VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
VOCs are chemical gases, of which the most common is formaldehyde, and are emitted from certain solids or liquids. They originate indoors from common sources including paints, cleaning supplies, carpets, wood floors, building materials and home furnishings.
Breathing low levels of VOCs for long periods of time can increase a person’s risk of health problems. Studies suggest that exposure to VOCs make symptoms worse for people who have asthma or are particularly sensitive to chemicals.
VOC testing is often done in newer homes or newer buildings or when odors are present with no biological explanation.
Our VOC Testing is performed via TO-15 analysis for 74 regulated compounds and the library search or TIC (Tentatively Identified Compounds). Testing is done with a vacuum canister set to sample air from 30 minutes to 24 hours depending on constant or intermittent presence. After sampling, the canister is sent to an accredited lab for analysis.