Identify deficiencies that may impact IEQ and/or sources of odor concerns. Typically includes the following depending on the nature of concern, but not limited to:
- interview/questionnaire of concern individual(s)
- inspection above drop ceiling (condition of roof deck, pipe insulation, return air plenum)
- inspection of ventilation system (operation of variable air volume box and outdoor air dampers, check controls, measurements of carbon dioxide, temperature and relative humidity, sources near outdoor air intake, measure return and supply air volume, cleanliness of coils, liner and condensate pan)
- inspection of exterior
- inspection below drop ceiling (housekeeping, sink and floor drain traps, signs of past and present moisture concern via visual and/or moisture meter, mold growth, ensure connection of current and capping of abandoned sanitary vents, odorizers, excessive plants and fabric items, identify potential pathways, and measure volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, and lighting)
Date(s) of Assessment: July 22, 2019
It was reported that the odor sensed by school staff members may be associated with electrical equipment.
No odors were sensed during the assessment.
The HVAC unit and thermostat were operating properly.
Rust was observed at the bottom of the front door frame.
The walls (drywall) were probed with a moisture meter. Elevated moisture was detected in the drywall near the front door.
An inspection hole was cut into the drywall and mold growth was observed on the backside of the drywall (approximately two-square feet).
The impacted drywall was removed and replaced by Building Services (Carpentry). The wall cavity was inspected by Building Services and the cause of the leak was determined to be the doors. The doors are currently in the process of being replaced.
If a smoke odor is detected and is thought to represent a fire hazard, Administration should contact Building Services (Electrical) or if thought to be an emergency the Fire Department.