Chemicals and VOC Testing
VOC stands for volatile organic compounds, an umbrella term for over 10,000 chemical compounds that may be found in your indoor air. Although these chemicals have the word “organic” (meaning carbon-based) in their name, don’t be fooled into thinking they are harmless. Some are known carcinogens (cancer-causing substances), including formaldehyde, benzene, and methylene chloride.
Health Effects of VOCs
VOCs can cause numerous health effects. The severity of symptoms related to VOC exposure depends on an individual’s sensitivity, how long they’ve been exposed to VOCs, and the concentration of the chemicals. VOCs can cause health concerns such as:
Common Household Sources of VOCs
When to Test Your Home for VOCs
Even molds produce VOCs as they decompose materials around your home. A VOC test helps pinpoint the problem areas and serves as a benchmark for improvement.