Note: The Office of the Environment has recently transitioned to a new Online IEQ platform (as of August 2018). The new platform does not allow the back-dating of IEQ concerns. This concern is inappropriately dated September 27, 2018. The concern should be dated August 14, 2018.
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)
Mold growth was observed on various surfaces within the kitchen office.
The mold growth was the result of condensation due to various factors such as;
- extreme summer weather (moist air),
- kitchen office is air conditioned,
- the surrounding kitchen air is not able to be conditioned during the summer,
- the kitchen office and walk-in freezer share a cement block wall,
- the freezer was operating at –30 degrees (10 degrees colder than the required range)
A board-approved restoration contractor cleaned/disinfected the impacted areas.
Food Services had the walk-in freezer serviced.