FOR RESIDENTS: Indoor Air Monitoring Procedure

Friday, December 7, 2012

The following is a description of the steps that will be involved in testing the air quality in your home. 

  1. You will be escorted to your home by a police officer and an air monitoring technician.
  2. Once at your home, the technician will measure the air quality outside your home and document for record keeping purposes.
  3. You will need to open your home so that the technician accompanied by the police officer can enter your home to conduct air monitoring. 
  4. The technician will monitor the air on each floor of your home, including the basement.
  5. Technicians will use a survey meter that can measure vinyl chloride as well as many other compounds that are sometimes found in indoor air.  If this instrument doesn’t detect any compounds, you will be given the results of your testing and can return home.
  6. If the survey instrument detects any compounds, vinyl chloride may be present, and the technician will use another instrument that specifically measures vinyl chloride.  If this instrument does not detect vinyl chloride, you will be given your testing results and can return home.
  7. If vinyl chloride is detected in your home, you can remain outside your home, or return to the community assistance center while a professional ventilation company is used to ventilate your home to remove any remaining vinyl chloride.  This process is expected to take approximately two hours.  After this is complete, your house will be retested for vinyl chloride to ensure that there is no detectable vinyl chloride in your home.