Chemical Pollutants or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Volatile chemical pollutants found in homes mostly come from household products such as fragrances, cosmetics and other scented products.

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Volatile chemical pollutants can be found in our homes


They may be emitted by various products and materials commonly found in homes.

Here are a few examples :

  • Paints, solvents, varnish
  • Creosote or other outdoor maintenance product
  • Heating oil spills
  • New construction material (new construction or major renovation)
  • Products to exterminate rodents and insects
  • Etc.

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Why is it important to analyze indoor air quality?

At higher concentrations, VOCs can cause various ailments such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, irritation, and dehydration. In some cases, people may experience intolerance or allergic reactions to VOCs, making them sensitive to even low levels of chemical pollutants.

Benjel is experienced in screening airborne volatile organic compounds. In many cases, it is also possible to identify the exact pollutant. The chemist in charge of analyzing the composition of pollutants in your home's air will help you to identify the source and come up with a solution to eliminate it.

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Volatile organic compounds and chemical pollutants are  by-products of certain manufacturing processes and human, agricultural or industrial activities. They can be present in a dwelling. These substances can be found in both indoor and outdoor air.  They can affect the quality of the air you inhale in your home.

These chemical contaminants can be dangerous to health. For the well-being of each occupant of your home, it is essential to avoid its proliferation. For this reason, it is essential to know these compounds as well as their origin. In order to protect yourself from their harmful effects, do not hesitate to call on us. At Benjel, we can carry out the required analyses.

Chemical contaminants may be present in our homes

On the other hand, VOCs can spread into indoor air in a variety of ways, including:

  • Tobacco smoke;
  • Cooking and especially frying;
  • The exhaust gas of a car coming from the garage;
  • Incense and candles...

Why is it important to analyze indoor air quality?

Chemical contaminants can pose a significant health risk by polluting the air we breathe. They are not only likely to contaminate food, but also the air. Even worse, they can be harmful to health. Many people believe that chemical pollution is only effective when products are manufactured.

However, some compounds can still be  harmful, due to the fact that they are introduced or used inside the house.  Whenlarge concentrations of chemical pollutants are accumulated indoors, their dangerousness is particularly high, much more than outdoors.

Some people, in this casepregnant women, theelderly, children and people with asthma, bronchitis or lung disease, may be more vulnerable than others.