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Ways the climate can negatively affect construction projects

On Behalf of | May 12, 2022 | Civil Litigation

Many want homes with specific designs in particular locations. Finding a house that matches exacting desires can be nearly impossible. The solution is often hiring a contractor to start building from scratch.

Regretfully, not every crew is responsible. Ignoring factors, such as the weather, can hurt the final product. Not protecting against the elements often produces substandard work. As one might expect, fixes can be costly.

Exposure to extreme temperatures

Both the cold and the heat have the potential to complicate construction projects. Heatwaves make it increasingly difficult for workers to concentrate. Forepersons should provide fans and cool water to reduce dehydration leading to mistakes.

Materials are in trouble, too. For example, concrete dries faster in the heat, which causes thermal cracking. Cold leads to certain substances being brittle. Ice particles make paint and glue contract. Wrinkling then happens when heat triggers expansion.

Exposure to wind

Winds have the potential to knock around wooden planks and equipment. Without everything being secure before high winds hit, much can become ruined. This situation remains particularly dangerous when there are loose electrical wires.

Exposure to precipitation

Heavy rains turn ground into mud, thus destabilizing soil. Foundations should never happen under such conditions. Those completed during rainfall have vulnerabilities that may end in collapse.

Flooding can ruin everything. Moisture triggers impossible-to-repair warping. Sandbags or self-inflating flood barriers must be in place to avoid such a calamity.

Protecting against extreme weather is the responsibility of every construction crew. When this fails to happen, the results are usually unsatisfactory and warrant compensation.

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