Before you have formaldehyde testing done in your home or business, you must first ask “What is formaldehyde?”. Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring, colorless gas that is used in the manufacturing of building supplies as well as a number of household products. Some of the more common uses for formaldehyde are in plywood, carpeting, paints, insulation, adhesives, bath products, paper products and it is even present in quite a few automobile parts. It is safe to say that formaldehyde is all around us in our everyday lives.
How is formaldehyde testing done?
Although there are do-it-yourself testing kits on the market, it is highly recommended that you have a trained professional perform the formaldehyde testing. These home testing kits can only give you a relatively vague idea of the levels in your home or business. A professional formaldehyde testing company will have proper testing equipment which will improve the accuracy of the testing process. The results that come back from a professional laboratory will be highly accurate which is important when attempting to locate the source of this potentially harmful gas.
Formaldehyde causes major health issues
Formaldehyde is classified as a hazardous air pollutant by the EPA. This is a scary thought as it is becoming more prevalent in the news that formaldehyde is the major cause of alot of health issues. Most people come in contact daily with this pollutant whether it be on the way to work, at work or even in their own kitchen. Formaldehyde can be highly toxic to both humans and animals at high levels.
Formaldehyde testing should be done to ensure that high levels of this gas don’t exist in your home or business. High levels can result in some serious health complications such as cancer and respiratory issues.
Where does formaldehyde come from?
Formaldehyde is a chemical that is naturally created in our atmosphere as well as in space. The most common sources in your home or business are:
- Building materials such as plywood, insulation, paint, adhesives, and resins.
- Household products like fabrics, glues, paper products, coatings and finishes.
- Preservatives which are used in medicines, cleaning products, cosmetics, and even fabric softeners.
- Fertilizers and pesticides that you may be using in your yard or garden.
- Due to the fact that is a byproduct of combustion and other natural processes, it can present around fuel burning appliances, gas stoves, kerosene space heaters and automobile exhaust.
- Cigarettes and other tobacco products that are commonly consumed by humans.
So where do you go from here? If you suspect that you may have a high concentration of formaldehyde in your home or business DO NOT HESITATE to contact Georgia Specialty Services and set up an appointment. We have highly trained technicians available both day and night to handle your call. We will more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have about formaldehyde testing in your home or business. We look forward to hearing from you and as always appreciate your business.