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Odors from New Carpeting can Create Indoor Air Quality Problems for Some Building Occupants

EMSL Analytical provides testing services to identify formaldehyde and other VOCs that cause air quality problems following the installation of new carpeting.

Cinnaminson, NJ – WEBWIRE

Cinnaminson, NJ, December 18, 2013

New carpeting offers an affordable and attractive flooring solution for many residential and commercial properties. In fact, billions of square feet of carpeting are installed in the United States each year.

Like many other household materials and furnishings, new carpeting can be a source of chemical emissions. Carpets can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, as may other products used during carpet installation such as adhesives and padding. Some people report health symptoms from exposure to these VOCs which they associate with new carpet installation. These often include irritation to the skin, eyes, nose and throat or headaches, shortness of breath and fatigue.

Carpeting is also known to act as a sink for chemical and biological pollutants which may include pesticides, mold, dust mites and other materials. Anything that is tracked onto, or settles into carpeting can become lodged.  VOCs from other sources can even be absorbed into many types of carpet fibers. 

“There are things that people can do to minimize the chance of having a reaction to new carpeting,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc., a leading air testing laboratory.  “People purchasing new carpeting should ask for information to help them select lower emitting carpet, padding and adhesives. Before new carpet is installed, consider asking the retailer to unroll and air out the carpet in a clean, well-ventilated area. Building occupants may also want to consider leaving the premises during and immediately after carpet installation or schedule the installation when the space is unoccupied.”

For those concerned that new carpeting is causing problems in their indoor environment or that existing carpeting has become a collection area for allergens, EMSL provides a wide range of testing services.  These include testing for VOCs such as formaldehyde and a wide range of allergens that include dust mites, pollen and mold.

To educate people about carpeting and indoor air quality (IAQ) issues, EMSL recently sponsored an educational video that can be seen at:

To learn more about testing services for indoor pollutants or other environmental, health and safety issues, please visit, call (800) 220-3675 or email .

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality, consumer product and materials testing services and products for professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.



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