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.
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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.
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:
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.
Sunday evening, March 1, 60 Minutes stated that the majority of samples of Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring submitted to two certified labs contained levels of formaldehyde exceeding the limits set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), despite the laminate flooring being labeled as in compliance.
Click to see full test results (pdf zip file download)
Recently, our office received numerous calls in response to a 60 Minutes expose on Lumber Liquidator’s importing of noncompliant materials from China into California. This involves elevated formaldehyde emissions from laminate flooring in homes.
Indoor Environmental Technologies (IET) has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.
When weather is cool but humid for extended periods, the AC does not run for long (if at all), and there is no way to remove internally-generated humidity. Humidity can build up to the point where it begins to cause not only condensation, but extensive mold growth on window surfaces and elsewhere.