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:

Building Materials

 

Carpets and adhesives

Composite wood products

Paints

Sealing caulks

Solvents

Upholstery fabrics

Varnishes

Vinyl Floors

Home & Personal Care Products

 

Air fresheners

Air cleaners that produce ozone

Cleaning and disinfecting chemicals

Cosmetics

Fuel oil, gasoline

Moth balls

Vehicle exhaust running a car in an attached garage

Behaviors

 

Cooking

Drycleaning

Hobbies

Newspapers

Non-electric space heaters

Photocopiers

Smoking

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.

Health Effects of VOC Exposure

The risk of health effects from VOC Gas or inhaling any chemical depends on how much is in the air, and how long and how often a person breathes it in. Scientists look at short-term (acute) exposures as hours to days, and long-term (chronic) exposures as years to even lifetime.

Breathing low levels of VOC’s for long periods of time may increase some people’s risk of health problems. Several studies suggest that exposure to VOC’s may make symptoms worse in people who have asthma or are particularly sensitive to chemicals. These are much different exposures than occupational exposures to VOC’s. VOC’s refer to a group of chemicals, each chemical has its own toxicity and potential for causing different health effects. Common symptoms of exposure to VOCs include:

Short-Term (Acute) to high levels of VOCs

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Headaches
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Worsening of asthma symptoms

Long-Term (Chronic) to high levels of VOCs

Increased risk of:

  • Cancer
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Central Nervous System damage

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:

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.

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