Concern: Worthington Elementary School: September 4th, 2018 (CXXWES2018000028)

Room 142
Date of IEQ Report Form
Date of Report
A musty odor is observed in the room, especially on humid days.

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 4, 2018. The concern should be dated May 21, 2018.
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)

The carpet was probed with a moisture meter, no elevated moisture was detected.

Select cove base was removed and inspected for mold growth. No mold growth was observed.

No thermal anomalies indicative of moisture intrusion were detected. 

Under work order #72351, the HVAC unit that services the room was assessed by Building Services (HVAC). No concerns were identified.

The carpet was removed in one corner of the room. Under the carpet was another layer of fibrous material (likely the base of the carpet which had become delaminated from the top layer of carpet). This material had an evident musty odor.

Corrective Actions
July 31st, 2018

The carpet and delaminated fibrous material were removed and replaced with vinyl floor tile on July 31-August 2, 2018.

Date Closed
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