Charleston Spray Foam Insulation Lawsuit Attorneys
Representing Toxic Exposure Victims in Central and Southern Illinois
Many property owners are turning away from the use of traditional insulation materials in favor of spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation is easier to install, has less of an impact on the environment, and is non-toxic. Sadly, it is not as safe as consumers were led to believe.
If you have used spray foam insulation or have it in your home, you may have been exposed to dangerous chemicals, and you could be harmed as a result. Our Charleston spray foam insulation lawsuit attorneys at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm are available to speak with you if you were harmed by spray foam insulation exposure.
Call (217) 394-5885 or send us a message to schedule a free consultation.
What is Spray Foam Insulation?
Spray foam is a type of building insulation created by mixing multiple chemicals, some of which are carcinogenic. It is, as the name implies, sprayed onto the interior of buildings — under rooves, between walls, etc. — to hold heat in the structure.
Traditional insulation is made of fiberglass. The fine particles of fiberglass insulation can be unsafe for humans and the environment. Manufacturers claim that spray foam is more environmentally friendly. However, new information has revealed that spray foam presents serious health risks that can endanger users. Rather than fiberglass, spray foam is primarily made of polyurethane. To achieve the correct consistency to create the insulation, users must mix one set of chemicals with another.
Spray foam is marketed under the names Walltite, Pro-Seal, Enertite, Heatlock, Sealtite, and many more. It can be purchased at most hardware stores.
The Dangers of Spray Foam Insulation Exposure
If spray foam insulation is not installed in a building properly, it can continue to release toxins and endanger residents. During the mixing process, spray foam insulation may release formaldehyde and other toxic gases into the atmosphere. Inhaling those gases can result in respiratory issues, organ and nervous system damage, and birth defects. Spray foam that is potentially hazardous may smell bad, form peaks, display an incorrect color, or it may appear contracted or crystallized.
Who Is At Risk?
Using spray foam insulation is dangerous because it is made of sensitive chemicals that must be carefully handled and properly mixed to ensure safety and effectiveness. The popularity of spray foam insulation and its wide availability leave professionals and homeowners at risk, whether they mix the chemicals on their own or live somewhere with improperly mixed insulation.
People who use spray foam frequently, such as building contractors and HVAC workers, are especially at risk for toxic spray foam exposure because they encounter hazardous substances during the mixing process. Those unfamiliar with safe insulation handling practices can endanger themselves by mixing the chemicals incorrectly, causing a hazardous reaction. That being said, residents can also be affected by improperly mixed insulation installed in their homes.
Contact Us to Discuss Your Case
Exposure to the toxic chemicals in spray foam insulation can lead to severe health issues, as well as debilitating financial troubles. If injured, you could be rendered unable to work or you may need to move out of your house. Spray foam manufacturers’ dishonesty has resulted in serious illnesses and has inflicted immense pain and suffering. Our spray foam insulation lawsuit lawyers in Charleston provide free consultations — we want to hear your story and discuss how we may be able to assist your family.
To schedule a free consultation with our team, complete our contact form or call (217) 394-5885.
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