Building a home is supposed to be an exciting thing. However, for many Colorado residents, that feeling of excitement can quickly wear off when a problem is found with the property that can cost a fortune to repair, affect the resale value and even affect one’s health. Water damage, according to a report released at the end of 2018, is believed to be a big issue, particularly in new builds. When the builder or any subcontractors are believed responsible for it, construction defect litigation may help victims achieve compensation for their resulting losses.
Several people in another state shared their stories of buying luxury homes from reputable builders only to find, years down the line, that water damage had destroyed their foundations and caused their homes’ wooden insides to decay. These damages went unnoticed because they are challenging to see without tearing the homes apart. For some homeowners, such damage cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair.
What causes water damage in new homes? While it is possible that toilets can run, pipes can burst, dishwashers can break and washing machines can malfunction, sending water into places it shouldn’t be, the problems with water damage in new homes are usually not from any of these things. It is generally from how houses are built. New construction homes go up fast, and low-quality materials are being used, as are untrained workers. This all leads to shoddy construction that allows water to enter the house every time it rains or the humidity is high.
Water damage destroys the structural integrity of a home, and it can lead to the growth of mold. So, a house can slowly but surely become unsafe to reside in. This turns something that was once thought of as a positive asset into a liability. When a builder or subcontractor’s actions are believed responsible for water damage in a new home, it may be possible to hold them accountable for one’s losses. Colorado residents can turn to legal counsel who is experienced in construction defect litigation to assist them in seeking fair compensation for their losses.