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Formaldehyde Testing

Professional Building Inspectors tests for formaldehyde with instantaneous results in parts per billion in homes and workplaces.

There has been an increased national awareness and growing concern recently regarding formaldehyde gas being released from manufactured laminated flooring products. The adhesives and sealants used in some of these products may contain formaldehyde and this formaldehyde vapor can off-gas from the finished product even after installation in a home.

We are the only firm in New York to offer formaldehyde testing with real time results. This is the best testing to perform if you have concerns regarding formaldehyde in laminate flooring and want same day results. Contact our indoor environmentalists at 516-295-2581.

What is Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a commonly used chemical compound that exists in various forms and at room temperature is a colorless, distinctive, pungent smelling, flammable and gaseous substance. Formaldehyde is used in many industries such as: manufacturing building materials - like pressed wood products (mostly as an adhesive resin) often used in making furniture containing fiber board, plywood. It is also found in cigarette smoke, fuel burning appliances and kerosene space heaters.


Formaldehyde has been shown to cause cancer in animals and according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), formaldehyde may "reasonably be anticipated to be a carcinogen".

Why continue to use formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde has exceptional properties that cannot be easily replaced by other products; therefore, it is necessary to continue its use until there are additional alternatives available on the commercial market.

Potential Health Related Issues

Formaldehyde can be found in many products that are all around us. Much of the formaldehyde that people are exposed to comes from its use in the production of polymers that are found in many products used to build and furnish our homes and offices. The chemical is commonly used in countless manufacturing processes and as a key ingredient in many building supplies and furnishings. The list of formaldehyde containing substances is extensive and can involve a number of common products.

In recent years, the health effects associated with elevated levels of exposure have brought to light the dangers from prolonged and repeated contact with the chemical. The major exposure risks associated with formaldehyde come from occupants inhaling contaminated air caused when the manufactured products "off gas".

Exposure to elevated levels of this substance should be avoided whenever possible as exposures to high levels of formaldehyde can trigger:

  • asthma attacks
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • difficulty breathing
  • watery and/or burning eyes
  • respiratory irritation