toxic substances

Toxic gases, formaldehyde, VOC

Our homes are designed as increasingly airtight environments, with highly insulated windows and ceiling. This has strongly reduced the ventilation with external air, favoring the action of pollutants and micro organisms, that this way can proliferate inside the building and are distributed in the environment.

CAUSES OF INDOOR POLLUTION IN OUR HOMES

A home doesn’t breathe just through doors and windows, but, like skin, through all its structure: floor, walls, ceiling. The elements that block the breathing are walls with thermal insulation, walls covered with paint and plastic resins, synthetic wallpaper and adhesives, tar waterproofed roofs.
If doors and windows have also seals and double glazing, ventilation is reduced by 10%.

The materials commonly used today in construction, sometimes hide some dangers: cements and limes are often mixed with synthetic compounds to gain better and faster hardening; the air spaces inside the walls are filled with foams, insulating and sound absorbing materials of chemical origin. The materials used for flooring, tile adhesives and some paints give a great contribution to domestic pollution; the synthetic materials used in plastic floors and in laminated surfaces of furniture, after some time can release in the air some polluting particles in form of volatile substances that can enter the body with breath.

The exposition to volatile organic compounds (VOC) such as solvents or formaldehyde can lead to:

  • neurosensory fatigue (headache, olfactory discomfort)
  • conjunctival and respiratory mucosa irritation
  • increase in allergies, both respiratory and cutaneous (airborne dermatitis)
  • neurobehavioural effects
  • suspected increased frequency of tumors

If you want to check the quality of air in your home, ask the expert for a free evaluation.