And yet another reason why a Certified Professional Inspector is worth every cent during a new home purchase. In the last several weeks I have spoken with several builders and realtors who are concerned about a bad fire retardant product installed on basement rafters.
Weyerhaeuser manufacturing released a bad batch of Flak Jacket fire retardant coating. The formaldehyde did not properly bind and is causing aggravation to many home owners. Several have actually had to move out of their new homes until the problem is corrected.
Short term exposure to Formaldehyde exposure can cause a runny nose and irritated / watering eyes. Long term exposure can have more significant health risk including cancer.
9 News has a great story and article on this subject, it can be found at