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Cancer Risks and Chemical Toxicity in Laminate Flooring

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Our phones are ringing off the hook over our clients concerns of exposure to formaldehyde exposure. Here’s an article from yesterday that’s setting off alarms across the United

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“CDC: Elevated cancer risk in Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring

Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY 12:47 p.m. EST February 23, 2016

Certain types of laminate flooring made by Lumber Liquidators (LL) have a greater risk of causing cancer or other health problems than previously believed, U.S. health regulators said Monday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that people who purchased the China-made flooring are about three times more likely to get cancer than it had calculated earlier this month — a revelation that rattled investors, who sent Lumber Liquidators stock down 19.8% to close at $11.40.

The CDC had said on Feb. 10 that formaldehyde levels in select versions of the company’s laminate flooring could cause two to nine cancer cases per 100,000 people. The new estimate is six to 30 cases per 100,000 people, the CDC said Monday.

Lumber Liquidators sells more than $120 million annually in laminate flooring, including products from the U.S. and Europe, according to a quarterly filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Last year, it suspended sales of China-made laminates after accusations of carcinogenic qualities surfaced.

Tessy Contreras, a homemaker from Texas City, Tex., and her husband Gilberto installed Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring affected by the issue in their home two to three years ago. She said Monday’s revelation was scary because she has 6-year-old and 15-year-old sons in the house. She had completed air-quality tests with Lumber Liquidators last year after the concerns first emerged.”

East Tennessee’s Indoor Air Quality Expert:

We at Volunteer Inspections are very aware of the risks associated with Volatile Organic Compounds that off gas from building materials and the health impacts on folks exposed to both at home and work.

The risk and concerns are very significant. Much is not yet known about the levels and extent of contamination risk in this and other types of flooring. Lumber Liquidators is being sited because they are BIG Players. Formaldehyde has bee used for many decades in a broad spectrum of building supplies like Plywood, Paints, Adhesives, Carpets, Rugs and Upholstery. As manufacturing pushes for lower costs and higher profits manufacturing activities are driven toward third world countries that do not follow Western world standards of safety and consumer protection.

We test for Formaldahyde:

We test for formaldehyde, and all, aldahyde containing building materials. Our propriety tests can detect a variety of concerns and alert you to potential risks within your home or office in East Tennessee.

Formaldahyde exposure has been proven to have serious health impacts on children, senior citizens and many immune compromised people. We have found high levels in the last few years in Powell, Farragut, Choto, Tellico Village many other East Tennesse homes and businesses in both old and new construction.  You can only fully understand your exposure levels and risks you face by having a professional inspections and test performed.

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Laminate flooring and many other materials used in homes may produce potentially toxic substances in the form of gas. (VOC’s)

Know without a doubt:

You can know for sure what your exposure levels are today.

Contact Bob at Volunteer Inspections for a consultation or to schedule a full Indoor Air Quality Evaluation today.

 

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