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Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 @ 7:03pm
VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds are chemical by-products found in many building supplies, products and materials. They can evaporate or off-gas into your home’s indoor air after being installed in your home. For this reason, newly constructed homes and homes that have been recently renovated tend to have higher levels of VOCs.
Objects in your home that contain VOCs: Furniture, paints, carpeting, cabinets, insulation, and treated wood all contain VOCs, as well as products made with adhesives, such as pressed wood, particleboard or MDF (medium density fibreboard). It’s easiest to smell VOCs the strongest in varnishes and some paints. They’re also found in cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes, air fresheners, furnishings and plastics.
Adhesives and caulking are among the worst for off-gassing and VOCs – that’s why you’re supposed to stay out of bathrooms for at least a couple of days after caulking—whereas VOCs in spray foam will dissipate or be non-detectable within a few days.
Using internationally accredited certified labs Mike Holmes Inspections offers VOC testing at a reasonable cost well within industry standards.