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Understanding Formaldehyde in Your Flooring

Posted in Blog | Indoor Air Quality | Indoor Air Quality Inspection on July 16th, 2016 by Ian Stevens

A large number of home based products contain some levels of formaldehyde gas, which includes stains, paints, drapes and cabinets. There is a certain level of formaldehyde that’s allowed to be in your flooring. Too much and it can negatively affect those who come into contact with the flooring. The adverse health effects are allergic reactions, wheezing, coughing, nose and eye problems, and skin/throat irritation. In addition, long-term exposure to too much formaldehyde has been linked to cancer.

Locally the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is responsible for laying down the rules regarding how air quality can be affected from flooring.

Are you concerned about there being too much formaldehyde in your home? Fortunately, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says, “formaldehyde in wood-based products dissipates in as little as 6-10 months”. If you haven’t had your flooring installed recently, and have not experienced any adverse health effeir qualcts then you don’t have anything to worry about.

On the other hand, if you are experiencing health issues and are suspicious that it’s because of the air quality from faulty flooring then have the air in your home tested. During humid weather periods, the quantity of formaldehyde release tends to peak – so this is the ideal time to have your home tested.