Concern: Howard High School: August 24th, 2018 (CXHOHS201800000D)

Room V131 in Portable Wing 178
Date of IEQ Report Form
Date of Report
An individual reported a line of suspect mold growth along the bottom of the front wall. The room also contains a stale smell.
IEQ Investigation Process

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:  August 23, 2018

An odor was not detected.

The suspect mold growth was cleaned prior to the investigation.  It was reported to be on the wall in the front of the classroom. The Office of the Environment was not able to confirm the presence of mold growth.

V131 and other rooms were inspected for mold growth.  No mold growth was observed on inspected surfaces.

The drywall (exterior and interior walls) were dry as determined with the use of a moisture meter calibrated to drywall.

The rooms consist of floor tile.

The conditions above the drop ceiling were acceptable.

The tamper proof cover for the thermostat was off, but settings were acceptable parameters.

The roof top ventilation unit serving the room was in acceptable condition (cleanliness) and outdoor air damper was working.

One ceiling tile was observed to have a dry brown water stain.

Corrective Actions
August 27th, 2018

Building Services responded by addressing the source of the stained ceiling tile and replacing the ceiling tile.

Date Closed
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