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Responsible Ways to Deal with the Dreaded Sick Building Syndrome

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If you haven’t heard the term “sick building syndrome” before, then you’ll probably be confused by what it means.

If you haven’t heard the term “sick building syndrome” before, then you’ll probably be confused by what it means. “How can buildings get sick? They’re not living things!” Well, that is true, but every building is intended to create a healthy environment for the people, plants, and animals who reside within them. Luckily, some well-timed air conditioner maintenance can make an astounding difference

Common Symptoms 

Let’s begin by examining some common symptoms of the so-called sick building syndrome. Human health symptoms are easier to detect and address. They are, among others: 

  • Headaches;
  • Eye, nose, and throat irritation;
  • Coughing;
  • Dry and itchy skin;
  • Dizziness and nausea;
  • Difficulty concentrating 

Meanwhile, you might be wondering what the hallmarks of building sickness look like: 

  • Musty odors;
  • The lingering smell of chemicals and exhaust fumes;
  • Moisture issues;
  • Stuffy air and excessive humidity 

Dealing with Excessive Humidity  

Dealing with excessive humidity is easy enough. Although some humidity is important, too much of it will only hamper everyone’s workflow. Since this is the case, you will want to invest in preventative maintenance for your building’s HVAC. If you are currently out-of-contract and looking for a new service partner to work with, might we suggest that you give us a call? 

Dealing with Bacteria and Mold 

At first glance, it’s easy to assume that bacteria and mold are simply disgusting nuisances. However, once they grow out of control, they become serious health hazards. Inspections are a crucial first step in uncovering whether or not these pests are the cause of your workplace woes. Cleaning, tuneups, and airflow improvements fall under the umbrella of the maintenance services you can expect. One more thing – a prolonged buildup of mold and dust will call for duct cleaning services to resolve. 

Dealing with Chemicals and VOCs 

Chemicals and VOCs can come from many different and unexpected sources. Cleaning products often contain harmful chemicals, which is why proper ventilation matters so much (so open your windows!) Believe it or not, copiers emit ozone, and indoor building materials give off formaldehyde. Humidity exacerbates the presence of these unwanted substances, but improved ventilation pushes them away.

Dealing with Outside Pollution

Depending on the location of your building, you might also face plenty of pollution. Noise pollution is annoying, but air pollution is even worse. Air intakes need to be placed far away from industrial exhaust vents or busy roads packed with cars and other vehicles.

Dealing with Ventilation Problems

As we’ve mentioned throughout this article, ventilation problems contribute to sick building syndrome. Clogged ducts, filthy filters, and postponed repairs can take more of a toll than you think. Don’t let that happen.

Crockett Facilities Can Help!

Crockett Facilities Services, Inc. (CFSI) is committed to helping building owners, property managers, engineers, and facility professionals navigate the post-COVID-19 environment. We can develop a cost-effective, customized program for your building that will mitigate the potential health risks of COVID-19.  Click Here to Request a Quote

To learn more about the importance of reopening your building safely, please contact us at 202.600.2787 or Our PM contract customers receive priority treatment with 24/7 emergency service in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest!

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