Thanks to its ecosystems and weather patterns, Florida is an incredibly wet state. Much of the land that builders and developers currently work on was once wetland or at least soil with improper drainage. Engineers and architects have found many ways to work around naturally wet soils, allowing for the construction of buildings in places that would once have been uninhabitable.
Even areas that are naturally dry at the soil level can have issues with water due to tropical storms or the proximity to large bodies of water like the ocean. Engineers, architects and construction professionals must pay careful attention to how they manage groundwater and rainwater when building in Florida. The right materials and designs are important for keeping homes stable and dry.
If you have found that water gets into your home every time it rains or just steadily accumulates due to improper design, you may be able to bring a claim against the company that designed or built your home for the construction defects that have decreased its livability and overall worth.
Professionals have an obligation to the individuals who hire them
Whether you hired a homebuilding company to construct your dream house on a parcel you recently purchased or bought into a development or condo, you expect that the professionals involved with the design and construction of your home will do an adequate job. A new home should be safe, dry and comfortable to inhabit.
Sadly, many people working in the modern housing industry are there because they want quick, reliable profits. Cutting corners to increase the profit margin for a company could mean choosing to overlook risk factors for dampness, water incursion or even flooding on various properties. The use of cheaper materials could mean systems that fail to work as intended.
As a homeowner, you may be able to take action against real estate professionals who misrepresented a parcel of land, designers and architects who did not adequately consider water levels when planning the property or builders who failed to either properly waterproof a property or plan for adequate drainage near your foundation.
Water problems can make your home unlivable
Water getting into your home can be a massive headache. It can damage the structure itself, as well as your possessions. Too much water or dampness can make a property basically unlivable, particularly if mold begins to develop. In some cases, a home with water problems may be unsalvageable, meaning the owner needs to recoup the full cost of the property.
Holding professionals accountable for the mistakes that cost you money or ruin your home can be difficult, but it is necessary. Otherwise, those who become victims of professional incompetence or greed in the Florida real estate market would have to absorb financial losses caused by someone else.