Why San Francisco Housing Developers Should Test For Mold

You’re developing property in the Bay Area. You know that you need to do your due diligence. But how important is mold clearance and inspection in the development process? The answer is: very important.

First of all, during late fall and winter, the San Francisco Bay Area gets saturated with rain, and the warm, humid climate creates the perfect breeding ground not only for fog but also for mold and mildew.

Once a building becomes infested with mold, dynamic problems emerge. Mold can obviously make people sick. Once spores get into your ventilation system, they can spread and cause allergic reactions and lead to chronic as well as acute symptoms. If you own a building (or if you’re developing a building), and one of your occupants gets sick due to the mold, that’s not good. You (or your company) could be legally liable for mold testing, clearance, and repairs, as well as for healthcare costs and other damages.

Seasonal indoor mold tends to follow a pattern — the worst in the winter, when it’s wetter. But mold can strike any time, in any area. It can proliferate in walls, in insulation, near furnaces, in windows, under crawlspaces and beneath floors. Mold also may not announce itself clearly. In other words, you may not be able to immediately see or smell it, but it can still affect the occupants of a building and lead to illness, disrupted sleep, breathing problems, allergies, and so forth.

Talk To Essel’s Environmental Engineers

As a Bay Area property developer, you put a lot of time and thought into your business. You need to consider mold assessment and remediation as a crucial part of your due diligence. Fortunately, you don’t have to do this yourself. The team here at Essel Environmental Consulting can help you manage your mold testing in a professional, thorough way. Call us for a free estimate: 1-800-595-7616.