Bad Indoor Air Quality Sickens Employees
Friday, October 14th, 2016 | Categories: Assisted Living Facilities, Black Mold, Commercial Building Inspections, Commercial Inspections, Humidity, Mold Solutions, Sick Building | No Comments
Research findings are clear. Indoor air quality is a huge factor in the health and well being of building occupants.
The average American spends 60% to 90% of his or her time indoors and while a lot of attention has been given to the effects of outside pollution, the EPA estimates that indoor air contaminants be as much as 50 times worse.
A main contributor to poor indoor air quality is leaky ductwork.
Leaky Ducts and Indoor Air Quality?
There are three main ways that leaky ductwork plays a major role in creating poor indoor air quality: First, leaks in the return duct allow contaminants from one part of the building to be sucked into the duct system and then spread throughout the rest of the facility.
Secondly, Leaks in the ventilation shafts, supply and return ducts reduce the effectiveness of the exhaust fans used to suck dirty and stale air out of the building. This can cause MOLD and MILDEW issues which leads to further IAQ deterioration.
Thirdly, leaks in ducts create condensation within the system providing a breeding ground for microbial and bacteriological growths.
Volunteer Inspections of Knoxville uses state of the art fiber optic scopes to inspect duct runs and capture still and video images of the interior areas of difficult or otherwise impossible to reach areas.