Chemicals are everywhere. They are in the food we eat and the water we drink. We are exposed to chemicals at both work and at home. While most chemicals are helpful, some can be harmful if we are exposed to them in harmful quantities which can lead to long term health effects to both you and your family.
In addition, when chemicals or petroleum products are spilled on the ground or leak from underground storage tanks, they can give off gases, or vapors that can get inside homes and buildings. Common products that can cause vapor intrusion are: (1) petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs) such as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel; (2) chlorinated solvents such as the dry cleaning chemical tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene, or PCE) and the degreasing solvents trichloroethylene (TCE), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCA), and PCE.
The vapors from these products move through the soil and seep through cracks in basements, foundations, sewer lines and other openings. Vapor intrusion is a concern because vapors can build up to a point where the health of residents or workers in those buildings could be at risk.
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