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At Buffalo Builders in Colorado we are now certified Green Risk Professionals, which means that our staff is prepared to help you and your family go green after any disaster or need for restoration. If this is something that has been of interest to your family, you may want to keep in mind ways that you can help keep your family save from any harsh chemicals that may be lurking in your home. For instance, formaldehyde, though generally thought of as something found in a scientific lab, preserving study specimens, is actually quite common in some household products. Today, we would like to share with you some ways you can help get rid of or at least severely reduce the presence of formaldehyde in your home. 

First, let us discuss some of those common household items which may contain formaldehyde. Remember that just because some products in this list do, not all of them will. 
  • Hair care products, like shampoo
  • Some fingernail polish and remover
  • Other beauty products
  • Paper products, such as cardboard and even some wallpaper
  • Car exhaust
  • Smoke from burning wood, such as your fireplace or chimney 
  • Pressed, particle, or plywood

Now that you know some of the possible culprits, let’s now go over some ways you can help to reduce the formaldehyde levels in your home:
  • First of all, be sure to invest in plants that help clear the air by absorbing and recycling it specifically ferns and chrysanthemums are known to reduce formaldehyde levels
  • When leaving your car idling, do so well away from any door so that the exhaust does not come into the home
  • Have your fireplace cleaned regularly
  • Invest in an air purifier
  • Bring as many natural and organic products into the home as you canSpecifically with home cleaners, attempt to go natural
  • If you can, buy solid wood furniture. If that is not possible then ensure plywood or other particle board furniture is sealed before it enters your home. 

From protecting your family against harsh chemicals to protecting your home from a water leak remember that Buffalo Builders is here. If you would like to know more about those things in your home which may be putting your family in danger, we can help you with that as well. For a risk management assessment in Colorado, be sure to contact us at (719) 578-8100