Formaldehyde Testing

Formaldehyde Testing in Ottawa & Montreal
Ottawa & Montreal

Mold Busters now offers formaldehyde testing in Ottawa and Montreal.

Formaldehyde was officially identified as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999; however, it is surprisingly common indoors, in both residential and commercial environments.

In fact, indoor air tends to contain the highest levels of airborne formaldehyde due to the off-gassing of building materials, consumer products and home furnishings.

If you notice a strong chemical odour in your home, get it checked out with a formaldehyde test. Call Mold Busters today to book an appointment. We provide same-day service and fast reports.

VOCs, Formaldehyde and Indoor Air Quality
VOCs, Formaldehyde and Indoor Air Quality

What is formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde (HCHO) is a colourless chemical that has a particularly strong, unpleasant odour. As a reactive, highly flammable gas, formaldehyde is often used in building materials and household products, although it has a variety of other applications too.

The effects of formaldehyde exposure have been well studied and consistently indicate that the chemical is toxic to humans.

So how does exposure to formaldehyde occur? The primary way is through inhalation. The chemical is released into the air either by off-gassing of various household products and furnishings or by the combustion of cigarettes and other tobacco products. Both processes seriously compromise our indoor air quality and put us at risk.

Common sources of formaldehyde

  • Particleboard products
  • Resins
  • Plywood
  • Glues and adhesives
  • Paints and varnishes
  • Carpets, curtains and other fabrics
  • Insulation
  • Fungicides and disinfectants
  • Tobacco smoke

If you suspect that your indoor air quality is at risk, book a formaldehyde test in Ottawa, Montreal or surrounding area today.

Health effects of formaldehyde exposure

Health Canada studies have consistently found that exposure to formaldehyde has major toxic effects on human health, specifically respiratory health.

Here are just a few acute, short-term and long-term effects of exposure to formaldehyde via inhalation:

  • Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Nausea
  • Chest pains
  • Bronchitis
  • Worsening of asthma in children
  • Skin irritation

The ingestion of formaldehyde can lead to corrosion of the gastrointestinal tract as well as inflammation and ulceration of the mouth, stomach and esophagus.

Some people are more sensitive to formaldehyde than others. The severity of the symptoms depends on the level of formaldehyde you’re exposed to, the duration of exposure and the method of exposure (inhalation, ingestion, skin contact…).

Health Canada: Residential Indoor Air Quality Guidelines

Low levels of formaldehyde in indoor and outdoor air are actually quite common. Numerous Health Canada studies of homes across Canada, including Ottawa, have revealed that the average formaldehyde concentrations in Canadian homes range between 30 and 40 µg/m3.

(Keep in mind that higher levels have been found in new manufactured or mobile homes than in older conventional homes.)

The concentration of formaldehyde indoors usually depends on the number of formaldehyde sources in the home. Higher temperatures and humidity tend to increase formaldehyde levels because of off-gassing of household products. Poor ventilation also contributes to higher concentrations of formaldehyde because of the lack of fresh air coming in from the outdoors.

Keep your home safe. Get a formaldehyde test if you have any suspicion that your indoor air quality is at risk. Chances are that by time you notice an odour, formaldehyde levels are already too high. Call Mold Busters to book your formaldehyde test—it’s simple, quick and gives you peace of mind.