When formaldehyde screening and testing is performed, it is very critical that a qualified indoor air quality expert handle the procedure.
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When it comes to formaldehyde exposure in your home, there are two very important points to remember:
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) to date has, we believe, the only applicable regulation for formaldehyde emissions in the country, but is legally applicable only to products sold in California.
Lumber Liquidators, a nationwide company, has had numerous complaints from homeowners regarding the Chinese-made laminate flooring. However, the concern has also been noticed in the Tampa Bay area in Florida. Lumber Liquidators, in response, began providing free air test kits to their customers using a local lab in the Tampa area.
One of IET’s most frequently asked questions is, “How can I improve the indoor air quality in my home?” This is, of course, a very big topic but here is a basic overview of ways to improve indoor air quality in your home.
In 2010, a federal court ruled that the Chinese drywall firm, Taishan Gypsum Company (owned by the Chinese government), was liable for damage to seven Virginia homes caused by contaminated drywall they had manufactured. This case would possibly have been expanded to all homes affected by drywall from this company. However, the Chinese drywall company stopped showing up for court and did not pay the damages ordered.
However, on March 17, 2015, Taishan returned to court and agreed to pay the court-ordered damages to the Virginia families.
For further information, click here to see courts filings in the case
As part of determining whether an indoor environment is contaminated with excessive amounts of mold and requires remediation, Indoor Environmental Technologies (IET) routinely performs air and surface mold sampling or testing. While there are many types of mold sampling, IET uses two of them the most:
Is the Indoor Air You Breathe Healthy?
According to the World Health Organization, 40% of all buildings pose a serious health hazard due to indoor air pollution. The EPA calls indoor air pollution the #1 pollution problem in America. The following is a list of common indoor air pollutants and some of their sources.
With all the discussion about this issue, we think a potentially important factor may be going unnoticed. This is the role of humidity or moisture content in the formaldehyde emissions from laminate flooring and other materials.