Residential building requirements are very strict in California. There are numerous laws, definitions and regulations in place to ensure dwellings are safe and free from defects. It is, therefore, no surprise that claims for construction defects are one of the most common disputes that arise in the construction industry.

Identifying construction defects can be a challenge, but it is crucial to know what these deficiencies look like in order to understand the legal options in front of you. For instance, in this post, we will look at some examples of actionable defects, which are deficiencies for which a contractor, subcontractor and/or supplier could be held liable.

Water-related defects

  • Water intrusion through doors, windows, and roofs;
  • Foundation systems that do not prevent water or vapor from damaging other building components;
  • Faulty drainage systems;
  • Leaking plumbing or sewer systems;
  • Showers or baths that allow water into the flooring or walls.

Foundation-related defects

  • Cracked foundations or slabs;
  • Unlevel structures;
  • Structures that do not meet standards for wind load resistance and earthquakes.

Defects in other areas

  • Chimneys and fireplaces that present a risk of fire outside the enclosure;
  • Substandard electrical systems;
  • Significantly cracked exterior walls or hardscape.

What to do if you suspect a construction defect
If you are a contractor, architect or homeowner who has concerns about these and other construction defects, you should consult a construction lawyer. It is one thing to see these problems, but it is another to navigate the complexities of a construction defect case.

At Baker & Associates, we have extensive experience and an established network of experts to help our clients identify whether true defects exist, what caused the defects and who is responsible to remediate them, how much it should cost to remediate the defects, and whether insurance exists to cover the expense and how to force the insurance carriers to meaningfully participate in the process. Call us now at 310-904-6724 to discuss any concerns you may have.