Formaldehyde Testing & Removal Service
What is Formaldehyde?
Used in several household products and building materials, formaldehyde is a gas that produces a pungent and distinct smell. This compound can be found in pressed-wood products such as plywood, adhesives used in floorings and furnishings; and certain insulation materials. It is also used to make other chemicals that are used in industrial and household products.
While small amounts of this gas are present in nearly all homes and offices, these amounts are within the acceptable threshold limits. Elevated levels of formaldehyde may be detected particularly after a renovation where new flooring, furniture, and fabric are introduced into the occupied space and these materials off-gas over time.
What causes Formaldehyde off-gassing in homes and offices?
Formaldehyde off-gassing in homes and offices may come from various building materials and consumer products that contain formaldehyde-based resins. Here are some of the common sources:
Many wood products like particleboard and MDF use adhesives containing urea-formaldehyde resins, which can off-gas formaldehyde over time.
Furniture and cabinets
Furniture and cabinets made with pressed-wood products can also be a source of formaldehyde off-gassing.
Carpets and carpet padding
These may emit formaldehyde, especially when they’re new.
Cigarettes and tobacco products
These are a significant source of formaldehyde and other harmful gases.
Cosmetics and personal care products
Some cosmetics and personal care products, including some types of hair straightening products, can release formaldehyde.
Certain household cleaning products may contain formaldehyde or its precursors.
Why do we need to remove Formaldehyde off-gassing?
High levels of formaldehyde can be dangerous to human health. We usually spend 90% of our time indoors and it is well documented that indoor air pollution is 2 to 5 times the outdoor air pollution, and much worse in some conditions.
While children, elderly and those with existing respiratory issues are more susceptible to the effects of poor indoor air quality (IAQ), formaldehyde levels higher than 0.08 parts per million (ppm) can cause adverse health effects for all occupants.
What health problems do Formaldehyde cause?
Some people may have none, mild or severe reactions to formaldehyde in the environment. Some of the problems that this chemical can cause are:
- watery eyes
- burning sensations of the eyes, nose & throat
- skin irritation
Why must you measure VOC reading together with Formaldehyde reading?
Formaldehyde is, in fact, one of the most common types of VOCs. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short to long-term negative health effects. These organic chemicals are commonly used as ingredients in an extensive range of household products and building materials. All of these products release organic compounds either during application or storage.
For any affected space with poor IAQ, if our testing approach adopts formaldehyde (HCHO) as the only measuring unit, other VOC gases like toluene and benzene may remain undetected. For instance, if 0 ppm is recorded for formaldehyde, it does not necessarily interpret that there is no other toxic VOC within the space.
How to Get Rid of Formaldehyde in Your Home and Indoor Environment
- Increase ventilation: Formaldehyde can build up in indoor air, so increasing ventilation by opening windows and using fans can help reduce its concentration.
- Use air purifiers: Air purifiers can help remove formaldehyde and other pollutants from the air. Look for models that use activated carbon filters, as these are effective at removing formaldehyde
- Choose low-formaldehyde products: When buying new furniture, flooring, or other household items, choose products that have low levels of formaldehyde emissions. Look for products that are labeled as “low-VOC” or “formaldehyde-free.”
- Use plants: Certain plants, such as spider plants, peace lilies, and Boston ferns, can help remove formaldehyde from the air. Adding some greenery to your home can not only improve air quality but also add a decorative touch.
Benefits of Our Professional Methods for Formaldehyde Removal
- Eliminate Formaldehyde to a safety level
- Reduce reactive formaldehyde gas with high efficiency
- Identify the source of off-gassing material and remediate naturally
- Pre and post results with report submission