Worried about VOCs? Here's what you need to know.

First, a little background information: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are gasses released into the air from some solids and liquids. VOCs include fumes from items such as cleaning products, cosmetics (including nail polish), building materials, and many others. While some VOCs like fuel vapors can have a strong odor, others are practically odorless, making them hard to detect. In fact, the EPA reports that concentrations of VOCs are typically much higher indoors than outdoors (up to 10 times higher). And, unfortunately, high concentrations of VOCs can cause both short- and long-term health effects.

Keep an eye out for these common symptoms of VOC exposure:

Nose and throat irritation
Skin rashes

The severity of the health problems caused by VOCs can vary, depending on the specific compound, exposure time, and the concentration of the pollutant. Over time, VOCs can cause damage to your kidneys, liver, and nervous system, and some VOCs are known carcinogens.

That's why it's important to ensure your living and working space are as safe as possible from these volatile organic compounds. At Common Sense Inspections Inc., we offer a full range of indoor air quality testing services, including testing for VOCs. If you have concerns that these chemicals may be negatively impacting the health and safety of your home or business, give our professionals a call today! We can help you get the accurate VOC testing you need to pinpoint the problem. Contact us now to get started.