Concern: Pointers Run Elementary School: February 24th, 2020 (CXPRES2020000154)

Media Center and 2nd Grade Pod
Date of IEQ Report Form
Date of Report
March 9th, 2020
The Office of the Environment was contacted by Building Services (Plumbing) to report a plumbing leak which originated in the penthouse of the school.
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: February 18, 19, 20, 21, and 24, 2020.

Response Actions

  • The Office of the Environment was notified of the leak on February 18, 2020. The Office of the Environment arrived onsite that morning to preform an assessment. The leak originated within the penthouse located above the media center. Building Services (Plumbing) repaired the source of the leak. Impacted areas included the media center, media offices, network closet, art storage closet, portions of the 2nd Grade Pod, a storage closet, a custodial closet, and several bathrooms.
  • A board approved restoration contractor arrived onsite (February 18) and worked with the Office of the Environment to delineate the area of impact.
  • Drywall, ceiling tiles, carpet, fiberglass duct insulation, casework, and bookcases in the area directly below the penthouse were removed and discarded. The cove base on drywall and the toe-kicks on select casework were removed from ancillary areas. Dehumidifiers and air movers were placed to facilitate the drying process.
  • Impacted books that could be salvaged were collected for restoration by a third-party document restoration contractor.
  • Progress was assessed daily by the Office of the Environment and/or the board-approved restoration contractor. Adjustments were made to equipment as needed. Areas of impact were confirmed dry on February 24, 2020. Building Services will/is in the process of performing restoration efforts.
  • No further action is required from the Office of the Environment. The response actions are intended to prevent micobiological growth. The Office of the Environment will re-assess the area of impact in the future as part of the school's annual IEQ walkthrough process.
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