Formaldehyde in laminate flooring, is it a problem?
There is no way to know unless you run an air test.
Formaldehyde vaporizes from numerous sources and can cause serious health problems. You Should have your home or future home tested for formaldehyde with IAQ Home Survey™
- Laminate floors
- Pressed wood products including particle board, plywood paneling, and medium density fiberboard (MDF)
- Foam insulation
- Drapery fabrics
- Resins; glues
- Unvented fuel-burning appliances including gas stoves or kerosene heaters
What is Formaldehyde?
Formaldehyde is a naturally-occurring organic compound that is found in trace compounds in almost every New or remodeled Home. It is the simplest aldehydeand is also known by its systematic name methanal. The common name of this substance comes from its similarity and relation to formic acid. A gas at room temperature, formaldehyde is colorless and has a characteristic pungent, irritating odor. It is an important precursor to many other materials and chemical compounds. In 1996, the installed capacity for the production of formaldehyde was estimated to be 8.7 million tonnes per year. Formaldehyde is used for preservation of biological specimens, embalming of human remains but It is commonly used house hold items like Counter tops, Flooring, wood and simulated wood finishes and in fingernail polish, hardeners and/or clear varnish.
Formaldehyde in Engineered or Laminate Wood Flooring
As many of you are aware, there was a tremendous amount of interest generated based on the 60 Minutes piece on Lumber Liquidators. The investigation focused on excessive levels of formaldehyde in their laminate flooring. As these things normally go, the level of interest has subsided since the televised report. This does not mean the hundreds of thousands of homes with laminate flooring have gone away. This situation still presents, we offer a source help home owners and home buyers determine if the home has formaldehyde save levels.
Testing process for Formaldehyde
With windows and door closed and in normal living condition a 20 minute air test is performed in the area of concern. The battered powered pump about the size of a Tin Altoids box and is almost silent. Testing areas are up to 800 Square feet and multiple samples can be performed simultaneous. Once sample(s) are collected they are shipped to the lab for analyses. Normal turnaround time from the lab about 5 business days (Time can be expedited).