If your home already has some flooring installed that is off-gassing
, there are ways to improve the indoor air quality Before you start ripping all the Bad stuff up.
Off-gassing continues in the body after surfacing from a dive until the inert gas (nitrogen) in all tissues equalizes with ambient air.
This off-gassing will not cause a problem as long as the blood is able to carry the nitrogen to the lungs before bubbles form.
Start with these best practices to reduce off-gassing in your buildings:
In the 2001 construction of its campus in North Carolina, the EPA found that total VOCs dropped to an acceptable range between 12 and 14 days after the beginning of the 90-day flush-out--evidence that proper planning and steps to prevent off-gassing save time and money in the long run.
In addition to the practice of reducing heat to mitigate off-gassing
, reducing interior temperatures supportive of mold growth in humid environments need not depend entirely on HVAC systems.
Triggers vary widely, from cigarette smoke and molds and mildews to the off-gassing
of vinyl materials.
All of the furniture is covered with a lacquer that eliminates toxic off-gassing
. There won't be any off-gassing
from the walls, either, since they're covered with paint free of volatile organic compounds or wallpaper made from recycled fibers.
Pure polyester retains its initial heat-set and so doesn't need the off-gassing
, formaldehyde-laced permanent-press treatment of cotton and cotton-polyester blends.
These traditional enhancements may, in fact, be exposing an infant bundle of joy to a slew of toxic chemicals, from the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) wafting off fresh paint to the formaldehyde off-gassing
from carpeting, furniture, and even new bedding.