Mold in construction is problematic for builders. They are required by law to verify that the home will be mold-free for the first ten years following construction. People who have mold issues arising from builder missteps stand to gain thousands in damages if there is litigation. Here are some steps every builder should take to ensure that mold doesn’t become a problem when building a new commercial or residential property.
How Mold Becomes a Threat to the Property
New construction projects in the beginning stages face low risks of mold. When the site is comprised of primarily metal and concrete, mold doesn’t colonize due to the lack of a food source. Once the framing and subflooring is laid, then there is a potential mold problem developing. The problem arises when these wooden surfaces are left exposed for a lengthy period of time. Building materials used in new construction for commercial and residential structures are vulnerable to mold within 48 and 72 hours of being exposed to high levels of moistures.
Tips on Prevention
- Damp Proofing
Damp proofing is a precautionary measure a builder can take. The builder can use waterproofing material during construction. A high performing, quality subflooring material shields the surfaces from moisture. Moisture is prevented from seeping into the interior areas, which creates damp conditions for the property. Both the walls and the floors must be damp proofed for maximum performance.
- Mold Resistant Finishing Products
Mold resistant finishing products used in new construction projects minimize chances of mold growth. Mold resistant stucco, caulk and paint products are the primary defense tool that could protect against mold on the exterior portion of the structure. Materials like these provide an environment highly resistant to mold growth.
- Air Sealing
Air sealing is another preventive measure that can be taken to protect the home. The wall joints and penetrations are sealed to prevent air and moisture from entering the home. This is especially important in different areas of the home like the basement and attic. Air sealing will not only prevent moisture conditions from developing, but it also contributes to improved energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
- Inspect Lumber Right Away
Inspecting lumber upon delivery is another step that builders can take in their new construction projects. Defective materials should be logged and returned immediately to suppliers. Builders have the choice of wrapping their materials in vapor permeable packaging during transit to prevent exposure to moisture. Manufacturers of wood and drywall usually offer this packaging option to builders. All shipments should be carefully inspected upon delivery. This is especially important for framing.
Dehumidification is another action builders can take to prevent property damage. This type of equipment should be put to use whenever wet weather is anticipated. This may also be useful in scenario when builders are working with tight schedules. The process of controlling moisture accumulation following rainy weather is important for builders.
Never Put Off Tomorrow What You Can do Today
Mold prevention lawsuits are common among builders. Breach of warranty actions leveled against builders are mostly attributed to failure to inspect materials upon arrival, managing moisture levels in the home, and lack of moisture prevention steps taken during building process. Claims like these can be particularly damaging to a builder’s reputation. When it comes to mold, being proactive will always save builders money.