Weyerhauser issued a warning to homeowners living concerning the risks of living in homes built with the company’s TJI Joists with Flak Jacket Protection. Many families have been forced into temporary housing because of the problem.
The coating on the joists contains formaldehyde that releases dangerous chemicals into the homes and puts homeowners at risk for health complications, including nosebleeds, scratchy eyes, coughing, and sort throat. Long-term exposure increases risk for cancer.
Weyerhauser changed the formula for building its joists in December 2016, so only homes built after that date are affected.
The company sold its joists to homebuilders in the following states:
- New Jersey
- New York
Homeowners Report Offensive Odor, Health Symptoms Related to Off-Gassing
Homeowners living in homes with the affected joists report the odor of “pickling” and have developed respiratory and other symptoms. Because exposure has only been a problem since late 2016, there is no way to determine yet if long-term health issues will be a problem.
Weyerhauser issued a notification via a press release telling builders and homeowners about the problem and offering a variety of solutions to deal with the issue. There has not yet been an official recall, but the company is offering compensation and/or replacement of the affected joists.
Homeowners Forced Out of Homes with Weyerhauser Joists
Homeowners are dealing with the issues with their home’s construction problems in a variety of ways.
One Minnesota family was forced to live in a hotel for more than three months because of the off-gassing of the joists in their homes.
A few months after purchasing their brand new $500,000 in the Founders Ridge neighborhood in Chaska, they received a notification about the joists from their home’s builder. The letter notified them that they might be at risk because of the high level of formaldehyde being emitted by the home’s building materials.
Travis and Kristen Lambert moved themselves and their two children, ages 17 and 3, into a hotel. They told the local newspaper they’ve met a number of other families in the area also forced from their homes.
Despite Weyerhauser offering compensation and replacing the defective products, there are still affected families who have filed lawsuits.
There are also concerns that items in the home might have also been contaminated from exposure to the formaldehyde off-gassing. This means that not only are the homeowners dealing with building materials that might be dangerous, their furniture and personal items exposed to the contamination might also be damaged.