Should Tripolymer foam insulation leave a lingering formaldehyde odor?
My wife and I recently had our house insulated with Tripolymer Foam Insulation to increase the energy efficiency. I was away at the time the work was done and when I came home (four days later) I felt like I was hit in the face with a very strong “plastic” smell. One sheet rock wall in particular had a very strong odor. I was home for a couple days and had to be away again for two weeks. When I got home a few days ago, I noticed the odor again, but fainter. The same sheet rock wall still smells, though – again – fainter. And I’m noticing the main odor coming from outlets and switch plates. This time I was able to pinpoint what I thought was that “plastic” smell as the formaldehyde odor I would smell as I walked past the Bio room in high school when they were doing dissections. So, my question is, should I be smelling anything like formaldehyde after this foam insulation had been installed in our home? If so, can I expect it to go away and/or is it harmful to us and our kids? Any straight forward answers/guidance are greatly appreciated.
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