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Water Intrusion Defects in Homes & Businesses

Water intrusion defects can result in costly property damage and health complications. Water intrusion into a home or commercial property can result from several causes. However, regardless of the cause, water intrusion is a serious problem that can cause permanent damage to structures and have long-lasting health implications for occupants. When moisture finds its way into a structure from a leaking roof, plumbing, doors, or windows, poorly draining landscape, or other cause, it can result in immediate damage to floors, walls, furniture, and other property.

In extreme cases, water intrusion is apparent. It is easy to spot where water is standing or when a section of wall/ceiling collapses. In other cases, the evidence may be more subtle, appearing as stains, damp carpet, swollen wood trim, or rust stains. These symptoms suggest the presence of water intrusion, but the cause of a leak may not be apparent.

Causes of water intrusion can be as wide-ranging as the use of defective materials to poor workmanship in the installation to poor planning/design of landscaping and drainage. Whatever the cause, when water finds its way into a new house or commercial property it may be a construction defect that the builder or their contractors can and should be held accountable for.

Impact of Water Intrusion on Structures & Buildings

The immediate impact of water intrusion is apparent in its effect on structures and materials.

However, when moisture is present in building materials, there is also the possibility of the outbreak and growth of molds. Unfortunately, damage from mold growth is often hidden behind walls, in insulation, and beneath floor coverings. Mold damage can be extensive because microscopic mold spores are easily distributed throughout the structure via the air handling systems. Anywhere there is adequate moisture to support mold growth, the spores can germinate and reproduce leading to unsafe mold levels that can threaten the health of occupants.

Some types of mold can be toxic even in small quantities. For this reason, water intrusion defects must be taken seriously and repaired as soon as identified. If the water intrusion defect has resulted in mold growth, immediate remediation measures should be taken. In severe mold cases, remediation may require eviction from the property until the health threat is contained and the property is safe to occupy.

Visible mold is easily identified, but mold growth hidden behind walls and beneath flooring, in AC ducts, and other out-of-sight places can be impossible to locate without the assistance of expert technicians. An industrial hygienist can take surface and air samples throughout the structure, analyze them in a lab, and quantify the levels of mold in the structure. If unsafe mold levels are detected, remediation will be necessary.

Water Intrusion Defect FAQ

How can I prove a water intrusion defect?

If your property was damaged or devalued because of a water intrusion defect, you will need to prove both the existence of the defect and its cause to recover compensation from the at-fault party. These are complex cases that may require the investigation and testimony of an expert witness in construction defects. At Arnold & Itkin, we have a network of investigators and experts who help us build robust cases against negligent contractors, builders, and manufacturers for water intrusion defects. We’re here to help you rebuild.

What causes water intrusion?

Water intrusion may be caused by faulty plumbing, roof or flooring defects, slope or building envelope issues, or other construction defects. If any part of a building is not fully waterproofed, rain or other water can cause serious damage. A window that’s not properly sealed may let in water from rain or even sprinklers nearby. Faulty plumbing in a retail store could cause a leak that eventually leads to the entire ceiling caving in. By determining the cause of water intrusion, we can assign fault and help you recover financial compensation to repair the damage and recoup your losses.

How do I know if I have a water intrusion defect claim?

Water intrusion can cause serious damage to a home or commercial building. It can affect large portions of the structure and can even lead to the development of toxic mold, which not only puts your health at risk but requires expensive mold remediation. If you suffered financial losses and/or physical harm because of water intrusion at your property, you may have a case against the builder or contractor that’s responsible for the defect. Our team can talk to you about your situation and consider the facts at hand to see if you have a claim. We offer a free consultation to help you get started!

Call Our Construction Defect Lawyers at (888) 493-1629

If you have suffered a financial loss from property damage caused by a water intrusion defect in your home or commercial property, you may be entitled to claim compensation from those responsible. Contact an experienced Houston litigation attorney from our firm today to learn more about your options. Arnold & Itkin LLP can help you build a strong case against a construction company, architect, contractor, engineering firm, or manufacturer who is responsible for losses you incur from a water intrusion defect.

To learn more, contact a Houston construction defect lawyer. Give us a call at (888) 493-1629.

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