What workers can’t see could lead to defect claims later

On Behalf of | Dec 5, 2023 | Construction Law

Operating a Florida construction company often means a lot of planning and managing many different projects simultaneously. It can be very easy to overlook small details, especially details too small for the human eye to see.

Unfortunately, it could very well be what workers at a construction site do not see that causes a defect claim against a construction firm later. Client complaints after the completion of a project can lead to a court order to redo certain work or financially compensate the client. What workers easily overlook that could cost a construction company actually may not actually be visible to the naked eye. At least, not at first.

Mold thrives in construction environments

Mold can grow anywhere and on all kinds of materials. In general, however, it likes dark, warm and damp environments. It doesn’t take much imagination to understand why home mold development is a constant concern for construction firms operating in Florida.

Mold starts out minuscule as spores begin growing on building materials after exposure to moisture. If water gets into building materials within a construction site, mold may begin to develop weeks or months later. Other times, small failures in waterproofing can lead to low levels of water incursion in the home that facilitate mold growth. By the time mold becomes visible, the clients may have already taken possession of the property.

It can cost tens of thousands of dollars to remediate severe mold issues. If property develops black mold and someone gets sick, businesses could face even larger claims than in standard mold defect cases. Construction companies can reduce their risk of mold-related lawsuits by carefully training workers and securing materials when working on projects.