The foundation of a home needs to be strong and in good shape in order to maintain structural integrity. Unfortunately, foundation problems are found in roughly 25% of homes in the United States. Most home insurance claims are made because of foundation problems, but Colorado residents should not have depend on their insurance or spend a fortune fixing a builder’s mistake. Through construction defect litigation, those dealing with foundation defects may be able to get the problems fixed at the builder’s expense, or they may recoup any money they have spent or lost due to repairs or loss in property value.
There are several signs that a home’s foundation is defective. The first thing most often noticed is cracks around the base of the house. Other signs include:
- Uneven flooring
- Gaps in the floor
- Gaps in the walls
- Doors and windows failing to close properly
- Leakage around the fireplace or in the crawl space
One of the most common causes of foundation defects is water damage. This may result from improper drainage. If water pools around the foundation, it can cause it to crack and/or sink, which can then create all the issues listed above — among other problems.
Foundation defects can be difficult and expensive to repair. Those who choose not to repair the damage may struggle to sell their property down the line at market value. Repairing the damage as soon as possible is the best thing one can do. Unfortunately, getting a builder to take responsibility for the damage can prove challenging. Under the right circumstances, legal counsel can help Colorado residents pursue construction defect claims in order to seek maximum compensation for their losses.