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Lumberyard Mold in New Construction and its Complexities 

Lumberyard mold, the dark, fluffy, patches on new lumber, has become an issue in new construction. When the presence of lumberyard mold is discovered, indoor air quality professionals (IAQ) are frequently called upon during the construction process to assess, assist and answer mold-related questions.
Various stakeholders such as the developers, risk managers, banking representatives, contractors, and other persons with an interest in the project may raise questions regarding the presence of fungal growth on the lumber used during the construction process and its subsequent liabilities.
Design and construction firms are frequently faced with construction defect claims that involve mold related problems. Construction defect claims can commonly be accompanied by other claims for property damage, delays, profit losses, interruption of business, breach of contract, or payment disputes.
Sometimes mold-related claims can also be accompanied by or evolve into class action lawsuits, where personal injury is declared due to mold exposure and mold related problems.
Each year millions of dollars are spent in the United States on mold related problems.
All of the parties involved in a new construction project, such as designers, suppliers, architects, engineers, owners, contractors, developers, etc, are subject to the possibility of facing mold related claims.
Risk management tools and steps can prevent or reduce the likelihood of mold related claims and/or problems in the future.

Lumberyard Mold in New Construction and its Complexities

What is the degree of fungal growth on the stored lumber (to be installed)? What are the MC readings in the stored lumber?
Is the lumber stored in a manner to prevent further amplification?

Is the current structure dried in (roof and rain water intrusion prevention)? What is the degree of fungal growth on the installed lumber?
What are the MC readings in the installed lumber?
What type of mold growth is present on the lumber?

What is the developers/investors general mold policy?
What is the likelihood that liabilities may arise? (100 renters vs. one homeowner) What is the legal climate in your local/state?

How could it be removed or remediated? What would the remediation cost?
Could further growth be prevented? 

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