it a cream color or yellow/orange?  Is the color consistent or marbled?

Do you smell areas more than other areas?  try cutting a mason jar sized piece out and put it in a mason jar, close it up for a day then smell it.  Is it potent or no odor?  If the whiff test makes your nose cringe, you very well may have a problem.

Did the installer ventilate your home while installing?  Did the put a warning sign on your property to stay out for 24-48hr post spray (and during spray)?

If you think your foam is off gassing (yes, that means if it has a smell and sometimes the smell can minimal, but if you have symptoms as stated above with or without the smell) it is best to act sooner than later.  We do not know the long term affects from SPF that is not inert.  However it is well publicized that the chemical that make up SPF are all very dangerous and many are classified as carcinogens.  So its better safe than sorry to have your SPF looked at and you indoor air to be tested if you even suspect you may have something wrong with your spray foam.

Contact me at foamproblem@gmail.com or leave a message on this blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even Bayer talks about the dangers of SPF:Potential Health Effects of Overexposure

Link

Taken from BayerCare

“a-Side
Inhalation of MDI vapor and/or aerosol,
at elevated levels (above OELs), has the potential to cause adverse health effects. Possible effects on the respiratory system can include the following: irritation of the nose, throat, and lungs, causing runny nose, sore throat, coughing, tightness in the chest, and shortness of breath. The development of other respiratory conditions, such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, also are possible, but uncommon.
Respiratory tract sensitization (i.e., the development of asthma) is also possible
as a result of overexposure. Symptoms of sensitization include chest tightness, shortness of breath, coughing, and/or wheezing. These symptoms can be delayed up to several hours after exposure. Sensitization can be permanent,
and extreme asthmatic episodes can be life threatening. Some MDI sensitized individuals can experience asthmatic episodes upon exposure to cold air, dust, or other airborne substances, a condition known as nonspecific bronchial hyperresponsiveness. There is
also evidence, though limited, that repeated overexposures to MDI can lead to reduced lung function.
MDI contact with skin can cause irritation and sensitization effects. The signs of both are similar and include reddening, itching, swelling, and rash. However, in the case of sensitization, these signs can be elicited from only a very
small exposure. Furthermore, animal tests and other research indicate that skin contact with isocyanates can play a role in causing isocyanate sensitization and respiratory reaction.

Eye contact with MDI vapor or liquid
can cause reddening, tearing, stinging, and/or swelling of the eyes. Conjunctivitis also
can occur.

B-Side
The chemicals contained within the B-side typically do not have established OELs; however, contact with these components can potentially produce adverse health effects.
The majority of the B-side is comprised of polyols which, in most cases, present minimal hazard from inhalation or skin contact. Further, while some of the other components of the B-side have greater potential to cause adverse health effects, their ability to cause such effects is diminished, because they are typically present at low percentages in the B-side.
Exposure to elevated airborne levels of blowing agent can result in irritation causing coughing, sore throat, and runny nose. Overexposure can also result in cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). Skin contact is only slightly irritating. Eye contact with liquid or mist may result in slight irritation. In addition, if sufficient blowing agent is released into a
reducing exposure
There are several protective measures that can be taken to effectively reduce exposure.
engineering Controls/Work practices
Spray foam contractors are encouraged
to ventilate the area during and following spraying. For example, windows on opposite sides of a room or structure could be opened to allow outdoor air to enter and inside air to escape. Of course, weather conditions and the circumstances of the job site (e.g., proximity
to bystanders/passersby, other buildings, vehicles, possible regulations, etc.) must be taken into consideration. Active ventilation (i.e., fan/blower exhausting to outside of building) may also be used. Access should be restricted near the exhaust point(s). Do not locate exhaust points near air intakes.
Air monitoring studies have shown that low levels of airborne A- and B-side chemicals can be present in the truck trailer. Accordingly, it is prudent to ensure that all drums of chemicals
given space, air can be displaced, and oxygen deficiency can result.
Exposure to elevated airborne levels of amine catalysts can also result in irritation
of the respiratory tract causing cough, sore throat, and runny nose. Some amine catalysts are also capable of causing respiratory tract sensitization. Skin contact can result in irritation, causing reddening, itching, swelling and/or burns. Some catalysts are also capable of causing skin sensitization. Eye contact can result in reddening, tearing, swelling, burns, and conjunctivitis. In some cases, vapor may temporarily cause vision to become foggy
or blurry, and halos may appear around
bright objects.
Exposure to elevated airborne levels of flame retardants can result in irritation of the respiratory tract causing cough, sore throat, and runny nose. Skin contact can result in slight irritation, while eye contact is generally non-irritating.
Additional information, including first aid procedures for A- and B-side chemicals, can be found in the MSDS.”
To read more from BayerCare BayerSPFExposure

Great Article from Tascon Industries against using Spray Foam

Aside from the obvious issues with spray foam that I talk about often, here is a great article on why SPF is not a good choice because all of the other dangers.

The Wonderful World Of Foam For Beginners

Today I came across an interesting article written by Pat Dundon aka ‘The Insulation Man’.
Pat gives a well rounded take on the ins and outs of SPF insulation.
It would be great to hear Pats thoughts on all of the recent talk and litigation regarding homes that are offgassing long after install.
Here is Pats article

Blog Name Change – sprayfoamdangers

Seeing that I am getting a good amount of traffic to my blog, I felt it was time for a name change.
Spray foam does suck, but my blog will know be called Spray Foam Dangers.

Now that we have lots of lawyers on board, I will use my time to educate and raise awareness to the inherent dangers of spray foam insulation.

The lawyers can fight it out with Demilec and the others, but I will try to help give you info on what to do once you figured out your foam is making you sick.

I encourage others to send info and research to help others. I will NEVER post a name or fact that you do not want posted, but please send me your spray foam stories so I can post under a ‘real life SPF stories” this will help us all while we navigate through living with bad foam.

greenwashed@sprayfoamsucks.com

What to expect when expecting Demilec

If you have a problem or think you have a problem with Demilec SPF, this is the typical dance you will do:

1. Your contractor will tell you to call Demilec.
2. A Sales Rep may do a sight visit, will tell you very little.
3. Demilec will tell you to ventilate, you will, but when the blowers are off and it is warm out, the smell and symptoms will return.
4. If you proactively pursue it… You will be contacted by Robert Naini who will come out and take some mason jar samples and tell you the foam smells like paint or new construction.
5. Demilec may tell you your house is too tight and you need a new HVAC with fresh air exchange. Problem will still remain after you pay for a new HVAC because the chemicals are in EVERYTHING at this point.
6. You MAY get a physical property report back (they seem to like to say the ‘smell’ is normal, but if you put foam in a mason jar, you will not agree with their smell test)
7. They may have Microshield come in and do a simply IAQ test (ask your self, does this person really have any experience with this?)
8. You should ask that chamber testing of your foam be completed. Require AQS as the lab to conduct the SPF chamber testing.
You may be amazed at how an INERT product off-gases a crazy number chemicals. It will be clearly evident in your AQS report.
9.You may never hear from them again OR if the foam is REALLY OBVIOUSLY BAD, Demilec will hire a company to remove it.
(Be careful if you get to this point because Demilec just wants the foam removed. The houses that have undergone foam removal typically result in spaces filled with enormous amounts of foam dust EVERYWHERE, which is a problem on its own).
10.You are on your own.