Building Air Quality January 2019

COMMON CAUSES OF ODORS IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

A Dry Trap The most common cause of a sewer or “rotten egg” smell in commercial buildings is a dry sink or floor drain trap. A trap is a U-shaped pipe that connects the drain to the sewer line. A small amount of waste water prevents sewer gases from coming up through the drain, so when the trap is dry, foul odors can be released into your building. Many times, running the water through the drain for a few minutes will solve the problem. However, a clog or leak may be causing the trap to lose water, so you might want to have a plumber come check the problem to be certain. Mold in the HVAC When mold is able to grow in an HVAC system, it can create problems throughout the whole building. Not only do mold spores spread around when the air turns on, they can also carry a bad smell through your building. It can be difficult to identify the source of the odor when the smell seems to be coming from all around you. Mold in the HVAC is a common problem, and building owners can save a lot of time if they check the HVAC first after getting odor

Why Your Business Goals Don’t Work At the end of the year, entrepreneurs sit down to develop their goals for the new year. They craft specific objectives based on best practices they learned from other leaders, implementing S.M.A.R.T. goals or strategic plans to give their company a clear path to success. But every year, perfectly crafted benchmarks fall by the wayside and join weight loss on the scrap heap of New Year’s resolutions. Owners scratch their heads wondering why they didn’t reach their target, not understanding the root cause of their failure. You can have the most carefully planned-out goals, but if you haven’t built a foundation on these three concepts, you’ll never achieve them. Organization Nothing derails a goal faster than ineffective systems and processes. Procedures aren’t dynamic, so as your business changes, an audit of processes isn’t just useful; it’s necessary. But as your business must continue to improve its organization in order to adapt to change, so do your team members. At the root of every system is an employee, so without teaching basic principles of time management and prioritization, those systems are limited in their capacity and effectiveness. Communication Negative external and internal relations are surefire goal-killers. Internally, the success of your company is dependent on the dynamics between team members, management, and leaders. Complacency and gossip tend to spread like wildfire and can cause a dip in productivity. External communication between partners and potential clients is very similar. Without clear expectations and mutual respect in relationships, your business will cease to scale. Customer Service Clients need to feel valued to have a future with your business, and that’s rooted in every interaction. Customer service is a broad term that is often miscategorized. In truth, every role is based on customer service, but many people go about it wrong by taking on the attitude of “It’s not my job.” Lack of ownership and willingness to serve customers in every capacity will undermine any long-term objectives your company may have. The good news is that with proper execution of these three concepts, you can focus on attaining your goals, and in the process, achieve levels of success you previously thought impossible. Don’t let your objectives for the new year fall by the wayside. Achieve those goals by rooting your business in organization, communication, and customer service.

SUDOKU Odors are some of the hardest problems to deal with when it comes to indoor air quality. The scents can be sporadic, making it difficult to identity the cause of certain odors. Hopefully, this guide can help you locate and address unpleasant odors in your building as soon as possible. reports. If the HVAC itself is mold-free, be sure to check the building’s insulated air conditioning vents as well. Mold can grow there too and cause odors throughout the building whenever the air kicks on.

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