Garden Grove, CA, October 14th, 2013
Carpeting has long been a popular choice of flooring for residents and businesses across California. It provides for an affordable and attractive flooring solution in countless homes and buildings.
Like many other household products and furnishings, new carpeting can be a source of chemical emissions. Carpets can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, as can products that accompany carpet installation such as adhesives and padding. In fact, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) states that, “You might request that new carpets or furniture be aired out by the manufacturer or distributor prior to delivery. Otherwise, you may want to air them in your garage or yard before bringing them inside.”
Some people report symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation; headaches; skin irritations; shortness of breath or cough; and fatigue, which they may associate with new carpet installation. Carpeting can also act as a collection area for chemical and biological pollutants including pesticides, mold, dust mites and other contaminants. Anything that is tracked onto, or settles into carpeting can become lodged. VOCs can even be absorbed into many types of carpet fibers.
“Some people are more sensitive to off-gassing from newly installed carpet than others,” reported Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility, one of California’s leading indoor air quality testing laboratories. “Others can become sensitive to materials that have collected or been absorbed by existing carpeting. These may include allergens and chemicals that were used in or near the building. LA Testing provides a wide range of indoor air quality testing services to help determine if chemical or biological concerns may be coming from both new and existing carpeting.”
LA Testing recently sponsored an online video about carpeting and indoor air quality that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/bgymIKxnsAY
To learn more about testing for IAQ contaminants and pollutants, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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