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Issues with Polyurethane Foam Toxic Substances

Issues with Polyurethane Foam Toxic Substances

Aug 4, 2016


There is little doubt of the popularity of polyurethane foam, especially with builders who are constructing energy efficient homes and residences. It is relatively straightforward to use, can seal up the cracks and fissures found in the roof and walls while creating an air seal, and despite its expense is very cost effective because it is easy to employ.

However, there have been polyurethane foam toxic issues thank to the substances used in the product which have raised a considerable amount of concern over the years. What started off as anecdotal stories are now becoming a greater reality as the downside of such substances in their current state affects the health and wellbeing of those who live inside the homes and residences that use the foam.
Toxic Issues with Traditional Polyurethane Foam

The most common understanding of traditional polyurethane foam is that when it is sprayed from a high pressure device the toxins contained may be released into the atmosphere. However, once the foam dries it locks in whatever harmful chemicals are remaining so that it becomes essentially a harmless, inert material. At least that was the traditional thinking, today that view is changing day by day as more is known about the chemicals contained in these substances.

This all started with reports from some home owners who reported becoming ill in the months after moving into the homes. At first, the anecdotal stories were of people suffering from neurological disorders when they had no family history or obvious cause. It was only when researchers started putting together the stories with the occupation of homes that had spray foam polyurethane put in did they start making the connection.

It was perhaps ironic that these so-called “green” homes designed to be environmentally friendly started causing neurological issues with those who lived inside. While most of the reports showed minor or treatable issues that cleared up once the occupant left the home for good, there have been a few cases of severe reactions.

The strong odor that is created from some of the polyurethane foam toxic products is such that they last for months after it has dried. In fact, there are more building material consultants who will not allow their clients to use the foam when building or renovating a home. Government at the federal, state, and local levels are looking into the issue and may come up with restrictions on the use of this type of foam.

Hybrid Solutions
The good news is that there are non-toxic substances being used in foam insulation products that greatly reduce the amount of toxins present. These hybrid solutions manage to keep all the best attributes of traditional polyurethane foam which includes its strength and insulating properties. However, it greatly reduces the amount of toxins to the point where it is safe to use in almost all indoor environments.

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