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VOC Testing

The term VOC stands for “volatile organic compounds.” These gases are released from numerous products and building materials through a process called off-gassing. VOCs are an often-overlooked aspect of indoor air quality and may be responsible for a wide variety of adverse health effects. Here is a short list of some of the common chemical contaminants found in occupied buildings:

  • Benzenes
  • Xylenes
  • Formaldehyde
  • Methylene chloride
  • Perchloroethylene
  • Chlorocarbons
  • Chlorofluorocarbons

Because the term VOC is a general category of chemicals that may be produced during the off-gassing of building materials, determining the exact health effects of high VOC levels is impossible. Below is a list of some of the general symptoms that clients who are suffering from high VOC levels have reported:

  • Nausea
  • Lethargy
  • Itchy eyes
  • Respiratory irritation
  • Stuffy nose
  • Frequent respiratory infections

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