Laminate Flooring Sold At Lumber Liquidators Linked to Formaldehyde Exposure
If you purchased laminate floors for your home made in China between 2012 and 2014, you and your family may be exposed to harmful levels of formaldehyde being released from the flooring. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently tested this flooring and found it contained levels of formaldehyde that could cause health problems for people living with it in their homes. High levels of formaldehyde exposure have been linked to an increased risk of developing nose and throat cancers.
The CDC originally concluded that people are being exposed to a much lower level of exposure and for a shorter period of time than what is required to really increase the cancer risks. However, two weeks later, it revised its report, finding people could face a three times greater risk of cancer than estimated. Your flooring could cause your family to suffer the following problems:
- Eye, throat, and nose irritations
- Increased breathing problems if you have asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
- A risk of developing cancer (now 6-30 cases per 1,000 people rather than the 2-9 cases per 1,000 people originally reported)
Take These Steps to Reduce the Formaldehyde Levels in Your Home
The good news is that the formaldehyde levels in your home will return to normal in about two years after you installed the laminate flooring. Until then, you can take these steps to reduce your family’s exposure:
- Open your windows for a few minutes three to four days a week to allow fresh air into your home.
- If you do not have exhaust fans, install them and use them regularly.
- Try to keep the heat and humidity levels at the lowest possible level your family can tolerate and remain comfortable.
- If your home is not smoke free, you should make this a rule now as tobacco contains formaldehyde too.
Should You Remove Your Flooring?
Whether you should remove your laminate flooring is complicated. If you replace new flooring, it could release even more formaldehyde into your home. The CDC recommends using these guidelines in deciding whether to replace your floors:
- If the flooring was installed more than two years ago, the formaldehyde levels in your home most likely have returned to normal, and you do not need to replace the laminate floors.
- If the flooring was installed within the last two years, you should consider replacing the floors if anyone in your family is exhibiting symptoms that go away when you leave your home. First, you should have a professional test the formaldehyde levels in your home.
If you or a family member became ill due to your laminate flooring or other defective product, you need an experienced defective products attorney to help you prove your case. Call me at 208.344.5555 or toll free at 888.716.8021 for a FREE consultation to learn how I can assist you.