VOC Testing

VOC testing in Ottawa and Montreal
Ottawa & Montreal

If you’ve ever bought a new piece of furniture and noticed a “new” smell coming from it, what you’re actually smelling is a volatile organic compound (VOC). VOCs can be both human-made or occur naturally in the environment–either way, high VOC levels are strong indicators of an air quality issue. For this reason, VOC testing in Ottawa is important for all home owners.

Did you know that concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors? This toxic air is most often produced by the off-gassing of everyday household items like

  • Paint, varnishes and coatings
  • Furniture and appliances
  • Cleaning products
  • Office equipment
  • Air fresheners, candles and perfumes

And since Canadians spend nearly 90% of their time indoors, long-term exposure to VOCs can lead to major health problems such as breathing difficulties, allergies, headaches and overall discomfort.

Mold Busters can help put your mind at ease with our fast and affordable VOC testing in Montreal or Ottawa. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

What Are VOCs?
What Are VOCs?

How VOCs affect your health

Long-term exposure to VOCs can be harmful to your health, causing a number of allergic, respiratory and immune conditions.

The following is a list of short-term effects of VOC exposure:

  • Eye and throat irritation
  • Dizziness, nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Worsening of asthma
  • Sick Building Syndrome

Long-term exposure to VOCs can also put you at an increased risk of cancer, liver and kidney damage, and problems with the central nervous system.

It is a good idea to do a VOC test before purchasing a new home to make sure that the building materials used do not contain harmful synthetic compounds. We also recommend getting a test if you notice persistent smells or experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms on a recurring basis.

Tips for reducing VOC levels in your home

VOCs are frequently found in household products, furnishings and building materials. Air fresheners, furniture, vehicle exhaust, tobacco smoke, paint, varnish and glue all contain VOCs, which account for the familiar “odour” associated with these products.

When these VOCs are emitted into the air in a process known as off-gassing, they add up, decreasing indoor air quality and creating a toxic environment.

The key to controlling VOCs is to get your indoor air tested and to act quickly to address any problems revealed by the test results. That said, most air quality problems arise due to a lack of proper ventilation and air exchange.

Here’s what you can do to help keep VOC concentrations low and minimize the negative effects of off-gassing:

  • Make sure your ventilation and air conditioning system is working efficiently.
  • Open windows and doors regularly.
  • Fix sources of moisture intrusion.
  • Buy low-emission, low-VOC or no-VOC products such as paints and varnishes.
  • Do not smoke indoors (second-hand smoke contains several VOCs).
  • Avoid some personal-care products and cleaning products such as air fresheners and deodorizers.
  • Remove black mold.

Remember, the first step in fixing a problem is identifying what it is. Mold Busters can help. Call us to book VOC testing in Ottawa or VOC testing in Montreal today.