One of the biggest modern trends in environmentally-friendly homeownership
is to beef up the insulation in your attic. This allows you to keep the
heat in your home during winter months (without losing it through roof
leaks), as well as keep your home cool in summer. The EPA and ENERGY STAR
Commission are both big supporters of this new technology, supporting
it for its environmental friendliness and money-saving upsides.
However, this new technology is not without flaws, and a flawed or botched
installation can have serious repercussions on your home and your health.
Because this new technology isn’t fully regulated yet, it’s
important to know what you’re getting into and what kinds of risks
could emerge from a bad installation.
Seek a Certified Installer
Most spray foam manufacturers will “certify” installers who
have highly-trained staff with considerable experience and demonstrated
ability to do a proper installation. It’s important to find one
of these installers when considering spray foam to avoid any damage to
While most installations go by without any problems, an installation that’s
too thick could release toxic fumes into your home, possibly seeping into
your framework. Likewise, lower-quality products have tested positive
for levels of formaldehyde, a chemical compound which contains asbestos,
a substance that causes extreme adverse health reactions, including scar
tissue in the lungs.
Be sure to find an installer that will give you a written guarantee in
writing that they will remove the foam should anything bad happen.
How to Protect Yourself
There are some steps you should take when getting spray foam installed.
For starters, be sure to read over your entire contract carefully, including
the section that indicates any negative health effects that may be possible.
When the installation actually happens, it’s strongly advised that
you leave your home for a period of at least 24 hours.
When you return to your home, pay close attention to your health for the
next several days. If you experience any headaches, joint aches, shortness
of breath, or any other odd health issues, it’s important that you
immediately contact a West Palm Beach personal injury attorney as soon
Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A., attorney Goldenfarb strives to put the law on the side of Florida residents
who have fallen victim to dangerous or defective products, such as bad
spray foam. We understand the incredible change that a toxic substance
exposure injury or illness can cause, which is why we place your needs
first in every case. We work hard to ensure you receive the compensation
you deserve for your injuries in order to help you live your life to the
highest possible level of quality.
Call the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. now at 561.600.5605 for a
free case evaluation; we are available 24/7 to help you!