VOC / Gas Inspection Testing in Los Angeles Ventura County
VOC (volatile organic compounds) are common and are often health hazards, Affordable Inspection Services Inc. offers affordable VOC Gas Inspection Testing in Los Angeles Ventura County, VOC in the Los Angeles County home or office can come from all sorts of commonly used materials (see list below). Therefore, VOC / Gas Inspection Testing in Los Angeles Ventura County is necessary on those occasions when your home or office may be causing inexplicable symptoms (see below). VOC Gas Inspection Testing in Los Angeles Ventura County for living or working facilities is another one of our expert and fast-responding services.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) in Your Home
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a large group of carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. There are thousands of different VOCs produced and used in our daily lives, while most people can smell high levels of some VOC’s, other VOC’s are odorless. Odor does not indicate the level of risk from inhalation of this group of chemicals. Call today for your VOC Gas Inspection Testing in Los Angeles Ventura County.
How Do I Test My House
VOC gas testing is performed in a number of ways, there are instruments that provide direct reading of total VOC levels, and gas detector tubes that will detect specific gases at concentrations of parts per million. Many times these levels gas are above the normal detection level, and an air sample must be collected and sent to the laboratory for analysis. Air samples can be collected in Tedlar bags, summa canisters or preferably in sorbent tubes. Affordable Inspection Services Inc. offers VOC Gas Inspection Testing in Los Angeles Ventura County and can determine the best method of sampling depending on the project, and provide these services at a reasonable cost.
Where Do VOC’s in the Home Come From
With VOC Gas Inspection Testing in Los Angeles Ventura County we have identified many products in our homes that release “off-gas” VOCs. Some examples of sources of VOCs are:
Carpets and adhesives
Composite wood products
Home & Personal Care Products
Air cleaners that produce ozone
Cleaning and disinfecting chemicals
Fuel oil, gasoline
Vehicle exhaust running a car in an attached garage
Non-electric space heaters
Stored paints and chemicals
Wood burning stoves
Studies have shown that the level of indoor VOC’s is generally two to five times higher than the level of VOC’s outdoors. VOC concentrations in indoor air depend on many factors, including the:
- Amount of VOCs in a product;
- Rate at which the VOCs are released;
- Volume of the air in the room/building;
- Ventilation rate or the area; and
- Outdoor concentrations of VOCs.
What Levels of VOC are Safe
The best health protection measure is to limit your exposure to products and materials that contain VOC’s when possible. Various agencies and organizations maintain databases of health effects and recommended exposure limits. Some of these are as follows:
- US Department of Health and Human Services
- National Institute for Occupational Exposure (NIOSH)
- American Conference of Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
If symptoms persist, consult with your doctor to rule out serious health conditions that may have similar symptoms.
Are Some People at Greater Risk from VOC Exposure Than Others
Persons with respiratory problems such as asthma, young children, elderly, and persons with heightened sensitivity to chemicals may be more susceptible to irritation and illness from VOCs. Call today we offer affordable rates on VOC Gas Inspection Testing in Los Angeles Ventura County.