Home Construction Law Water Damage and Intrusion

Construction Defect Lawsuits

Property damage to a home or business can be absolutely devastating. No one should ever be uncomfortable or feel unsafe in their own home. Water damage from faulty construction is a nightmare no one wants to experience, whether new construction or a poorly performed renovation. Moisture problems can destroy a home’s value. Builders must comply with local building codes, follow installation instructions provided by the manufacturer of the materials used, and uphold the industry standards within construction trades. When a builder fails to comply with these expectations or their work falls short, they can be liable to the homeowner.

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Faulty Construction

When you have poured time, energy, and resources into a build only to have a contractor do more damage than good, it may be time to consider a property damage claim. If the damage to your home was caused by someone else’s negligence, a Charleston water damage attorney may be able to help. The negligent party could be the contractor, the architect or engineer, or any of the various sub-contractors who worked on your project. It is very difficult to navigate all the different insurers, policies, and adjusters. Not to mention, they all tend to point fingers at the other.

Types of Construction Defects and Water Damage

Several construction failures can lead to water damage to a home or other structure, including:

  • Leaking windows
  • Improper installation of exterior building materials
  • Home design deficiencies
  • Poor quality workmanship
  • Roof installation errors
  • Faulty ventilation (crawl spaces, attic)
  • Plumbing installation failures

Property Damage

Improperly installed roofing materials, siding, and windows are the triple threat of water intrusion. Once water breaches the exterior building envelope the trickle-down effect is very problematic. Shoddy workmanship can end up costing the victims large sums of money out of pocket to remediate problems like water-stained sheetrock, rotting wood framing and decay within the inner workings of the structure of their property. Water damage can also wreak havoc on the health of those living in the home. This damage happens slowly over time and can’t always be identified until it becomes a larger problem. Usually by that point the contractors are long gone, and a property owner is left with a hefty bill.

What Do I Do Now?

First, your problem areas will need to be thoroughly inspected by an expert to pinpoint where the deficient work caused damage. You do not want this inspection done by an engineer associated with the defective contractor in question. Next, you will need a skilled water damage attorney who has experience in construction defect claims and is also adept in working out insurance coverage issues. South Carolina laws limit when property owners can file a claim for construction defects.

Construction litigation is complex, and many of the laws favor contractors. Don’t allow defective construction to harm your property or your loved ones. Contractors, subcontractors and manufacturers will try to refuse responsibility for the damage done. Contact Allen Law so that we can assess your claim and guide you through the next steps in holding those responsible for damaging your property accountable. We will negotiate with adjusters on your behalf to recover compensation and set things straight. Give our knowledgeable Charleston construction defect attorney a call to discuss your case at (843) 882-5005.