Concerned about Health and Dust from UFFI while Removing it
I am remodeling the exterior of my home. The Masonite siding was directly attached to the studs with no sheathing, and the insulation behind it I have come to learn is probably UFFI. It’s a 1978 house in Tennessee.
I decided to take the siding down, remove the spray foam and re-insulate with Rockwool, sheath with Zip, install foam board insulation, then re-side with Vinyl (it’s very common here even on high end homes and it’s saved some cost).
I didn’t realize the foam insulation was UFFI. I even asked an insulation contractor about what this odd foam that crumbles is before I started and he seemed unconcerned about it and called it “fill foam.”
At this point I have 80% of the UFFI out of the house. I wore a respirator, removed it from the outside of the house and knocked it into a tarp. I Closed the tarp up, and am going to take it to the dump. At one point before I realized it was UFFI I used water to keep the dust down.
Now realizing that this is UFFI I am looking for any help understanding if I have doomed my family to a lifetime of respiratory illness or cancer from the dust by taking it out in this manner without better controlling the dust. I know the formaldehyde is not an issue anymore. But I can’t seem to find any information on if the dust is highly dangerous.
Full transparency I do have anxiety related to health concerns so I’m starting to freak out. I started this project to try and make a healthier home since water was getting in and now I’m concerned I’ve made it so much worse. We are living in the home while remodeling but since all the remodeling was outside I assumed this would be safe for them.
any help figuring out if I have poisoned my family is very appreciated.
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