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Chicago Area Building Experts Solve Complex Vapor Intrusion Problems


The building consulting experts at EC2 supply decades of environmental and building structure knowledge to identify vapor intrusion problems and protect occupants from toxic vapors.

Vapor intrusion is often defined as a gaseous substance emanating from petroleum products or chemicals. These gases seep through cracks in foundations or sewer lines and enter buildings. According to the EPA, the potential health issues vary and are dependent upon the types of chemicals and concentrations of the chemicals.

The length of exposure to the chemicals and the overall health of those being exposed are all factors that determine how building occupants will react. Exposures can range from minor irritations like headaches or nausea to more significant problems like chronic disease. In extreme cases it could even lead to cancer from prolonged exposure.

For residential and commercial property owners in the greater Chicago area one name regularly appears when problems with indoor air quality or vapor intrusion events occur, EC2, Inc. (ec2). With over 4,000 indoor air quality (IAQ) investigations successfully resolved involving microbial and chemical contaminants; ec2 has the experience and knowledge to quickly solve clients’ problems.

When ec2 investigates vapor intrusion cases Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are often sampled for and typically include an array of compounds. A common sampling procedure utilized by ec2 includes operating devices such Summa™ canisters to capture air samples. This method allows for rapid laboratory analysis and is extremely sensitive for detecting even small amounts of VOCs.

“Property owners and building occupants need to take vapor intrusion issues seriously just as the Environmental Protection Agency does already,” reported Ed Chambers, President of ec2. “Vapor intrusion cases are typically complex and involve many aspects of building sciences, physics and even geology. It’s imperative that only experienced IAQ consultants handle these multifaceted cases to ensure a successful outcome.”

People interested in learning more about environmental, IAQ and building science issues can follow ec2 on Twitter at To learn more about ec2 please visit, email or call (815) 703-9000.

About EC2, Inc.
EC2 is a leading provider of environmental consulting and inspection services for clients across the United States. Based in the Chicago area, the company provides their services to clients ranging from local companies and institutions to international Fortune 500 corporations.


 Indoor Air Quality
 Vapor Intrusion
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