Buying a new home is such an exciting accomplishment. You may even want to jump at the opportunity to move in right away.
But, a new screening conducted by the University of Michigan found that numerous home building materials can be detrimental to your health.
The study’s researchers said, “Chemicals used in building materials can be a major passive emission source indoors, associated with the deterioration of indoor environmental quality.”
So, they set out to assess human exposure to the many chemicals used in building materials.
The study used chemical data from the Pharos Building Products Database for the U.S. as a springboard and assessed over five hundred chemical combinations.
Through this screening, fifty-five chemicals commonly used chemicals were identified as harmful. Many are found in the floors, ceilings, walls, furniture, and more.
And, the concentration of these chemicals is particularly alarming. Some of these chemicals are one thousand times more concentrated than recommended for safe human exposure in the home.
Formaldehyde– which is commonly found in cabinets, cork, and wood furniture– was among the worst chemicals. It has been known to cause cancer and is specifically linked to leukemia.
Two more detrimental chemicals assessed by the researchers were butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and hexamethylene diisocyanate.
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