Unusual Odors in a Commercial Facility: Investigating Potential Air Quality Issues

There are a handful of explanations as to why a musty odor is present in buildings—poor upkeep of heating and air conditioning systems, lack of fresh outdoor air, dampness, and moisture due to leaks, to name a few. The unpleasant smell, for some, can even trigger health-related symptoms like headaches, fatigue, or shortness of breath. Regardless, a musty odor is not something to ignore and leave lingering in an indoor environment.  

When a consistent musty odor was in the building of a retail location in Deptford, New Jersey, occupants brought it to the attention of their general manager. The general manager then requested G2’s visual inspection and microbial air sampling services to identify the root cause.

To form a solution tailored to the client, this service requires an on-site visit from a G2 certified industrial hygienist who can anticipate, recognize, and evaluate controls for occupational health hazards and indoor environmental issues. 

At the retail location, our industrial hygienist provided information to the client about what kind of toxic substances an air sample can (and cannot) detect and how to best support the health and safety of the building and its occupants. 

Having a G2 professional visit your site—whether it’s evaluating a strong, lingering odor or performing a routine check-up—can provide a host of health, safety, and financial benefits. G2’s certified experts work side-by-side with clients every step of the way, offering innovative solutions and an actionable plan to resolve any problems. 

Learn more about the strategic recommendations G2 offered to protect the health of the building occupants at a retail location in Deptford, New Jersey in this case study.