Mold and construction defects and damages

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2023 | Construction Law |

Helping a client build their dream home is a rewarding experience being a general contractor. However, many issues and mishaps could interfere with the timeline or even the completion of their home.

When construction defects are apparent, it might be necessary to take legal action to correct this. This is especially true when mold is spotted. Depending on the situation, this could be a costly setback.

The causes of mold at construction sites

As many know, mold can occur all over the place for a variety of reasons. Mold spores are everywhere in nature, so they can enter a home while it is being constructed because it is open to the environment.

But a mold spore entering a home does not equal a toxic mold buildup. The conditions must be right for the mold to grow. Mold needs moisture, a food source and a specific range of temperature in order to flourish.

This is often why homes are constructed airtight with proper ventilation and humidity control. But, while under construction, a home is not airtight, making it prone to ideal conditions for mold to grow.

Warning signs of mold

Mold cannot be harmful to a constructed home or the people living in it if it is detected and addressed right away.

If there are warning signs of mold and proper actions are not taken, this could result in both property damage and personal injury. In these cases, filing a suit might be necessary for both the homeowners and the builder. A subcontractor may be at fault for this defect, giving cause for the constructor to file a construction law action for damages suffered.