Numerous do-it-yourself mail in VOC test kits are available that promise quick results. However, air sampling tests done by a qualified technician are the only reliable way to get proper and accurate results.
Testor offers the EPA approved TO-15 method of testing for VOCs. This method collects air samples using special stainless-steel canisters. Our technician will set up the test and then it is left to run. The air sampling runs for a 24 hour period. Then, our technician will return to stop the testing and collect the sample. The canister will be delivered to an ELAP certified lab for analysis. There are over 80 VOCs that are quantifiable using this method and you will receive a detailed report of findings.
Individual tests can be performed to look for specific VOCs. For example, formaldehyde is one of the more common compounds and there are different methods of testing available. Formaldehyde can be very common in homes. It comes from a variety of sources including plywood, particle board, some fabrics and carpets. It also results from combustion, so tobacco or wood burning smoke can be factors. Because it is so prevalent and can have harmful health effects, testing for formaldehyde may be something to be aware of and consider.