New York -- Two Pennsylvania homeowners have launched a nationwide class action against NCFI Polyurethanes and McGlaughlin Spray Foam Insulation Inc., accusing them of selling toxic spray polyurethane foam insulation that can cause property damage and health risks, according to a report on the Law360.com website.
The action, by Daniel and Paula Slemmer, claims NCFI's Sealite and InsulStar brands of spray polyurethane foam (SPF), installed by McGlaughlin are defective. They claim the foam remains toxic after being installed in homes, and that it poses such risks to homeowners and their residences that the only remedy is complete removal.
The Slemmers allege that instead of becoming inert after being applied, "SPF remains toxic after installation because either, as designed, it is impossible to become inert and nontoxic even under optimal conditions; or proper installation (and thus nontoxicity) is nearly impossible given the exacting set of installation requirements and inadequate training and installer certification methods."
The Slemmers also allege that it is well known in the insulation industry that SPF is unstable and prone to failure given the complexity and difficulty of proper installation, which requires not only strict application techniques but also a regular maintenance programme.