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Preventing Sick Building Syndrome

Toronto Condo News
Publication date:
May 23, 2022
Article Summary: 

High-rise buildings often have a trash chute on each floor with a dumpster or receptacle for catching waste. Proper maintenance and use of this system can prevent many building problems. Unbagged and oversize items can cause a chute blockage leading to a backup of waste in the chute. Proper ventilation can rid the building of contaminants such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, humidity, microbial growth, and undesirable odours, and reduce the likelihood of mould growth and water infiltration. Postwar buildings are more airtight, so HVAC systems are necessary to exhaust stale air and provide fresh air.

Failure to exhaust stale air can lead to health problems. Professionals can measure the strength of odours to determine if a smell is a nuisance or health hazard. An indoor air quality assessment can determine the quality of the air. Fans and related equipment should be checked to ensure they are clean and operating. Regular cleaning of ductwork is the best way to ensure undesirable smells and contaminants don't enter the home.


waste management, trash chute, cleaning carrion, rubbish chute, rubbish chutes, waste disposal systems, trash collection systems, air quality assessment

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Toronto Condo News
Preventing Sick Building Syndrome
May 23, 2022
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