Vapor Intrusion and It's Effect On Your Health

04/14/2017 - Blog

Vapor Intrusion is the process in which chemicals that are found in soil or groundwater travel to indoor air above a contaminated site.

Vapor Intrusion commonly occurs when chemicals or petroleum-based products are spilled on the ground and emit vapors or gases that can rise into households and buildings. Other common products can give off vapor intrusion like gasoline, dry cleaning solvents, paints, paint thinners, new carpeting, furniture, air fresheners, cleaning products, and dry cleaned clothing. 

There are some health concerns when it comes to Vapor Intrusion including: 

  • Eye Irritation 
  • Respiratory Irritation 
  • Headaches
  • Nausea 

The severity of these symptoms will depend on the levels of chemicals found at a site and the length of the exposure. If someone is exposed to these vapors over a long period of time, the risk of cancer or chronic disease will dramatically increase. 

If you are concerned about Vapor Intrusion in your building or home, EBI Consulting can help. Our specialists will identify whether or not your property holds a Vapor Intrusion pathway, then take the necessary steps to manage and mitigate it. If you are interested in learning more about our Vapor Intrusion services, please contact us at [email protected] and we will connect you to a specialist. 


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