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Formaldehyde

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Formaldehyde Testing

Precision Homes offers Formaldehyde inspections! Formaldehyde is a colorless, pungent-smelling chemical widely used in numerous household products. This chemical can be very dangerous to your health, so don’t wait any longer and schedule your inspection today!

Why do you need a Formaldehyde inspection? Formaldehyde is a colorless, pungent-smelling chemical widely used in numerous household products. This chemical could be in your home without you even knowing. Formaldehyde is known to cause the following symptoms if exposed in a household.
Formaldehyde Testing

  • Watery eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Asthma attacks
  • Fatigue
  • Skin irritation
  • Allergic reactions

In some cases Formaldehyde can even cause cancer.

Formaldehyde is known to cause cancer. The cancer of greatest concern is cancer of the nose and throat. Scientific research has not yet shown that a certain level of formaldehyde exposure causes cancer. However, the higher the level of exposure, the greater the chance you have of getting cancer. Exposure to formaldehyde might increase the chance of getting cancer even at levels too low to cause symptoms. Being exposed to this chemical can cause serious health issues for you and your family. Getting your home tested for Formaldehyde is imperative for your health and well-being.

 

Formaldehyde can be found in a variety of different places in your home.

  • Pressed wood products: Formaldehyde can be found hardwood, plywood wall paneling, particleboard and fiberboard. Formaldehyde can also be found in any furniture made with these pressed-wood products. Mobile homes are especially at risk for indoor formaldehyde exposure because of their abundance of composite wood in construction, and relatively smaller space.
  • Carpet: Formaldehyde can be found be found in carpets in your home. It’s important to get your carpet cleaned on a regular basis to  avoid exposure to this chemical.
  • Tobacco smoke: If you smoke tobacco you can be exposing yourself to Formaldehyde.
  • Appliances: Un-vented, fuel-burning appliances, such gas stoves and kerosene space heaters.

 

Steps to Reduce Exposure

  • Use exterior-grade pressed-wood products (lower-emitting, because they contain phenol resins, not urea resins).
  • Use air conditioning and dehumidifiers to maintain a moderate temperature and reduce humidity levels.
  • Increase ventilation, particularly after bringing new sources of formaldehyde indoors.
  • Seal non-laminated surfaces of products containing formaldehyde with paints, varnish or polyurethane-like materials.
  • Open a window when using any types of cleaning products.

As you can see Formaldehyde is chemical that put your self, and your family in danger. Formaldehyde is a topic each household should be educated on. The best way to reduce exposure to this chemical is to get your home tested. Once your home has been tested, take note of the inspection and continue to get your home tested on a regular basis. Your home should be inspected at least twice a year. To schedule your inspection or if you have questions feel free to contact Precision Homes.

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