Concern: Guilford Elementary School: November 1st, 2018 (CXXGES2018000086)

Room 160
Date of IEQ Report Form
Date of Report
February 15th, 2019
Allergy like symptoms (itchy eyes, runny nose, throat, ear, headaches) increase greatly while in room. Symptoms are reported to alleviate once the individual leaves the room, whether to another part of the building or in general.
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: November 29, 2018 and February 15, 2019

Two stained ceiling tiles were observed in the room.

The supply diffusers had dust accumulation on them.

One ceiling tile had a hole in it.

No elevated moisture was detected in the carpet.

No elevated moisture was detected in the drywall.

No thermal anomalies indicative of elevated moisture were detected.

No mold growth was observed within the space.

A faint carpet odor was observed within the room prior to the operation of the HVAC system. This is typical.

The Air Handling Unit that services the space was assessed. No concerns were identified with the coils or filters.

Mold/Mildew was observed near the intake of the unit.

Cardboard was placed at the outdoor intake blocking air flow.

Corrective Actions
February 15th, 2019

Custodial Services is to place a work order for Building Services to identify the cause of the stained ceiling tiles. The tiles should be changed after the cause has been identified and corrected.

February 15th, 2019

Custodial Services is to replace the broken ceiling tile.

February 15th, 2019

Custodial Services is to clean the supply diffusers.

February 15th, 2019

The Office of the Environment cleaned the mold/mildew near the air handling units intake. The Office of the Environment removed the cardboard from the units outdoor intake.

November 30th, 2019

A work order (#96823) was created for Building Services (HVAC) to further assess the unit. No concerns were identified by Building Services.

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