EPA TO-15 Testing
If an unpleasant odor of unknown origin is present in your home or workplace or occupants are developing headaches or a feeling of nausea, Professional Building Inspectors, Inc. can help identify the source. By utilizing a sophisticated test called a TO-15 we are able to test for a wide range of substances called volatile organic compounds (VOC).
According to the EPA, VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs have been shown to emanate from many building materials including wood, linoleum, paint, plastics, PVC floor covering, glues, wood preservatives, and putty. Mold and other fungi also give off VOCs as they grow and decompose our build materials. These microbial VOCs (MVOCs) have been linked to ill health of building occupants and are indicative of microbial growth somewhere in the building.
Professional Building Inspectors, Inc. can use the TO-15, in addition to our other services, to determine the concentration and identity of many organic compounds without downtime to your business or invasive means to your home. TO-15 collection and analysis affords the best approach to the isolation and identification of your problem toxic volatile organic compounds. Please contact our office for more information on unknown odor identification.