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Use Your Senses for Good IAQ
July 21, 2009 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
Sophisticated monitoring equipment can detect particle counts or vapor levels in air, but simply using the basic senses can help facility executives pinpoint sources of indoor air pollutants.
Sight can identify telltale wet spots and stains from mold, mildew or bird droppings. Stained ceiling panels can indicate roof leaks.
Smell can also detect mold, as well as many other irritants, including volatile organic compounds. During quiet times, dripping water, which can create chronic mold and mildew problems, can be heard.
The idea is to catch obvious problems before they become complicated, and costly, to remedy. On your next walk through your facility, keep your eyes, ears and nose on the lookout.