In some cases, solids and liquids can release gasses known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These gasses can potentially cause short and long-term harm to your health. Not everyone is aware of this, but the levels of volatile organic compounds and several other air pollutants indoors can be up to five times higher than outdoor air.
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We offer various services in addition to Indoor Air Quality and VOC Testing in Mission Viejo. We also cover all the nearby cities in the region including La Habra, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Westminster, Yorba Linda and Newport Beach. We also carry out a number of the other related air testing services such as mold testing and formaldehyde testing.
Why is this the case? Because some of the activities and products we use indoors can release organic compounds. Household products like disinfectants, air fresheners, hobby supplies, and paints all contain organic solvents. Plus, these gasses tend to condense and spread quickly in enclosed spaces. That’s why it’s important to test the quality of air in your home regularly, and you can contact a reputable environmental service company in your local area to test the air quality in your home or office.
VOC Health Effects
VOCs are a group of chemicals that are released from building materials and other products during the off-gassing process. Please note that extended exposure to volatile organic solvents can be detrimental to health.
The following are some of the most common complaints that most people have due to exposure to high VOC levels.
- Itchy eyes
- Allergic skin reaction
- Stuffy nose
- Respiratory irritation
- Frequent respiratory infections
- Conjunctival irritation
- Nose and throat discomfort
What Is VOC Testing About?
VOC testing entails collecting and analyzing indoor air samples for toxic materials. After collection, these samples are sent to an independent accredited lab for testing. Depending on your home or office building, a VOC test might take anywhere from one to three hours. In addition to domestic and residential air quality and VOC testing, we also perform all levels of commercial indoor air quality testing.
When You Should Conduct Indoor Air Quality and VOC Testing
You should always conduct indoor air quality testing when you move into a new home. Pollutants like VOCs and mold may already be present before you move in.
Since these pollutants are dangerous, identifying them before moving in is a smart move. Also, if you’ve lived in your home for a while, consider contacting a certified environmental service company to test the air quality in your indoor spaces. Here are some specific situations where you may need to contact a certified indoor air quality testing service.
- Your home has had plumbing leaks or suffers from high humidity levels.
- You just set up a printer or photocopying machine at your workplace.
- You recently renovated or installed a piece of new furniture in your home or office.
- You recently sprayed paint in your home.
Generally, if you make use of various chemicals in your workplace, you should be very aware of your indoor air quality and consider testing on a more frequent basis than other businesses.
Should You Test for VOCs Regularly?
Yes, you should perform a VOC test every couple of years. Why? Because most indoor activities like cooking and cleaning release volatile organic compounds. Since these harmful gasses are closely linked to your daily activities, it’s best to test the air quality in your home fairly often.
If earlier testing showed hazardous levels of a certain pollutant, you should definitely test for it after you have undertaken the remediation work, to ensure it’s no longer an active threat. Note that by monitoring the air quality in your home, you are ensuring that you and your family are safe from these dangerous gasses.
Can You Avoid Exposure to VOCs?
Yes, you certainly can reduce your potential exposure by controlling the sources of these contaminants. For example, when renovating your home, look for paint and other building materials that contain low VOCs. Other ways to avoid VOCs include.
- Don’t smoke in or close to your house.
- Minimize the use of incense, aerosol deodorizers, and other scented products.
- Consider storing building materials and furnishings outside, in a protected environment before use if possible. Storing these materials lets the gas escape before bringing them into your home.
How We Perform Indoor Air Quality and VOC Testing
When you contact us to test the air quality in your home, we either collect a specific volume of air samples or run it through an absorber. We collect air samples for both homes and commercial buildings. The specialist in charge of the test may recommend taking air samples from various locations within your home or office for better results.
After collecting the samples, they are taken to the laboratory for analysis. The lab will then analyze the air sample for VOCs. The certified lab professionals conduct this test using approved testing techniques.
After the test, we’ll compile the results and prepare a report along with recommendations on how to best improve your home’s air quality.
We conduct air quality and VOC testing anywhere in the Mission Viejo region as well as most of the major cities in California. We are professionals with over two decades of experience in the environmental service space. However, we do not take care of the remediation, which means that all of our results are independent and free of any bias. We have no incentive other than to supply you with the exact and honest results found in the analysis of the samples taken from your building.
What Other Tests Do We Perform
In addition to VOC testing, we also carry out chemical testing, water testing, mold testing, odor investigation and testing, and allergen testing. We can also test your home for E. coli, dust mites, and even testing for traces of methamphetamine.
Why Hire Us?
If you don’t know where to find a reliable environmental service company, here are some reasons to hire us.
- Reputable Brand
We have over two decades of experience in the environmental service space and hundreeds of positive reviews to back up the quality of our services. Also, we are an accredited, unbiased company that can deliver accurate results without conflict of interest.
- Detailed Report
We give a detailed report of our findings and the level of pollutants found in your home or office. Additionally, we mail the lab reports from the lab as soon as we receive the information from them. We are also happy to walk you through how to read the test reports.
- Test for Other Pollutants
Our company also tests for certain high-level chemicals that may be present in your home. We test for chemicals and pollutants like organic waste, methamphetamine, combustion gasses, and tobacco smoke.
- Prompt Service
Setting up an appointment is stress-free, and we arrive promptly at the agreed-upon time. We are also happy to walk you through each step of the process and answer all your questions.
- Attention to Details
We conduct multiple tests to figure out what’s causing your breathing problems at home. We cover different locations in your home or workspace and we will use the optimal testing procedure for your unique situation.
- Available 7 Days a Week
If you need us, we’re here for you 7 days a week from 7.30 AM until 8.00 pm.
Contact Us Today!
Unfortunately, not all volatile organic compounds (VOCs) give off an unpleasant smell when they are released. So, you may be breathing them in without even knowing it. By contacting us, you can test the air quality in your home, which will allow you to confirm the appropriate kind of remediation, if that should be necessary. Contact A-1 Certified Environmental Services to discuss your options and obtain a quote.