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 Post subject: My carpet is killing me!
PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:46 am 
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Hey every one! I am looking for some feed back from anyone that has experienced this.

Recently on the advice of my doctor my husband and I bought a brand new home that had already been completed for at least a year or more aside from the decorating.

I have the normal environmental allergies and my primary symptom is asthma which according to my specialist I don't really have. Only when triggered by allergies. we have brand new wall to wall berber carpet that I suspect is the culprit because it is the only chemical smell. Everyone keeps telling me it will stop but it has been 3 months and I Still have to spend all my time but sleeping out of the house. I have ventilated constantly which is horible for me because its the season for my outdoor allergies.

Help I am so frustrated! I feel if I know it will stop soon for sure then I can cope better. Tearing the carpet is not an opton right now I'm afraid


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:27 pm 
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According to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, "The new carpet and underpad odour can be problematic for several weeks for those with allergies or respiratory conditions."

http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/renoho ... sh_008.cfm

According to another website:
"Some carpet may give off vapors (called out-gassing) that are considered toxic. Known as volatile organic compounds, VOCs are often described as a strong "new smell" which may be discomforting or harmful to some people.

How much a carpet out-gasses varies according to the blend of chemicals used at the mill. Two identical types of carpet from the same manufacturer may out-gas different amounts.

Carpet adhesives may also out-gas. However, both carpets and adhesives that don't out-gas are available; you may just need to shop around, compare, and do your own tests to find them.

That's why we always recommend letting any carpet out-gas in a detached garage or well-ventilated area for a day or two before installation."

http://www.hometime.com/Howto/projects/ ... loor_8.htm

I'm not sure how much longer you'll have to wait but as you've waited this long, I'd hate to recommend that you rip it out if it isn't necessary. I'm assumng that you're vacuuming like mad to get what you can out but could that just toss more fibres into the air?

Good luck!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:50 pm 
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Usually asthma is caused by particals that you inhahle. Sometimes carpets break down. Its possible that your carpet is making its own dust. If putting in harwood floors are not an option, I would tear out your carpet and paint the floor with a low voc paint to seel it so you can wash it. Then when funds are available do one room at a time. I am terribly allergic to carpets and cannot sit down on one without weezing. Carpets are gross.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:14 am 
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Its is very possible that is the case. the good news is that we are biting the bullet and putting hardwood on our enitr main floor as well as our landing and bedroom. hopefully this will help as it is out last option. Honestly my asthma and allergies have been so out of control (which is why we bought a new house) for over a year now and now my marriage is solely at risk. We have tried everything we can think of so I can feel better but my husband is now convinced it will never happen and our life will never continue. It is breaking his heart but he doesn't know how much he can take anymore he just wants his wife back. Chronic inflammation has made me unable to tolerate anything anymore. IS there any hope for me because frankly I've run out? I realize how depressing this is but I am floundering now.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 7:30 am 
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Have you talked to a Certified Asthma Educator?

There is just so much information that you can absorb at any one given time.

Quote:
If you live in Ontario, you can get free asthma information and advice from a Certified Asthma Educator, through Ontario's Asthma Action Helpline. Call 1-800-668-7682 or e-mail a Certified Asthma Educator at info@on.lung.ca.

If you live in Quebec, you can get free asthma information and advice though Quebec's Asthma information hotline. Call 1-800-295-8111, ext. 232.

If you live in another province, contact your provincial Lung Association for more information.


http://www.lung.ca/diseases-maladies/as ... ndex_e.php

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 9:58 am 
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Ophelia, What you describe sounds like formaldehyde off-gassing, usually from the adhesives in new carpet. (This is just my educated guess.) Is there a slight chemically odour since the carpet was installed?

Allergic Living wrote extensively on the topic of indoor air issues, in particular formaldehyde, in the Winter 08 issue. This is an issue for many people. There's an excerpt here: http://www.allergicliving.com/features.asp?copy_id=145

Short of ripping out the carpet, your ventilating efforts do sound like the way to go.

Try redoubling your efforts at night, when the pollen count is low, and preferably taking advantage of any cross-breeze available to your home. One healthy home expert has told us that cross-current is important. If you place your fans strategically, you can "fan" outdoor air in while using another machine to "fan" or pull the house air out.

Best with it! Gwen

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When we planned our bedroom everybody wanted to have a carpet but i insisted on hard wood flooringgovery where, as well in the nursery and today I am so thankful for that!

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If you can open every window in the house just a bit, it would help a lot. IIt not only helps with the outgasses but it gives your bronchi a break from all the chemicals and hopefully return to normal.

I personally have found Berber carpeting to have a toxic smell and won't buy it. You're not alone with reaction to Berber outgassing. llaci

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