What Are Volatile Organic Compounds?
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs): are chemicals that evaporate at room temperature (or above). VOCs are released from products into the home both during use and while stored. VOCs can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, and can damage the liver, kidney, and central nervous system.
CIA’s Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) testing is an excellent overall health barometer for any building. In addition to identifying specific chemical compounds, we can combine tests to uncover the presence of biological contaminants like mold. We then can advise and provide you either further testing or remediation or both. Testing for Radon,Formaldehyde and second hand smoke are options we also provide to test the entire spectrum of Indoor Air Quality hazards.
If elevated VOC levels are present, we will offer our expertise and experience for solutions. In many cases, simply identifying and eleminating the source are is sufficient. In others, advanced filtering solutions may work. Still others may be determined by consultation support utilizing the expertise of our World Class scientific partners ar PRISM labs.
What’s Involved with an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Test
CIA asks questions and listens to your concerns. First, what’s the concern? Are you investigating indoor air quality for a health concern of someone specific in the home (if so, what are the signs and symptoms the person is experiencing)? Is it part of a screening for a newborn (or pregnancy), or someone with asthma or a compromised immune system?I s it a part of a thorough home inspections along with mold, Radon, etc? Finding these things out will help determine what kind of data you need.
We’ll advise on whether you need an overview of the air quality, a detailed chemical listing, or a specific set of target analytes. Other questions will help us determine whether the service you need will require follow-up, 0r any additional services we can recomend beyond the basic testing.
AQ Testing Details
How Long Do the Tests Take?
VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) testing takes 2 hours for typical indoor environments..
Formaldehyde testing takes 30 minutes.
Is Anything Special Required?
No. The area needs only be free of drafts or flowing air that could reduce the test sample quality. Also, we nay raise the tempreature slightly to coax any latent VOCs into the air to simulte summer envirnment.
How do I find out the reults?
After the sampling period, the air samples are sealed and sent to our parners at PRISM for analysis. When they are finished, We’ll e-mail or mail you the test results and go over the findings with you. To see a sample of a real tes (redacted for privacy please download the PDF:
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