I coach girl’s basketball at a local high school in a dense, rural, and swampy climate, which means that a lot of things end up with mold pretty often.
One of those things that ended up with mold, was MY locker room.
I was furious when I found out, and chalked it up to teenage girls being teenage girls and not looking after the place, which infuriated me. I created a punishment practice and put them through their paces for an hour and a half of conditioning. I felt slightly guilty when the janitor and an HVAC technician approved me saying that the locker room’s air circulation was off due to old air ducts, and it was preventing the humidity from escaping. The HVAC technician explained that he will need to replace all of the ducts in the building to ensure it would begin circulation properly. He also said he needed to service the furnace in the basement while he was here. He found the mold in the carpet, and showed us how he had installed HVAC specific ventilation at floor level to ensure that something like this would never happen again. He even showed the girls how he installed thermostats in not only that room, but also the gym, and my office, which I was thrilled about. I waited until later that day to test out the air conditioning in my office, it was amazing. I am so grateful that we were able to get these different things fixed, as the mold was also creating a terrible smell that seemed to linger around the ild HVAC ducts and vents.