Foundations often don’t get the appreciation that they deserve. Out of all the systems in your home, the foundation is one that you are quite likely to take for granted and rarely (if ever) inspect or repair. However, the safety and stability of your property depend on the structural integrity of your foundation.
If your newly constructed, recently purchased or remodeled home has foundation issues, it can cost tens of thousands of dollars to correct those problems. Such issues may also drastically diminish the value of the property. Sometimes, homeowners can take action about foundation issues because they actually constitute a construction defect.
Can an expert tell you what caused the issue?
Foundation issues come in all shapes and sizes. Some people experience the crumbling of parts of the foundation either under the structure or in areas exposed to the elements. Other people might notice that they have difficulty opening and closing doors and windows, an issue that might indicate uneven settling. Water incursion is another issue often tied to foundation problems.
Each of these scenarios will have different foundation issues causing them. You will need to have an expert evaluate the property to determine the likely cause. For example, uneven settling could be a construction defect if the company that poured the foundation failed to properly smooth and settle the ground underneath the foundation first.
Construction defects are legal claims that often require significant evidence
If you suspect that the company that constructed or repaired your home damaged the foundation or did a poor job building it in the first place, you may be in a position to take legal action against that company for the impact of their shoddy workmanship on your property value.
Getting advice from someone familiar with construction law and gathering evidence about the cause of the issue and its impact on your property are important steps before you take action against a company.