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Vapor Intrusion Issues Risk Occupants’ Health


Vapor intrusion occurs when a gaseous substance migrates into a building. For example, volatile organic compounds and other gases can migrate from contaminated soils and groundwater through cracks in foundations or sewer lines and enter a building.

Vapor intrusion can create an indoor environment that damages structural materials and puts building occupants’ health at risk. Human exposure to vapor intrusion may result in irritations such as headaches and nausea, or possibly more significant problems such as cancer or chronic disease from prolonged exposure to toxic vapors.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that potential health issues associated with vapor intrusion vary and are dependent upon the types and concentrations of chemicals involved. The length of exposure to the chemicals and the overall health of those being exposed are also factors that may determine how vapor intrusion will impact building occupants.

Fortunately there are solutions for buildings with vapor intrusion problems. Granular activated carbon filters remove VOCs and other hazardous air pollutants to help protect people and property from vapor intrusion issues. UVDI’s Sparks Technology™ brand of bonded activated carbon filters are ideally designed for effective VOC removal. Sparks Technology utilizes a proprietary bonded activated carbon manufacturing process known as BPS™ (Bonded Particulate Structure) technology that increases its effectiveness over other carbon products.

“Exposure to elevated levels of VOCs or other harmful gases from vapor intrusion issues can be detrimental to people’s health,” reported Ashish Mathur, PhD., UVDI’s Director of Technology. “Sparks Technology’s BPS carbon products, properly installed, will reduce VOC contamination and improve IAQ conditions,” Mathur continued.

To learn more about activated carbon filtration or UVDI please visit, email or call (877) 787-3882.

About UltraViolet Devices, Inc.
UVDI is an ISO 9001-2008 certified manufacturer and supplier of UV-C products for air, surface and water disinfection. Under the ALTRU-V® brand, UVDI markets a full line of products for the HVACR market designed to reduce energy consumption and lower maintenance costs while delivering cleaner, healthier air. Under UVDI’s Sparks Technology™ brand, the company markets gas phase filtration products for use in commercial and industrial applications worldwide.


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