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Have Formaldehyde compressed wood flooring in my mobile home. Is there a health risk associated with this type of use of Formaldehyde?

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  • william saling Sep 09, 2010

    i only found out it is Formaldehyde because a water pipe broke and when we began removing carpet. the boards stated Formaldehyde emission that conforms to HUD 24 CFR part 3280. do you think we should replace all of these boards?. I was thinking of just covering it all with 1/4 inch ply wood and then carpet. what would u do if it was your home?


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Hi, formaldehyde is classified as a probable human carcinogen which is a health issue because it becomes very unstable and easily vaporizes as a toxic gas when exposed to air, light, and humidity. It is a VOC -- a volatile organic compound -- and should be avoided whenever possible.

EPA states that no level of formaldehyde is safe and that indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental dangers to public health. On average, indoor air quality is twice as polluted as the air immediately outside.

It is risk to your health...

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    Tunde Autos Sep 10, 2010

    Hi, you should replace all of the boards as you have suggested and you can cover it all with 1/4 inch ply wood and then carpet.


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if you are happy with my advice, please do not hesitate to leave your comments or vote (or both...) for me, thanx!

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