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Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Testing

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Volatile organic compounds testing or VOC testing is a method for determining the presence of a specific type of pollutant found in solvents, paints, and other common household products. If these products are not properly sealed and stored, VOCs can permeate the air and cause health problems for people who breathe them in.

This large group of carbon-based chemicals easily evaporates at room temperature. Some VOCs have an odor that most people detectable, but others do not. It is important to note that odor does not indicate the level of risk from inhalation of these chemicals. In general, indoor VOC levels are higher than outdoor levels. The concentration of VOCs in indoor air depends on several factors.

Inhaling any chemical has health risks depending on the amount, duration, and frequency of exposure. Generally, short-term (acute) exposures last from hours to days, while long-term (chronic) exposures last from years to lifetimes.

Some people can experience health problems due to breathing a low level of VOC for an extended time. According to several studies, people with asthma or who are particularly sensitive to chemicals may experience worse symptoms when exposed to VOCs. Prevent all these situations by requesting a VOC air test. I’ve worked with residential and commercial customers in Brookeville, MD, and the greater DMV area, for over 10 years.

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Those with respiratory problems such as asthma, young children, the elderly, and those sensitive to chemicals are more likely to be affected.

Limiting your exposure to VOC-containing products and materials is the best way to protect your health. You might have health problems caused by VOCs in your home. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor to rule out other serious health conditions.

VOCs levels are thought to be measured at home with air filters but it is of limited use and won’t correct a problem. To identify common sources of VOCs, DMV Mold first conducts an inspection of your home. Once I complete the investigation, testing should be conducted to identify the exact compounds in the air.

Common VOCs include:

  • Acetone
  • Benzene
  • Ethylene glycol
  • Formaldehyde
  • Methylene chloride
  • Perchloroethylene
  • Toluene
  • Xylene
  • 1,3-butadiene

If you would like to know more about VOCs testing in Brookeville, MD or anywhere else in the DMV Area, feel free to reach out or take a look at the most common questions customers have below.


  • Where do VOCs come from?

    Many products we have in our homes release off-gas VOCs. I use the example of a new car smell. This is a type of VOC released by the materials in the car. Some common examples of sources of VOCs indoors are:

    • Building Materials
    • Carpets and adhesives
    • Composite wood products
    • Paints
    • Sealing caulks
    • Solvents
    • Upholstery fabrics
    • Varnishes
    • Vinyl Floors
    • Air fresheners
    • Cleaning and disinfecting chemicals
    • Cosmetics
    • Fuel oil, gasoline
    • Vehicle exhaust running a car in an attached garage
    • Cooking
    • Dry cleaning
    • Non-electric space heaters
    • Photocopiers
    • Smoking
    • Stored paints and chemicals
  • What are the symptoms of VOCs exposure?

    • Sensitive to odors
    • Eye, nose, and throat irritation
    • Headaches
    • Nausea / Vomiting
    • Dizziness
    • Worsening of asthma symptoms
    • Cancer
    • Liver damage
    • Kidney damage
    • Central Nervous System damage
  • VOCs & Your Health

    The ability of VOCs to cause health effects varies from those that are highly toxic to those with no known health effects. As with other pollutants, the extent and nature of the health effect will depend on many factors, including the level of exposure and the length of time exposed.

    • Eye and respiratory tract irritation
    • Headaches
    • Dizziness
    • Visual Disorders
    • Memory Impairment

    These are among the immediate symptoms that some people have experienced soon after exposure to certain VOCs. Many VOCs are known to cause cancer in animals; some are known to cause cancer in humans. It is important to consult with a medical professional for proper diagnosis. Children, the elderly, and those who are immune compromised are usually most affected by VOCs. Search EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)

  • VOCs Prevention

    How do I reduce the levels of VOCs in my home or business?

    The most effective action is to remove the product that gives off VOCs. Most products containing VOCs will off-gas within a short period, although some will continue to give off VOCs for a longer period depending on the environment and product.

    Some steps you can take to reduce your exposure to VOCs in the home are:

      1. Source control:  Remove or reduce the number of products in your home that give off VOCs. Only purchase amounts of chemicals you know you will use and carefully follow directions on product labels. Remove unused chemicals from the home because stored chemicals in closed containers can sometimes ‘leak’ and release VOCs into indoor air.

    For new items, consider purchasing:

    • Floor models that have been allowed to off-gas in the store
    • Solid wood items with low emitting finishes
    • New products that contain low or no VOCs (environmentally preferable products)
      1. Ventilation and climate control can be used to reduce exposure to VOCs.
    • Increase ventilation by opening doors and windows, using fans, maximize air brought in from outside
    • Keep the temperature and relative humidity as low as possible or comfortable. Chemicals will off-gas more under warmer conditions with high humidity.
    • If you have a choice, perform renovations when a home is unoccupied or during seasons that will allow for additional ventilation.