VOC & mVOC Testing

VOC & mVOC Testing

If there were a way to ensure you are breathing healthy air in your home, wouldn’t you want to know about it? Our Professional VOC – MVOC test will give you a total assessment of the air you breathe every day. It is a test that gives you a comprehensive air quality audit of the chemicals in the air— Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Mold VOCs (the chemicals emitted from actively growing mold.

Here are some good reasons why you should have your home, or the home you’re about to purchase, tested today:

1. 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.

2. 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 seller.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Many newer, more energy-efficient homes do not “breathe” correctly. Home Air Check could potentially discover HVAC issues so they can be corrected before the home transaction takes place.

6. 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.

7. Soil gas from environmental contamination can seep into the basement similar to radon. Our VOC test can observe this contamination.

What are VOCs?

Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals that are emitted as gases from solids or liquids and easily evaporated into the air at room temperature. Concentrations of these chemicals can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors. Thousands of products, many that we use every day, or are exposed to every day, emit VOCs into the air while they are being used, and, to some degree, even when they are stored. These products include:

  • Paints & varnishes
  • Moth balls
  • Solvents
  • Building materials
  • Pesticides
  • Gasoline
  • Fuel oil
  • Cooking oils, etc.
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Carpeting
  • Wallpaper
  • Vinyl flooring Copiers & printers
  • Upholstery & fabrics
  • Glues & adhesives
  • Permanent markers
  • Craft materials
  • Cosmetics
  • Hair care products
  • Air fresheners
  • Disinfectants
  • Furniture (pressed wood)
  • Vehicle exhaust
  • Tobacco smoke

While all VOCs have the potential to be harmful, there are a few common VOCs that can be particularly dangerous, and are emitted from a number of products in our homes. These common VOCs are formaldehyde, benzene, and phenol, and are classified as Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For a complete list of all 188 HAPs, click here to visit the EPA website.

Facts You Should Know:

  • 1. VOCs are present in many household products and materials
  • 2. Most VOCs can’t be detected by smell
  • 3. Asthma prevalence & severity continue to rise while outdoor air pollutants continue to decline. This strongly suggests that poor indoor air quality plays key contributing role to increase in asthma illnesses.
  • 4. Many types of VOCs can exacerbate or trigger asthma symptoms in asthma patients
  • 5. VOCs and mold are two key classes of indoor air contaminants that contribute to exacerbation of asthma

Why You Should Have Us Test Your Air for VOC’s & mVOC’s

  • Our test is a composite home air quality assessment
  • Monitors for 400+ airborne chemicals and hidden mold growth with single air sample
  • One test covers up to 2,000 sq. ft.
  • Identifies pollutants that could make you sick
  • Helps answer “What’s that smell?”
  • Identifies solvents possibly used by Meth labs
  • Identifies sulfur compounds found in contaminated Chinese drywall
  • Formaldehyde test available (additional charge)
  • Recommendations to improve air quality
  • Clear and concise analysis reports
  • Reports total VOC and mold levels
  • Predicts VOC sources giving you an action plan
  • Peace-of-mind
  • 2-for-1 air quality assessments: VOCs and active mold growth
  • No drilling of holes in walls necessary (as with some mold spore testing)
  • Detailed chemical analysis available (additional charge)