Inspection Training

Formaldehyde and Home Inspections

While performing a home inspection it is now important to be able to recognize and report on possible formaldehyde that is present at the property. This is a new testing service that Axium is currently offering so if you come across possible formaldehyde be sure to let the agent/client know that this can be tested for $295 and to contact our office to schedule a formaldehyde inspection. Please review the below information that has been provided by Axium’s Environmental Manager, Jonathan Poiry.


A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit alleging certain Chinese-made laminate flooring sold by Floor & Decor Outlets of America Inc. was mislabeled as being compliant with California regulations regarding formaldehyde emissions. If you own Chinese-made laminate flooring sold by Floor & Decor between Jan. 1, 2012 and Aug. 1, 2015, you may be entitled to benefits from the class action settlement. Class Members of the laminate flooring settlement include current owners of Chinese-made laminate flooring sold by Floor & Decor between Jan. 1, 2012 and Aug. 1, 2015. There is also a problem with this being present in some new homes that were built after 2016.

Formaldehyde and other VOC chemicals are affecting people particularly the youth, elderly, pregnant women, and people with immunodeficiency health issues. If any of the substances or Chinese laminated wood flooring listed above is a concern then testing should be performed. Each sample takes 15 minutes and should be performed for approximately every 500 square feet. This is a very conclusive test for formaldehyde and other VOC compounds that must be performed to be considered a defendant in the class action law suit. 


The meter that is being used for these inspections is for VOC’s (volatile organic compound) and formaldehyde. Potential sources for vocs include paints, finishes, adhesives, Cigarette Smoke, pesticides, personal Care products, car Exhaust, new furnishings, wall coverings, household cleansers, and cooking fuels. Chemicals include: Acetone, ethylene glycol, formaldehyde, xylene, 1,3-butadiene, tetrachloroethene, hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, toluene, benzene, methylene chloride, perchloroethylene, and mtbe. If you come across any items like this make sure to let the clients/agent know that it is possible formaldehyde and it should be tested.