UPDATE: 3/12/2015 From the New York Times:
“Lumber Liquidators said on Thursday that it would provide free indoor air testing to consumers after a report that accused the company of selling laminate flooring from China that contained high levels of formaldehyde.
Consumers can request free indoor air quality test kits that will be analyzed by accredited laboratories, the company said. Results will be emailed within a week to 10 days.”
This past Sunday 60 Minutes ran a report about Lumber Liquidators and the laminate flooring they are selling in the United States. The flooring is being manufactured in China and while the labeling states that the flooring meets government guidelines that may not be the truth. Here is the link from 60 Minutes:
If you bought your flooring from Lumber Liquidators you should replace the flooring and disclose that it was in the house.
In general formaldehyde may be in your home and the Consumer Produce Safety Council states:
“There are three different ways to measure formaldehyde in indoor air.
1. Indoor air professional: Indoor air quality (IAQ)-related issues can be complex and are often related to building design and function. Trained professionals can:
- Accurately sample for formaldehyde using a variety of methods (some which are not generally available to consumers)
- Control or account for complex factors (home closure, standard temperature/humidity and sample number/location/duration) that might affect formaldehyde levels
- Interpret the results
- Determine if additional sampling is necessary
The entire report on formaldehyde in the home from the Consumer Product Safety Committee (CPSC) here,