While it may not be something that is brought up much in common discussions, the fact is that volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are important to know about and how they affect our health in Tampa, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Naples, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, and throughout the state of Florida. Interestingly, VOCs are a lot more common than people think, and they can have serious health effects if they aren’t properly dealt with. That’s why at Building Performance Solutions we offer VOC testing for any building, residential or commercial. The causes of volatile organic compounds can be numerous, and once it is determined what sort of VOCs you have, there may be steps to take to combat them. Contact our team today to learn more about VOC testing and to schedule yours.
Sources of VOCs
Often, when you are engaged in an activity, such as painting your living room or even working in an office with copiers, you may smell a different scent from the different things that you are working with or using. What you are smelling usually includes some of the volatile organic compounds, and you don’t want to breathe in these fumes any more than you have to. Whether it is paint, aerosol sprays, air fresheners, furnishings, building materials, or countless other items, they all have a natural tendency to give off VOCs.
But just how bad are these VOCs? If they are so common, then they must not be that bad, right? For most people they may just irritate the eyes and nose and cause throat irritation, but some will suffer from headaches and nausea, and it could lead to organ damage if there is prolonged exposure to these negative compounds.
What To Do About Them
The first thing that you can do if you suspect that you may have VOCs in your building is to bring in our team to do a VOC testing session. This way, you will know if you have them and can make a plan to deal with it. Whenever you are using a product that is known to have or give off VOCs, make sure that you have appropriate ventilation as that will help to dissipate the VOCs. Rather than storing these items in your home, find a different location, if possible, to store them, such as a garage or shed where they will be away from where you are living.
Whether you have recently installed new carpeting, painted a room, or had other things done or added to your building, you likely have VOCs that you may not realize are present in Tampa, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Naples, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, and throughout the state of Florida.
Our team at Building Performance Solutions can perform a VOC testing and provide you with the levels present so that you can take steps to reduce or eliminate them. Contact us today to learn more.