Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) (Base Test)

VOCs are chemicals that evaporate or vaporize readily and are often harmful to human health and the environment.

The test performed in your home by our analyst determined the total level of airborne chemicals (TVOCs).

If a home is not properly ventilated, harmful pollutants, some of which are known carcinogens, can accumulate and, over time, pose serious health problems, including cancer, fatigue, headaches, breathing difficulties, strained eyes and itchy skin. By making some simple behavioural changes and using VOC-friendly products you can reduce the level of contaminants in your home.

Sources of VOCs in the home

  • Paints, paint strippers and other solvents
  • Wood preservatives
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Household cleaners and disinfectants
  • Air Fresheners
  • Stored fuels and automotive products
  • Hobby supplies including glues, adhesives, permanent markers
  • Dry-cleaned clothing
  • Building materials and furnishings


Health effects may include

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Headaches, loss of coordination, nausea
  • Damage to liver, kidneys and central nervous system
  • Cancer


Steps to reduce exposure:

  • Ban smoking – don’t allow other to smoke in your home
  • Identify, and if possible, remove the source.
  • Increase ventilation (have plenty of fresh air) when using products that emit VOCs.
  • Meet or exceed any label precautions.
  • Do not store opened containers of unused paints and similar materials within the home
  • If not possible to remove, reduce exposure by using a sealant on all exposed surfaces of panelling and other furnishings.
  • Use household products according to manufacturer's directions.
  • Throw away unused or little-used containers safely; buy in quantities that you will use soon.
  • Never mix household care products unless directed on the label.
  • Eliminate Odours, don’t mask them – Find the source of the bad smell and clean it up. Where appropriate, use baking soda in the area instead of air fresheners, which cost more and contain harmful chemicals.
  • Use natural cleaning products
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets.
  • Check labels when making purchases.

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