The foundation of a home supports the entire structure so it is incredibly important that it be free from construction defects. Foundation defects can manifest as floor cracking, stucco cracks, drywall cracks, moisture wicking up through the floor, and building sag or collapse. If you notice any of these signs of foundation defects, you should immediately get a proper investigation by a knowledgeable professional who will determine the nature and extent of your foundation defects and damage and their cause.
Common Foundation Defects
The following are some of the most common construction defects with respect to the foundation:
- Building code violations. Building codes require that foundations be designed and built to certain minimum standards in order to properly and safely bear the weight of your home’s structure, anchor it to the ground, and keep it dry from ground moisture. For instance, building codes address the thickness and depth of the foundation, the components of the foundation, and ground preparation for the construction of the foundation. The failure of the builder to comply with building code requirements will result in a foundation that is unable to properly support the home.
- Improperly designed foundation. Your home is built on a concrete foundation which holds your home up and together. An improperly designed and constructed foundation may not be able to keep your home stable, safe, dry, and secure.
- Lack of weep screed. Weep screed is a type of building material used along the base of an exterior stucco wall. Because stucco is a naturally porous material, weep screed serves as a popular finish option for many homes and commercial buildings. If a builder fails to install weep screed, water is absorbed through a stucco wall and can become trapped within the building, which can lead to mold and other water damage problems. For instance, in 2005, more than 1,500 homes were added to a construction defect lawsuit against Del Webb – the builder of a large master-planned community in Sun City Summerlin. The lawsuit alleged that Del Webb had failed to install weep screed, or metal strips, to protect the homes against water damage. Because the homes lacked weep screed, homeowners alleged that the stucco soaked up water and allowed mold to grow into the wall – a problem that could have been particularly detrimental to the elderly community that lived in the homes.
What to Do If You Have Foundation Defect
If your home has a foundation defect, you should promptly contact an inspector to determine the full extent of the problem. You should also contact a construction defect lawyer in order to determine your rights and remedies, and begin the process of obtaining financial recovery. The construction defect lawyers at Van and Associates focus on helping homeowners obtain full and fair financial recovery for a variety of construction defects, including foundation defects, plumbing defects, and roofing defects. We often represent our clients on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t pay unless we obtain financial recovery for you.
Contact the Las Vegas construction defect lawyers at Van and Associates at (702) 529-1011 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about recovering for your foundation defects.