Testing for Formaldehyde and other VOCs
By: Danny Lipford
I live full time in a 2004 Travel Trailer, and I think it’s making me sick. How can I test for formaldehyde poisoning and other pollutants? -Robin
You are wise to be concerned about your indoor air quality, particularly in the confined spaces of a trailer, since the outgassing of formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by certain building materials has become a major health concern in recent years.
Environmental testing firms can check air samples for the presence of formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals. Look in your phone book or check online for a company in your area. You will be provided with an absorbent badge that is exposed to the air for a specified period of time, then mailed or dropped off for testing. Costs range from $40 to over $100.
To find more about formaldehyde and other VOCs, check out our article oand video on Going Green on our website.