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Family sends chemical tests after seeing '60 Minutes' report

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A North Las Vegas family sent out three air samples Thursday, to find out if laminate flooring they installed in their home is dangerous to their health.

"60 Minutes" did an investigation on the laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators. CBS News reports thousands of people across the county called experts seeking help after they watched the investigation.

Noah Bennett and his family should know in a few days if the newly installed products are giving off high levels of formaldehyde.

The "60 Minutes" investigation tested the laminate flooring and also found that Chinese factory workers admitted the flooring did not meet U.S. government standards, because it would cost too much.

The chemical is known to cause cancer and is found in the glue that holds laminate pieces together.

Steve Havens, from Infinity Environmental Services, set up three tests in the family's home, and collected the samples, with the goal of accurately measuring what was in the air.

“I think when you are dealing with your health, you need to make sure you do everything that you possibly can to make sure things are done proper,” said Havens.

Bennett and his family say they bought the laminate flooring at a Lumber Liquidators and began installing the product. They claim they became sick just days later.

“The biggest thing I was having was just a heavy chest, I couldn't breathe,” said Rosonna Garvey, Bennett's wife. “My eyes were runny; a sinus infection.”

The couple says they developed bronchitis and upper respiratory infections and Bennett was eventually diagnosed with pneumonia.

Experts say if you are experiencing breathing problems and have recently installed laminate flooring, get your air quality tested.

“I think they should definitely contact us,” Havens said. “There are kits that you can use, you can go out and purchase, but with those you really don't have the integrity of a company like myself. I can make sure everything is done properly.”

The CBS investigation reported that samples tested from Home Depot and Lowe's had acceptable levels of formaldehyde.

Experts say formaldehyde is also in laminate furniture, some window treatments and other household items. They say it is a natural chemical as well, and trace amounts are found in our breath.