A construction defect claim is filed when there is a failure of any building component, adjoining property or system. These damages may be obvious in some cases and hidden in others. For example, a water pipe that bursts may be obvious due to water damage, or it could be hidden when mold begins to grow behind drywall.
Construction defects have been a part of life for as long as people have been building. For instance, the Tower of Pisa is an excellent example of a building that was built without considering the soil conditions. If that happens to a home today, it may make it so that your home is completely uninhabitable due to sinking or a shattered foundation.
There are four categories of construction defects. These include:
- Design deficiencies
- Construction process failures
- Operation and maintenance issues
- Product or material insufficiencies
Many construction defect claims are made after finding construction process failures or material insufficiencies. For example, poor or faulty workmanship could lead to a wall collapsing or a staircase not holding an appropriate amount of weight. Poor materials could be anything from drywall to steel beams that are not up to standard.
If you are dealing with defects, reach out for help
If you are dealing with defects in a client’s home and are being sued, it’s important that you have the right knowledge in how to handle the case. Our website has more information on dealing with defects and how you can make sure that your business is protected. If faulty materials or poor workmanship from third parties is to blame, you may have your own legal actions to consider.