Buying a home in California is exciting, and you have a place you and your family can make your own. However, if you discover a defect after you move in this can ruin the enjoyment. Construction defects come in all forms, and it is important to take action as soon as you discover a problem.
According to FindLaw, defects in construction fall into four main categories:
- Construction deficiencies
In terms of subsurface deficiencies, the foundation of a building must be stable, and if the builders do not compact the soil or plan for adequate drainage, the foundation can shift. This leads to cracks in the floor, flooding and moving structures.
Inferior-quality materials can lead to issues over the long term. Some common materials involved with deficiencies include windows, roofing shingles, drywall, particle board and waterproofing membranes.
Issues related to design generally occur when work is not done up to code. Poorly-designed roofs are common, and problems include poor drainage, lack of structural support and water leakage.
Better Homes and Gardens discusses a number of issues that result from construction deficiencies, and these problems stem from poor workmanship. Water intrusion is common when gutters and downspouts are not installed properly or well-maintained. Overtime this also leads to mold issues.
Electrical and plumbing issues can crop up from low-quality work. Beware of aluminum wiring, ungrounded outlets, faulty wiring, slow drains and leaky faucets. There should also be proper ventilation, especially in places such as the attic. When heat and moisture are unable to escape, the moisture can ruin interior walls overtime and also cause wood to rot.