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What is a construction defect in California?

The construction industry is a big indicator of the California economy and the country as a whole. If the industry is booming, the economy is stable. If the industry is struggling, the economy is taking a hit. An important part of the construction industry is safety. Defects can happen with construction, which is why we will take a closer look at this topic today.

A construction defect is defined as an issue in your home that reduces the home's value. A good number of defects are difficult to notice, while others are quite noticeable (patent), such as a leak or seepage of water in a basement. Some defects are not found until you have lived in the home for years (latent).

Construction defects can be caused by any of the following factors:

  • Poor workmanship
  • Use of inferior materials
  • Negligent construction
  • Poor planning
  • Poor site selection
  • Defective materials
  • Improper preparation of the soil

The most commonly found construction defects include the following:

  • Cracks in the foundation, floor, roof or walls
  • Water seepage
  • Mold
  • Faulty wiring
  • Failure of the structure
  • Poor drainage
  • Dry rot
  • Electrical and heating failures

In cases involving construction defects, it's quite possible that you could recover compensation for the money you spent to have repairs made to your home. You might also be able to recover the amount in value your home declined due to the construction defect found.

Injured by a construction defect in Orange County? An experienced construction law attorney can help you understand your rights and explain how you can go about seeking compensation for your injuries.

Source: FindLaw, "Construction Defect FAQs," accessed Sep. 14, 2017

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