Formaldehyde exposure can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, and throat. High levels of exposure may cause some types of cancer. 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 as well as in fertilizers and pesticides.
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.
Healthy Home Inspections will test the levels of formaldehyde in each room of your home to determine if the levels are unhealthy. We perform the test with a meter that shows immediate results. Learn more facts about formaldehyde by clicking on this EPA link.