Concern: Swansfield Elementary School: September 18th, 2018 (CXXSES2018000049)

Portable 180
Date of IEQ Report Form
Date of Report
November 19th, 2018
Portable has mold in hallway and in boys bathroom and maybe around vents in girls bathroom.
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: September 21, October 10 and 12, 2018

Mold was observed in several locations, including the hallway ceiling, boys and girls bathroom, network closet, and several classrooms.

The mold growth observed appeared to be isolated "patches" with no apparent pattern.

Several moisture readings were collected from the drywall in the portable. Numerous elevated moisture readings were detected with no apparent pattern.

Several access holes were cut into the portable to assess the backside of the drywall. Mold growth was observed on the backside of the drywall on one of the cuts.

Additional moisture readings coupled with the observations associated with the access holes indicated the areas where the sections of the portable were "joined" appeared to have elevated moisture readings in the drywall.

The portable is currently unoccupied. 

The Office of the Environment understands the portable will be demolished when funding becomes available.

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