Formaldehyde is an important VOC to test for due to its known toxicity and health implications.
Testing for formaldehyde can also result in peace of mind for the customer when the levels turn out to be low. However, it is important to measure formaldehyde in newer homes, particularly if they are 5 years old or newer. With increased focus on energy conservation, newer homes have been built so tightly that they can’t “breathe.” Additionally, some of the newer building materials contain formaldehyde. Therefore, this combination of tightly-closed homes and formaldehyde in the building materials increases the possibility of elevated formaldehyde levels. BK Home Inspections can test that for you.
There is a lot of good information about formaldehyde on the EPA website. Click the following link to learn more: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/formaldehyde.html
Bob Beisbier, owner of BK Home Inspection, is a Certified Master Home Inspector who has been providing professional and thorough home inspections in southeast Wisconsin for over 12 years. Bob is Infrared certified, DILHR Certified, and provides Home Energy Tune-ups, Environmental Data Reports, Pre-sale Home Inspections and Pre-offer Home Inspections.