20 Jun 2024

Why Test For Formaldehyde?


Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring compound that presents with a strong odor. Formaldehyde is found in manyMahwah NJ - Indoor Air Quality Inspection and Testing - Formaldehyde building products and household products that are in common use and can be harmful to your health and the health of your family. Mold Testing NJ-NY is a certified Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Testing Service. In the process of IAQ testing we include testing for the presence of Formaldehyde. We focus on detecting the levels of formaldehyde and other contaminants in your indoor air so that you can choose to do something about them. When testing, if we find dangerous levels of impurities, we usually recommend remediation.  Testing for Formaldehyde in NJ homes is a service we offer in the process of Indoor Air Quality inspections.


How Can You Be Exposed to Formaldehyde?


Formaldehyde can be present anywhere. It breaks down fast and doesn’t accumulate in the system, but it is toxic. Long-term exposure can cause serious illness.

Formaldehyde is emitted by treated wood products such as plywood or particleboard. It is also found in paint, varnish and floor finishing products. Formaldehyde can be found in cigarette smoke. It is also found in permanent press finish clothing and in some cosmetics. In some foreign countries it is used as a food preservative. It is not used for that purpose in America.

The irritation caused by formaldehyde is usually temporary and reversible. Some air purifiers have filters that will inhibit formaldehyde concentration. Good air circulation and ventilation is important for limiting exposure to formaldehyde and to other indoor air impurities. Do a little bit of homework by studying labels on products that come in direct contact with your skin or eyes to determine if they contain formaldehyde.


What Effect Does Formaldehyde Have On The Health of Humans?


Being exposed to formaldehyde can, in rare cases, result in serious health problems, such as cancer.
Formaldehyde exposure may cause eye and nasal irritation, headaches, burning in the throat and can cause symptoms of asthma. Formaldehyde is thought to cause changes in the nervous system.


Indoor Air Quality Inspection and Testing, Including For Formaldehyde


Mold Testing NY-NY is certified to perform Indoor Air Quality Inspection and Testing. We inspect, test and recommend remediation. We do not do the clean-up work, assuring you of an unbiased report on the condition of the air in your home. Remediation is done by an entirely different service. We serve the homeowners of Mahwah NJ, as well as all of Bergen County and nearby areas of NJ and NY. If you have concerns about impurities in the air in your home, call Mold Testing NJ-NY at (201) 658-8881 to schedule an evaluation of your Indoor Air Quality.