Approximately 500 students and faculty waited outside as some building occupants complained of coughing and other reactions to the strong sulfur-like odor. Eventually everyone was moved to another school a few blocks away before being sent home. The emergency response crews were unable to locate the source, but air testing showed no flammable or noxious elements in the air.
Situations like these occur on a regular basis in people’s homes, offices and schools. Mystery odors in indoor environments can result in everything from a nuisance to health concerns for building occupants. These same odors can lower property values and in commercial and institutional settings may even result in lower productivity, increased absenteeism and higher turnover rates.
Fortunately there are indoor air quality (IAQ) and building science experts who specialize in mystery odor investigations. Many of these professionals turn to Legends Environmental Insurance Services for their insurance coverage to be able to offer this vital service.
“Mystery odors may be a sign of potential short or long term health concerns for building occupants,” reported Brian Mcfarland, Vice President from Legends Environmental Insurance. “Mystery odors can result from within a building or could be infiltrating a structure from an outside source. It can be a true mystery as there can be literally hundreds of possible sources of odors in a typical building and until the problem is resolved people may have health concerns and cannot go about their daily business as usual,” he continued.
Legends recently sponsored an educational video about mystery and nuisance odors to help educate the public about this problem. It can be seen at:
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