Formaldehyde Testing Now Available
Formaldehyde is a chemical commonly used in the manufacture of building materials and numerous household products. At room temperature, formaldehyde vaporizes into the air, potentially causing serious health problems. It is also a by-product of combustion processes. When you burn things like natural gas, wood, gasoline, or tobacco, formaldehyde gas is released into the air. The most significant sources of formaldehyde in homes are pressed wood products like particle board, plywood paneling, and MDF (medium density fiberboard); foam insulation; carpets; drapery fabrics; resins; glues; cigarettes; and un-vented, fuel-burning appliances like gas stoves or kerosene heaters.
Health effects of formaldehyde
Health effects of formaldehyde are eye, nose and throat burning and irritation; nausea; skin rashes; and breathing difficulties in some people. High concentrations of formaldehyde can trigger asthma attacks. Formaldehyde is also considered a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance), classified as a Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP) by the EPA. The World Health Organization recommends levels below 100 ng/L or 80 ppb.
Formaldehyde is Present Buildings
Since formaldehyde is present in so many building materials and household products, every home should be tested for the presence of this toxic chemical. Some of you may be aware of the pending federal probe regarding engineered wood flooring systems that were manufactured in China, after a recent report alleged higher-than-accepted levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, in its China-sourced laminate flooring. If you are concerned that your home or office could be one of the many affected and your health could be at risk, please contact us to arrange to test immediately.
Contact Alex Mavrelis, CIH:
(C) 305.984-3218 (After Hours & Weekends)
Price – $450 for the following services:
- Testing of up to 3 areas.
- Same day results.
- An inspection of the tested areas for potential sources.
- A written report presenting the findings of the inspection and testing, known industry standards and guidelines, and conclusions and recommendations.
EE&G is a leader in the field of indoor air quality testing and consulting. With over 30 years of experience and a staff of 50, EE&G is able to provide fast and cost-effective testing services.