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Can mold develop due to a construction defect?

On Behalf of | Sep 15, 2023 | Construction Law, Personal Injury Law

Mold spores are invisible to the naked eye, but despite their size, they can significantly impact your health. Additionally, getting rid of mold is challenging. Even if homeowners take steps to prevent and remove mold, their efforts may be in vain if their home has a construction defect that promotes moisture and mold growth.

When building residential homes, contractors should take proactive measures to prevent moisture and mold growth. Unfortunately, negligent construction practices and poor workmanship can result in gaps and defects where water can enter your home and accumulate. With the right amount of water and temperature in these dark and poorly ventilated spaces, mold can grow.

Signs that mold is due to a construction defect

Sometimes, a water and bleach mixture is enough to remove surface mold on your walls, doors, cabinets or ceilings. However, without eliminating the underlying source of moisture, certain molds can keep coming back. Molds reappearing in the same areas could also indicate that your problem is much deeper than it appears.

Experiencing a lot of leaks and mold damage could signify a construction defect deep behind your walls. It would be best to call a professional for proper assessment. If mold damage exists in your home due to defective or improper construction, you may be able to pursue legal action against your contractor.

Moreover, mold exposure can lead to various health issues such as allergies, infections and long-term adverse effects. If you are experiencing severe health problems due to mold, you may also have a personal injury claim.

Discovering mold damage deep within your walls can be a dreadful experience. Before resorting to legal action, try reaching out to your contractor first. They may offer to address the primary source of the problem and eliminate the mold growth in your home. If they refuse to work with you, consider consulting a construction law attorney to understand your legal options.