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ES+H Multifamily Building Upgrades_508c_02 09 2016

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Energy Savings Plus Health | INDOOR AIR QUALITY GUIDELINES FOR MULTIFAMILY BUILDING UPGRADES 69 MOISTURE CONTROL Goal Incorporate regular checks for moisture problems into ongoing property inspections, work order responses and at unit turnover to minimize moisture and mold problems. Moisture and mold have been associated with asthma and other respiratory problems. Excessive moisture also can contribute to pest problems and deteriorated lead-based paint. Actions 1. Perform the following during annual inspections, at unit turnover (as appropriate) and during work order responses: • Plumbing ➾ Inspect under sinks for leaks. ➾ Check toilets for leaks with dye test and replace flapper as needed. ➾ Inspect shower stall, shower faucets and shower diverter valve for leaks. Recommended installation of showerheads with WaterSense label, rated for less than 2 gallons per minute (gpm). ➾ Inspect faucets and aerators for leaks. Install new faucets as needed, with WaterSense label; kitchen faucets rated for less than 1.5 gpm, bath faucets rated for less than 0.5 gpm. ➾ Inspect under dishwashers and washing machines for leaks. ➾ Repair all leaks identified. • Exhaust Ventilation ➾ Check for proper operation of kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans, and confirm exterior venting and fan flows. ➾ Verify clothes dryer exhaust vent is intact and vented to the outdoors. • Exterior Moisture ➾ Inspect outside gutters and downspouts to be sure water is moved away from the building and property. ➾ Check for standing water near the building, and correct grade and drainage as needed. • Interior Moisture ➾ Inspect for moisture stains, mold or musty odor. ➾ Inspect for standing water. ➾ Inspect for signs of mold or moisture damage. • Occupant Education ➾ Advise occupants to report immediately any plumbing leaks; window, wall or roof leaks; standing water; or condensation problems. ➾ Advise occupants about the need to use exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms during activities that generate pollutants and moisture (e.g., cooking and showering). ➾ Refer occupants to EPA's A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home. Resources for Moisture Control: CDC-NIOSH: Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool EPA: A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home NCHH: Healthy Homes Maintenance Checklist LEAD Goal Ensure lead-based paint does not pose a hazard in building operations and maintenance activities. Actions 1. If maintenance staff will be disturbing lead paint, they shall be trained and certified under EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program for lead-safe work practices. • Occupant Education: Ensure building occupants are provided with information on lead and renovations as required under EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program. Resources for Lead: EPA: Lead EPA: The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right EPA: Renovation, Repair and Painting Program

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