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Formaldehyde Testing Real Estate

Home Inspectors and Formaldehyde Testing

Formaldehyde testing (sampling) should be conducted by experienced professionals trained in indoor air quality issues.

During 2015 and 2016 we have noticed an increase in "home inspectors" performing various formaldehyde tests for prospective homebuyers in Naples and Fort Myers area. We have yet to see any of them follow accepted industry guidelines when collecting their samples.

The most common scenario is, the inspector buys a "cheap formaldehyde meter" (example: Formaldeter 805) and charges their client for a formaldehyde "test".

The homebuyer may as well flip a coin to determine if home has elevated formaldehyde levels.

The "meter" has no calibration certificate, no way to properly calibrate the equipment and no reliable lab to verify the results.

Real Estate professionals, homebuyers and homeowners should understand a reliable formaldehyde on site meter costs about $1000.00 and the type we see home inspectors using is less than $50.00.

cheap formaldehyde meter
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no certificate of calibration for this meter

Anyone, homebuyer or homeowner concerned about formaldehyde in a home should read the CPSC booklet Pub:725.  

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

 Publication 725 ............  2013 Revision 012013

https://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/121919/AN%20UPDATE%20ON%20FORMALDEHYDE%20final%200113.pdf

CPSC:

  • "Be cautious of persons or businesses advertising formaldehyde testing - there may be unqualified or dishonest individuals seeking to take advantage of consumers.
  • Has the test been validated by a reputable laboratory?
  • Does the test have very specific instructions on where to place the sampler and for how long?"
  • Do they have certifications and/or memberships in IAQ- related organizations (see below)
  • American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)

 • Board of Certified Safety Professionals'

    Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

• American Indoor Air Quality Council-   http://acac.org/find/name_search.aspx

1.   Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC),

2.   Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE)

3.   Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager (CIAQM)

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association member

 • Indoor Air Quality Association member

  • Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification member
  • American Council for Accredited Certification member

My opinion:

Consumers should understand that a reliable hand held formaldehyde meter can cost about $1,000.00 as an average,

 the "Formaldemeter 805" sells for about $50.

I can't imagine an inspector using the "Formaldemeter 805" to determine if a home has elevated levels of formaldehyde which can be a serious health concern.

 

Doug Wall, CIE

ACAC Certified Indoor Environmentalist , CIE   (http://acac.org/ )

Florida Licensed Mold Assessor MRSA #2

FL DOH certified Radon Measurement Tech R1751

 

Identifying an indoor air exposure limit for formaldehyde considering both irritation and cancer hazards

Crit Rev Toxicol. 2011 Sep; 41(8): 672-721.
Published online 2011 Jun 2. doi: 10.3109/10408444.2011.573467US EPA
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3175005/..
 
 "A weight of evidence-based formaldehyde exposure limit of 0.1 ppm (100 ppb) is recommended as an indoor air level for all individuals for odor detection and sensory irritation. It has recently been suggested by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the National Toxicology Program (NTP), and the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) that formaldehyde is causally associated with nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) and leukemia. This has led US EPA to conclude that irritation is not the most sensitive toxic endpoint and that carcinogenicity should dictate how to establish exposure limits for formaldehyde.

 
 Coclusion for RESIDENTIAL INDOOR FORMALDEHYDE LIMITS:

"assessment concludes that a formaldehyde indoor air limit of 0.1 ppm shouldprotect even particularly susceptible individuals from both irritation effects and anypotential cancer hazard.
"The purpose of this paper is to provide the logic and rationale for deriving a residentialindoor air concentration for formaldehyde using the most defensible scientific datarelated to exposures and/or effects reliably associated with this chemical, including bothcancer and non-cancer effects

Our Experienced professionals have served Naples, Bonita Springs, Ft Myers, Cape Coral and all of Southwest Florida since 1999.  ALL of our Mold Assessors are Certified Indoor Environmentalists (CIE).

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State of Florida Licensed Mold Assessor #MRS5

John Cosgrove, CIE  has proven his ability to solve Naples homeowners and businesses mold concerns by identifying the problem and then the  source of the mold contamination. His detailed reports with recommendations for corrections not only benefit the homeowner but the remediation company. Remediators know what to cleanup with his mold reports.

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State of Florida licensed Mold Assessor MRSA763

 Greg Gomez, CIE
Greg’s knowledge of the national standards for mold cleanup “S520” and his 9 years of experience as a Naples indoor air quality professional allow him to write detailed recommendations for any mold cleanup.  Any mold remediation should follow accepted industry standards to protect the consumer.

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State of Florida Licensed Mold Inspector # 2

 Doug Wall, CIE
Long time North Naples resident Doug Wall has performed radon tests for residential and comercial projects and mold sampling (tests) and assessments in Naples and throughout Southwest Florida for residential and commercial properties since 1999.

Naples / Bonita Springs:(239) 498-4619
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