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Formaldehyde's Impact on Indoor Air Quality

Formaldehyde is an important chemical used widely by industry to manufacture building materials and numerous household products. It is also a by-product of combustion and certain other natural processes. Thus, it may be present in substantial concentrations both indoors and outdoors.

Formaldehyde can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat. High levels of exposure may cause some types of cancers.

Where formaldehyde is found

Formaldehyde is found in:

Resins used in the manufacture of composite wood products (i.e., hardwood plywood, particleboard and medium-density fiberboard)
Building materials and insulation
Household products such as glues, permanent press fabrics, paints and coatings, lacquers and finishes, and paper products
Preservatives used in some medicines, cosmetics and other consumer products such as dishwashing liquids and fabric softeners
Fertilizers and pesticides
It is a byproduct of combustion and certain other natural processes, and so is also found in:

Emissions from un-vented, fuel burning appliances, like gas stoves or kerosene space heaters.
Cigarette smoke.

How you can be exposed to formaldehyde

The primary way you can be exposed to formaldehyde is by breathing air containing off-gassed formaldehyde. Everyone is exposed to small amounts of formaldehyde in the air that has off-gassed from products, including composite wood products.

Resources and Guidance Materials, with Translations, for the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Rule.

The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, signed into law July 7, 2010, by
President Obama, added Title VI to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The law established
limits for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products: hardwood plywood, mediumdensity
fiberboard, and particleboard. The national emissions standards in the law are designed to
reduce exposures to formaldehyde, avoid harmful health effects and mirror standards previously
established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for products sold, offered for sale,
supplied, used or manufactured for sale in California. Congress tasked the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) with developing regulations to implement this Act.
Specifically, this rule will:
 Limit formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products that are sold, manufactured, or
imported in the United States.
 Require labelling these wood products as TSCA Title VI compliant one year after the rule is
 Set testing requirements to ensure that products comply with those standards.
 Establish a third-party certification program to ensure that composite wood panel producers
comply with the new emissions limits.
 Level the playing field for domestic manufacturers who have a high rate of compliance with the
California standard.
 Ensure that products outside of California will meet the new standard and thus, not emit
dangerous amounts of formaldehyde.
 Include exemptions from some testing and recordkeeping requirements for products made with
ultra low-emitting and no-added formaldehyde resins.
What are composite wood products and what types are covered by this rule?
 Composite wood products are created by binding strands, particles, fibers, veneers, or boards of
wood together with adhesives (i.e., glues) and include hardwood plywood, medium-density
fiberboard, and particleboard. Formaldehyde is found in the adhesives used in a wide range of
composite wood products.
 Composite wood products are commonly used in the manufacture of furniture, kitchen cabinets,
flooring, picture frames and wooden children’s toys, among other products

Clean-Up of Insulation
Insulation Services
Insulation traps bacteria, viruses, feces, urine and all kinds of contamination due to the texture of it. These contamination's can cause serious illness to your family and in some cases, even death. The contamination is especially hazardous once it becomes airborne.  

Attic Clean-Up
Attic cleaning is one of the more important steps to cleaning after an infestation. The first thing California Environmental Forensic Inspections , LLC does is assess the area for the cause of the infestation and ventilation system. Rodents can cause damage to not only insulation but also wiring and other parts of the home with their feces and urine.
California Environmental Forensic Inspections uses the right equipment to ensure that your home is kept safe during the removal of the contamination. Special gear and proper cleaning materials are used to ensure that the harmful contamination is removed properly.  

Crawlspace Clean-up
Rodents are known for their ability to work their way into the nooks and crannies of your home. The crawlspace is the perfect place for rodents. Once it is determined that there are rodents living in your crawlspace, contact California Environmental Forensic Inspections , LLC to rid your family of the problem.California Environmental Forensic Inspections , LLC will not only assist with the removal of the rodents but they will also help to secure the crawlspace to ensure that the area stays rodent-free after clean-up. 
Insulation provides many functionalities of your home. In the summer, it keeps temperatures cool. In the winter, it keeps the temperatures warm. It can also be a place where rodents seek shelter making your attic and crawlspace the perfect place for them to nest.  
Enable to remove the contamination from your home where the rodents have nested, it is usually required to replace it completely. Removing the contaminated insulation safely requires a professional to ensure that the contaminants do not become airborne. At California Environmental Forensic Inspections, LLC, we use protective gear and techniques to ensure the safe removal of insulation to keep your family safe. The area is then thoroughly cleaned to ensure that any remaining hazardous bacteria and/or viruses are removed. New insulation is then placed and the area is secured to ensure there are no future infestations.  From start to finish, you can count on California Environmental Forensic Inspections, LLC to get the job done right the first time!
Installation of Insulation
Preparing the area for the installation of insulation is a key component to ensuring the insulation lasts.  We provide a variety of services for all your insulation needs:
  • Air Vent Insulation - Insulating your air ducts can help save money and can help heat or cool your home much faster.
  • Attic Insulation - By insulating your attic properly, you can save hundreds on energy costs per year.  This can make your home feel comfortable all year round. 
  • Ceiling Inject - This type of insulation would be applied to tall ceilings such as cathedral. When accessing an area that may be too difficult to access, injection can be a good alternative.
  • Ceiling Insulation - When your attic is not accessible or during a remodeling project, insulating your ceiling is a good way to serve as a sound barrier between floors.
  • Crawl Space Insulation - When insulation in a crawl space is done properly, it can vastly improve the durability of your home, help on energy costs and protect you against other harmful pollutants entering the home. 
  • Existing Home Insulation - Your home may be a 100 years old, but once your home is properly insulated, it will feel like new.
  • Exterior Insulation - Insulating the exterior of your home not only helps the interior but it also helps to protect the exterior as well. Most exterior insulation is installed during a re-siding or during new construction of a home.
  • Floor Insulation - Insulating floor joists can assist in serving as a sound barrier between floors.  
  • Interior Insulation - Making sure your home is insulated properly can help with climate control as well as save you hundreds on your energy bill. 
  • Interior Sound Reduction - Are you looking for some privacy throughout your home?  Ensuring your home is insulated properly can help.
  • ​New Home Insulation - Properly insulating your home during the initial build is the one of the best investments you will make as a new home owner.  If done properly, this is an investment you can count on for many many years.  
  • ​Visqueen Vapour Barrier - this material is used to assist with moisture control and air tightness of a structure.  
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