Puerto Ricans Have Direct Access to the Caribbean’s Vapor Intrusion Experts

Zimmetry Environmental provides vapor intrusion consulting services to identify hazardous situations that could impact building occupants’ health.


Bayamon, Puerto Rico – WEBWIRE – Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In buildings with low concentrations of volatile chemicals, the main concern is whether the chemicals may pose an unacceptable risk of chronic health effects due to long-term exposure.

Vapor intrusion is the process by which chemicals migrate to the indoor air above a contaminated site.  Vapor intrusion generally occurs when there is movement of volatile chemicals from contaminated groundwater or soil into an overlying building.   These types of cases can occur anywhere that buildings are constructed on a contaminated site or when contaminants migrate underground from one area to another.

Many volatile chemicals have been used in the past at everything from manufacturing facilities to dry cleaners.  Once in the ground, these chemicals can emit vapors that may migrate through subsurface soils and into indoor air spaces of buildings in ways similar to that of radon gas seeping into homes. Volatile chemicals may include volatile organic compounds, select semi-volatile organic compounds and some inorganic analytes, such as elemental mercury, radon and hydrogen sulfide.

In extreme cases, the vapors may accumulate in dwellings or occupied buildings to levels that may pose near-term safety hazards, acute health effects or aesthetic problems such as unpleasant odors. Typically, however, the chemical concentration levels are low.

“In buildings with low concentrations of volatile chemicals, the main concern is whether the chemicals may pose an unacceptable risk of chronic health effects due to long-term exposure,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental.  “A complicating factor in evaluating the potential chronic risk from vapor intrusion is the potential presence of some of the same chemicals from emission sources within a building that may pose, separately or in combination with vapor intrusion, a significant human health risk.  Air testing conducted by seasoned experts in vapor intrusion can help to determine if there is a problem.  Testing will identify what chemicals and gases are present and at what levels.” 

For over a decade, people and companies across Puerto Rico and the Caribbean have turned to Zimmetry Environmental when faced with vapor intrusion concerns or issues.  To learn more about Zimmetry Environmental and their vapor intrusion, indoor air quality, environmental and compliance consulting services, please visit www.zimmetry.com, call (787) 995.0005 or email info@zimmetry.com .

About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals and Fortune 500 companies.  The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America.  The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality, asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs and general environmental consulting services.


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