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A Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) test will give you a total assessment of the air you breathe every day. It is the only test available that gives you a cost-effective, comprehensive air quality audit of the chemicals in the air — VOCs and Mold VOCs (MVOC’s)(the chemicals emitted from actively growing mold).
Here are some good reasons why you should have your Home or Office, (or the home you’re about to purchase,) tested today:
- Elevated VOC levels in the home can cause both short-term and long-term health issues. The U.S. Green Building Council’s recommended healthy building level is 500 ng/L. However, data from hundreds of homes measured by homeowners show the median value is 1,200 ng/L, more than twice the recommended level.
- 20+ million US adults have been diagnosed with asthma, and it is also the most prevalent chronic illness among children. High VOC levels can cause asthma attacks. Therefore, finding high VOC levels and their sources can be helpful to the home buyer and sellers.
- Asthma prevalence and severity continue to rise and are at all-time high levels. At the same time, outdoor air pollution is declining. On average, most people spend about 90% of their time indoors. Therefore, many experts suggest there is a strong association with the increase in asthma illnesses and indoor air quality.
- Babies, young children, pregnant women, older persons, and people with respiratory or cardiovascular disease can be more vulnerable to indoor air pollution. If your family is made up of any of these groups of people, then an air quality assessment would be wise.
- Many newer, more energy-efficient homes do not “breathe” correctly. VOC testing could potentially discover HVAC issues so they can be corrected before the home transaction takes place.
- Carpeting, vinyl and laminate flooring, cabinets, countertops, and other similar building materials use adhesives that “off-gas” continuously over time, even for years. Many of these materials are manufactured using hazardous chemicals, some that can even cause cancer. Testing for harmful toxins that could be lurking within the framework of the house would be prudent.
- Soil gas from environmental contamination can seep into the basement similar to radon. VOC Testing can observe this contamination.
Indoor Air Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared that indoor air quality poses a greater health hazard to humans than outdoor air pollution, with pollutant levels averaging two to five times higher, and sometimes 100 times higher, than outside air. The World Health Organization has stated that indoor air pollution is responsible for nearly 3% of the worldwide burden of disease. We spend approximately 90% of our time indoors, much of that time in our homes; therefore, our exposure to air pollutants is significant.
Breathing bad air can cause many health effects, from mildly irritating to extremely serious. Symptoms such as frequent headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, confusion, coughing, wheezing, itchy eyes, nose and throat irritation can be indicators that the quality of air in the home is poor – especially if these symptoms subside once you leave the house. Other more serious health problems that can arise with poor indoor air quality are asthma exacerbation, digestive problems, and damage to the liver, kidneys and central nervous system. Some air contaminants are so harmful that they can even cause cancer. And the source of these harmful air contaminants? Products that we use or are surrounded by every day. Click here to read about the causes of indoor air pollution.
In addition to the presence of health problems from inhalation of mold, serious structural damage can occur if mold is present. Leaky pipes, poorly working or dirty air conditioning and heating systems, and ground water penetration in basements and other damp areas are all potential sources of actively growing mold. Often this mold goes undetected because it’s growing behind drywall or underneath flooring.
If you could perform a simple, inexpensive test that could give you a total assessment of the air you breathe every day, wouldn’t you want to do it? If not for yourself, for your loved ones?
Affordable comprehensive air quality audit of the total number of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and the total number of Mold Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs) with a single air sample. This test, while simple to perform, is based upon sophisticated chemical analysis technology, previously only available to the industrial community. Because of the analysis methods employed, this single test is extremely sensitive and can measure for chemical contaminants in the air within a 2,000 sq. ft. area. It is so sensitive, in fact, that it can even detect mold hidden behind walls or in carpeting.