My Office Is Killing Me!: The Sick Building Survival Guide by Jeffrey C. May

By Jeffrey C. May

Micro organism and mildew may well lurk undetected in carpets or within the heating or cooling method of your place of work or college. while inhaled, the by-products of those organisms could cause hypersensitivity and bronchial asthma indicators. Chemical vapors emitted by way of place of work furnishings and kit can also foul the air we breathe interior, inflicting complications, eye inflammation, or different signs. the following the writer of the best-selling My home is Killing Me! and co-author of the mildew Survival consultant turns his cognizance to indoor air caliber in public structures. mixing his large expert adventure with medical motives, may perhaps is helping us see those structures throughout the eyes of a development scientist, microscopist, and natural chemist. He deals a step by step method of determining, controlling, and sometimes doing away with the resources of indoor air toxins and allergens. no matter if it is a case of mildew in an easy college or insufficient air flow in a high-rise workplace construction, this helpful advisor may help humans cope while the air they breathe interior is making them in poor health. (1/04/2006)

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I was asked to find out how and why the rain had entered the building. On a sunny day, I placed my ladder against the exterior brick above a window, and as students and faculty passing by looked on curiously, I squirted water from a small plastic bottle onto a vertical mortar joint several courses of brick above the suspect window. The water soaked into the mortar and moved by capillary action (a physical force that draws water into small gaps between fine solids, such as fibers and crystals) along the surface of the mortar until it came to the horizontal mortar joint, at which point it followed the mortar to the right and left.

Below about 70°F and 50 percent relative humidity, emissions are low, even from problem materials (see chapter 4). 44 THE BASICS to smell. 1-octanol has a chemical odor, and 2-octanol has an unpleasant, mushroomy odor, which may lead some people to believe that mold growth is present. This moldy odor may become a problem with some computers that contain DEHP plasticizer in vinyl parts. Dioctyl phthalate has been found in blood that has been stored in vinyl bags as well as in foods that have come into contact with vinyl packaging.

If the water in the trap dries out, sewer gas is no longer “trapped” and can enter the room. If the bathroom exhaust is on, it will draw gas from the drain pipes that much faster. Then the bathroom can smell strongly of sewer gas, and airflows can carry that odor into adjacent rooms. People may experience nausea or headaches from exposure to even low concentrations of sewer gas. In 2003 the virus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) raged among the residents of a high-rise apartment building in Hong Kong.

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