Protecting against mold often starts with the building of a structure, whether here in New Orleans or elsewhere. Preventing leaks in walls, roofs and other parts of the building are often seen as the first line of defense when it comes to the intrusion of a potentially toxic substance such as mold. For this reason, finding mold could indicate construction defects.
Molds can release toxins or volatile organic compounds as they metabolize. Some people may have sensitivities to VOCs, but they are often not considered dangerous. However, the toxins released into the environment do not easily evaporate and can cause significant harm to humans.
Molds need the right temperature range, moisture and a food source to thrive. Water has to enter the structure somehow to facilitate the breeding of mold. For this reason, many New Orleans residents may assume it results from some sort of construction defect. That may be the case, but it could also result from other issues.
When the owner of a structure finds mold, it needs addressing right away, even if it does not seem like a health hazard at the time. It will continue to thrive if left to its own devices. Repairs can be costly, so a property owner may search for an avenue of restitution for the harm and/or repairs required in order to fix the problem, if it can be fixed.
Determining who could prove legally liable for any damages incurred may not be quite as easy as it may sound. In addition to general contractors, there are subcontractors, architects, material suppliers and others who take part in the construction of a building. Before identifying the correct parties, the cause of the mold will need to be ascertained as well. Whether it is the property owner or a party involved in the construction, determining whether construction defects or other factors led to the mold is a vital part of the process.