Testing Your Home and Workspace for Common Contaminants
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are prevalent in homes and
office settings, as they are emitted from items such as paint, cleaning
products, pesticides, copiers, adhesives, and many other common
items. Prolonged exposure can cause illness such as upper respiratory
irritation, asthma, fatigue, and even cancer. You can test for
indoors by using the
Organic Vapor Screen
Check, which measures
over 50 compounds
mineral spirits, hexane, and styrene. All compounds can be detected
at levels as low as 0.03 parts per million (ppm) for a 24-hour test.
Formaldehyde was used in insulation in the 70s, and although
that practice has stopped, it is still found in shampoo, cosmetics,
construction materials, cleaning supplies, and other common household
items. The workplace can be a significant source of formaldehyde
exposure, as it is found in carpeting, furniture (glue), and cabinets. It
has been linked to reduced
fertility, spontaneous abortion,
nausea, and endometriosis.
The Formaldehyde Screen
Check can help identify
indoor concentration levels
to determine if there is a health risk. The test can absorb
formaldehyde particulates by collecting air from an indoor area
of up to 2,800 square feet over a 24-48 hour testing period.
The Mold Screen Check tests for
hundreds of different types of mold.
Mold is a rapidly-growing fungus that
can be found just about everywhere
in nature. However, in areas that are
regularly dark and damp, mold levels
can become problematic. Seeing mold
growth, smelling a musty odor, or
finding water stains are mold-growth
indicators around the home or office
space. Unfortunately, mold cannot
always be seen. It is often hidden
within walls, behind furniture, or in
other out-of-sight places. And when
mold is growing in the home or
workplace, it is also present in the air.
Inhaling mold spores can trigger both
allergies and asthma in sensitive people.
Why hire an expensive professional service to test your air quality,
when you can access the same tests that they use, at a fraction of the
cost? If you have health concerns or chemical sensitivities, these test
kits are a great way to put your mind at ease.