Be Careful of New Carpets -- They Can Make You Sick

New Carpeting and dangerous chemical fumes.

Adhesives 4-PC (4-phenylcyclohexene) and many chemicals such as Styrene come from SB latex backing and create the fumes associated with regular new carpets. These cause headaches, runny eyes and nose and odors
persist for months and years. After an EPA headquarters incident when hundreds
of employees became ill of sick building syndrome, the chemical companies
supplying SB latex to the carpet industry coordinated tests to appease the
public. Vinyl-backed carpet tiles
were tested. They emitted a
distinct chemical odor, such as vinyl acetate and formaldehyde. The CPSC study
did not find any negative health could result from this, but people breathing
the fumes did. Health complaints
associated with carpets include neurological, central nervous system and
respiratory problems. Asthma,
allergies, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and environmental illness (EI)
are on the increase as people become exposed to low level exposures. Although
some states warn people of their presence or vocs in carpets, the industry
persists in using carpet adhesives
and seam sealants, cushions and pads, emitting dangerous toxic chemical
fumes. Carpet adhesive is
spread over the entire surface and is usually SB latex. Seam sealants release
1,1,1-trichloroethane and toluene.
Many carpets with nylon face fibers are stitched into polypropylene
primary backing and positioned with styrene butadiene latex ( SB latex, called
SBR for styrene butadiene rubber) adhesive on the underside. Two pounds per square yard of adhesive
is the usual secondary SB backing for most carpets. Polypropylene is the
primary backing for others. Some
carpets have fabric or polymer secondary backing, attached with a thin coat of
SB latex. Synthetic foam cushion
laminated directly to carpet is another form of backing. Backing materials of styrene butadiene
latex are highly reactive compounds, made of toxic components. 4-PC,,SB Latex,
polypropylene or polyurethane. Carpet cushion of bonded urethane, prime
urethane, sponge rubber and rubberized jute are cushioning material . Carpet
dyeing, resistant Scotchguard ™, antistatic, antimicrobials are all detrimental
to your health.

Formaldehyde and your lack of well being,

Formaldehyde is in your lipstick, toothpaste, soft drinks, shampoo, kitchen cabinets, carpeting and wall board of your kid’s school and parent’s mobile home. Eye, nose
and throat irritation coughing, skin rashes, headaches, dizziness, nausea,
vomiting, and nosebleeds are just a few of the everyday symptoms of
formaldehyde. EPA has classified formaldehyde as a Probable Human Carcinogen
meaning that it causes cancer in animals and likely humans. A great percentage of people are
hypersensitive to the irritant effects of formaldehyde even at lowest of
levels. People often develop hypersensitivity after breathing formaldehyde
vapors during a renovation of home or remodeling or working in a carpet or
fabric store.

Most homes and offices have measurable formaldehyde levels using conventional particleboard sub flooring, wallboards and carpets. Two to five years after installation, two to three times the acceptable limit of formaldehyde can be measure in the
air. Formaldehyde is in pressed
wood products, particleboard, plywood, medium-density fiberboard and paneling
used in furniture manufacturing, new home construction, remodeling and renovation,
and mobile home construction. Insulation of formaldehyde, Urea-formaldehyde
foam insulation (UFFI) was a big source of contamination in the past.
Formaldehyde products usually emit vapors for 7 to 8 years. The emissions are
most detrimental during the first few 365 days and the intensity gradually
eases up over the next 7 to 8 years. Most home insulated with UFFI had indoor
air concentrations of under 0.1 parts per millions (ppm) one year after
installation. However UFFI when exposed to extreme heat or moisture can begin
to emit formaldehyde vapors no matter how old the insulation. Some consumer paper products, such as
grocery bags, waxed papers, facial tissues and paper towels, are treated with
urea-formaldehyde (UF) resins to make them stronger. UF resins are used as
stiffeners, wrinkle resisters, water repellents, fire retardants and adhesive
binders in floor covering, carpet backing and permanent-press clothes.
Unexplained headache, rashes, nausea, vomiting, nosebleeds, or eye, nose, or
throat irritation could mean levels of formaldehyde gas are too high. Newer
mobile or prefabricated home expose their residents to the highest levels since
they usually contain high amounts of particleboard materials .If formaldehyde
is in the insulation, particleboard or sub flooring, it is too difficult or
expensive to remove. If the source of formaldehyde is paneling, plywood or
particleboard we have special sealers. Air Purification to remove chemicals for
the air can reduce contamination of your home or office. If the humidity level
inside your home is above 50%, using dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity will
reduce formaldehyde level.

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