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    My aquatic center is closing for 2 weeks, starting next week. While swimming there yesterday, I noticed a man on a scaffold painting. He's there again today. The air conditioning has been in the works of being replaced for several months now. They have several fans in the room, but it is extremely humid. Our summer has been mostly days of sun, heat and humidity. Painting should be done with the closing of the pool for 2 weeks under the guise of "maintenance." I don't want to swim indoors without proper ventilation (no air conditioning). Would you complain?

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    Yes, this seems like an air quality health hazard.
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    Assuming it is water based latex interior paint, it wouldn't bother me on the least. It dries as water evaporates from it. I would imagine the air from the chlorine would be a lot more troublesome thN the paint. I dont think twice about it when we paint in our house.

    Now, oil based or a catalyzed paint would be a totally different story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 67King View Post
    Assuming it is water based latex interior paint, it wouldn't bother me on the least. It dries as water evaporates from it. I would imagine the air from the chlorine would be a lot more troublesome thN the paint. I dont think twice about it when we paint in our house.

    Now, oil based or a catalyzed paint would be a totally different story.
    It looks glossy, so I'm not sure what type of paint it is. I understand that people paint inside their homes, but they aren't exercising while they are painting. And don't forget, there is extremely poor ventilation in the center, as they are replacing the air conditioning - a job that is taking months to complete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renie View Post
    It looks glossy, so I'm not sure what type of paint it is. I understand that people paint inside their homes, but they aren't exercising while they are painting. And don't forget, there is extremely poor ventilation in the center, as they are replacing the air conditioning - a job that is taking months to complete.
    Your nose should tell you whether water vapor and fumes are descending to the water surface where you are breathing and the fumes are likely to follow the air flow in the building even if it is slow. Unless you are hyper sensitive to latex paint fumes, the amount of exposure is likely very small and the length of time you are exposed is small too. You should be able to make a judgment. Yah NJ has been crazy humid over the last weeks - it might take a month for the paint to dry

    I agree that the chlorine in a poorly ventilated pool area may be a bigger concern, so hopefully they fix the ventilation system.
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    So, from what small amount I know about pool HVAC (and assuming your system is designed properly) there should be two return air streams - one up high for general return air, one down lower for chlorine byproduct air that hovers above the water.

    If the whole HVAC system is broken/off, including coils, supply and exhaust fans, you have a big issue. Temporary fans aren't going to move the amount of air needed to clear out the chlorine byproduct - and odds are if they're there, they've been placed the wrong way blowing air into the room instead of out of the room anyway, which defeats the purpose.

    If, on the other hand, the only thing that is broken is the cooling part of the HVAC, and the supply and exhaust fans are still circulating, you should be safe, if a little uncomfortable - especially considering the painting is up high (or at least that's what I'm assuming with the scaffolding). You're still getting outside air into the space, albeit unconditioned, and stale air is still being vented out of the space. The only place I am a little fuzzy is how the air mixing would be affected by getting warm, humid supply air instead of cool, dry supply air. Probably makes the exhaust a little less effective because your hot-air-rises, cold-air-sinks natural drafts are not as designed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz View Post
    Your nose should tell you whether water vapor and fumes are descending to the water surface where you are breathing and the fumes are likely to follow the air flow in the building even if it is slow. Unless you are hyper sensitive to latex paint fumes, the amount of exposure is likely very small and the length of time you are exposed is small too. You should be able to make a judgment. Yah NJ has been crazy humid over the last weeks - it might take a month for the paint to dry

    I agree that the chlorine in a poorly ventilated pool area may be a bigger concern, so hopefully they fix the ventilation system.
    It's a saltwater pool. but poor ventilation that they promise will improve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge View Post
    So, from what small amount I know about pool HVAC (and assuming your system is designed properly) there should be two return air streams - one up high for general return air, one down lower for chlorine byproduct air that hovers above the water.

    If the whole HVAC system is broken/off, including coils, supply and exhaust fans, you have a big issue. Temporary fans aren't going to move the amount of air needed to clear out the chlorine byproduct - and odds are if they're there, they've been placed the wrong way blowing air into the room instead of out of the room anyway, which defeats the purpose.

    If, on the other hand, the only thing that is broken is the cooling part of the HVAC, and the supply and exhaust fans are still circulating, you should be safe, if a little uncomfortable - especially considering the painting is up high (or at least that's what I'm assuming with the scaffolding). You're still getting outside air into the space, albeit unconditioned, and stale air is still being vented out of the space. The only place I am a little fuzzy is how the air mixing would be affected by getting warm, humid supply air instead of cool, dry supply air. Probably makes the exhaust a little less effective because your hot-air-rises, cold-air-sinks natural drafts are not as designed.
    I don't know what part of the HVAC is being replaced. I know that whenever there are issues regarding the air (too hot, too cold), the water (cloudy, too cold, too hot) they say it's the HVAC being worked on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renie View Post
    I don't know what part of the HVAC is being replaced. I know that whenever there are issues regarding the air (too hot, too cold), the water (cloudy, too cold, too hot) they say it's the HVAC being worked on.
    Lol... the ol' maintenance black box. I know how that goes.
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    Poor timing -- yes.
    Health hazard - not so much.

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    Re: Painting while swimming - would you mind?

    Well, complain away... then they will close the pool earlier and for longer!


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    Re: Painting while swimming - would you mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by renie View Post
    I don't know what part of the HVAC is being replaced. I know that whenever there are issues regarding the air (too hot, too cold), the water (cloudy, too cold, too hot) they say it's the HVAC being worked on.
    ...and people believe/accept that maintenance on the HVAC causes the pool water to be cloudy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForceDJ View Post
    ...and people believe/accept that maintenance on the HVAC causes the pool water to be cloudy?

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    They obviously do, since it is a chronic issue.

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    I didn't think indoor paints were that toxic? In a big area it shouldn't really matter all that much.

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