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If you’ve lived in Hillsborough county, Florida, for long, you know that mold is a constant threat. This fuzzy fungus grows outdoors, but it can also set up shop in your home, especially in damp or humid areas.

Mold is much more than a musty-smelling nuisance, though. It can also affect the indoor air quality (IAQ) in your home, thanks to the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that it produces. Learn what VOCs are and how they can decrease IAQ, potentially making your family sick.

Where VOCs Come From

VOCs are gasses that certain solid or liquid substances emit. Along with mold, household items like paint, glue, and even cleaning products all have the power to produce VOCs. Some products emit these chemicals when you use them, such as when you apply a new coat of paint or when you clean a surface.

Others, like mold, can produce low levels of VOCs for long periods of time. As mold consumes the surface underneath it, the internal chemical reactions leads to carbon dioxide and VOCs.

How VOCs Can Impact Indoor Air Quality

Since VOCs are airborne chemicals, they can mix with the air supply in your home and circulate through each room. When you inhale them, they commonly cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, along with the potential for headaches and nausea.

In some cases, exposure to VOCs can also lead to kidney and liver damage or even cancer. High levels of VOC exposure or inhaling these chemicals over a long period of time can lead to bigger health problems.

How to Eliminate VOCs

You can lower the level of VOCs in your home by increasing ventilation, using high-level air filtration, and limiting the chemical products you use and store indoors. In some cases, however, odor elimination and air filtration aren’t enough. If mold is your biggest VOC producer, you need professional mold testing and remediation.

If you suspect that VOCs have contaminated your indoor air quality, don’t wait to take action or find out more about mold remediation. Call the ServiceMaster Restore team today at 813-603-2001.

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