Construction Defect Attorneys in Orange County
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Have you started to notice cracked windows or leakages in your home? Is your bathroom starting to smell moldy? Are your tiles or wooden floors starting to crack in odd places?
If so, there may be a construction defect on your property. Whether it’s from a repair or renovation, recent construction, or old but only recently discovered, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.
At Harris Grombchevsky, we protect the rights of homeowners and property owners. We know just how much money and trouble a construction defect can be. In the worst cases, they may even cause injury.
If you have been the victim of shoddy construction work, let our Orange County construction defect attorneys fight for you. This area of the law is always in flux—let us make it easy to exercise your rights. Backed by many years of experience, we know the ins and outs of these complex claims.
Why wait? Call our Orange County office at (888) 427-8064 for a free consultation.
Filing Residential and Commercial Construction Claims
Under California law, builders and contractors are responsible for their work. That means they are on the hook for any construction defects they cause. Filing a legal claim against them is often the best way to hold them accountable and get the compensation you deserve.
Warning Signs of Construction Defects
Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, make sure to look out for these common signs of construction defects:
- Water stains
- Flaking or spalling stucco
- Cracked concrete walls or columns
- Cracked tiles and flooring
- Cracked windows and doors, especially in the corners
It is a good idea to have a professional inspect your property as soon as you notice any warning signs. If your suspicions are confirmed, don’t wait to contact a Orange County construction defect lawyer. At Harris Grombchevsky, we take on all sorts of residential and commercial construction claims.
Common Types of Construction Defects
With so many components going into the construction of any building, any part of the structure could be defective. Worse, these defects may remain hidden for years.
Some common construction defects include:
- Shoddy construction
- Plumbing problems
- Electrical code violations
- Building code violations
- Poor workmanship
- Poor thermal insulation
- Poor moisture protection
- Lack of structural integrity
- Lack of planning
- Use of cheaply made materials
- Defective seals on windows and doors
These defects can be divided into 4 main categories. Let’s dive into them.
Material deficiencies have to do with the use of poorly made materials. These are often found in houses where the contractor or architect tried to get the job done quickly and turn the most profit.
Any material can be defective, but the most common include:
- Cheap/discount drywall
- Cheap waterproofing materials
- Windows with weak frames/glass
- Poorly made roofing shingles
This is when part of a property’s design is defective.
For example, if a bathroom’s plumbing was defectively designed, it may lead to all sorts of other problems. Water may leak from a second-story bathroom and come through the kitchen ceiling. This can happen slowly over time, leading to mold, mildew, and poor structural support.
Most often, design deficiencies are caused by an architect or engineer who cut corners and went against building codes.
This is when a house or property is built on an unsteady, unreliable foundation.
In Orange County, houses built on hills, cliffs, and near the ocean often have subsurface deficiencies. For example, a house on a hill may be built on shifting soil, which can become a serious problem in the event of a landslide.
This is what most people think of when they think of a construction defect. Construction deficiencies are caused by poor workmanship, such as dangerous electrical wiring or improperly installed showers, doors, windows, etc. There is nothing wrong with the material, the design, or the foundation—the problem is the execution of the work itself.
Each of the above types of defects may lead to financial losses, property damage, and even injury. Thankfully, that means each of these defects may be the subject of a lawsuit. Our Orange County construction defect lawyers have found that often more than one type of deficiency contributes to a single claim.
Time Limits on Filing a Claim
The general time limit for construction defect claims for breaches of contract or implied warranty is somewhere between two to four years. This is because different statutes of limitations apply depending on the terms of the work agreement.
To put it simply, if you hired a contractor to renovate your bathroom but didn’t sign any paperwork, then you may only have two years to file a claim. If you have a written agreement, then the statute of limitations would most likely be extended to four years.
Negligence cases are subject to completely different deadlines. For those concerning a personal injury or wrongful death, the person generally has two years to file a claim. If the main issue is property damage caused by negligence, then they will have three years to file.
With so many different things to keep in mind, it is recommended to consult a construction defect lawyer to avoid missing the deadline for your case.
How Long Is a Contractor Liable for Latent Defects?
A latent defect is one that isn’t discovered until long after the work is completed. The law recognizes that not all defects are obvious.
According to Section 337.15, most property owners have 10 years from the date of the project’s completion to file a latent defect claim.
Suing a House Flipper
If you bought a flipped house only to find out later that it was rife with defects, you may have the right to sue the seller. These claims are becoming more and more common, but they still fall under the same statutes of limitations as other construction defect claims.
House flipping is an increasingly popular practice where a person buys a home, remodels it, and sells it at a profit. This is a completely legal practice—that is, unless the person doing the remodeling, or “house flipping,” isn’t qualified.
It is all too easy for someone to make mistakes when replacing floors, installing doors, and putting up new walls. It is especially dangerous when they make a mistake with the plumbing and electrical.
Don’t let irresponsible house flippers get away with endangering you and ripping you off. Hold them accountable.
For skilled guidance and high-quality representation, call (888) 427-8064 today!
Residential and commercial construction claims are complicated, but protecting your rights doesn’t have to be.
From our office in Orange County, our trusted attorneys will take care of every aspect of your claim. We’ll work to find the exact defect that caused your damages, maximize your compensation, and fight for accountability. At our law firm, we always have our clients’ best interests at heart.
Speak to a Orange County construction defect attorney in a free consultation. Reach out to us online or at (888) 427-8064.