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Water in the basement is a sign of a serious issue

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2018 | Construction Law

Homes built with basements have some risks that other types of homes don’t have. One of these is water leaks. These are problematic because they can signal very serious problems. In some cases, you won’t know that there are any issues until you start to see puddles on the floor. If the basement is finished, this can cause damage. Sometimes, basement leaks are due to normal wear and tear on the home. In other cases, defects in the construction or materials are what causes the problem. Because there are so many possibilities, it can sometimes be an intensive search to find out the root cause of the problem.

One of the easiest possibilities is that the gutters of the home need to be replaced. When they aren’t funneling rain properly, rain might seep into the walls through the area around the gutters. This is easy to correct; however, it can also mean that there is structural damage within the home.

Another possibility is that the foundation of the home isn’t up to par. This can cause water to seep into the basement. It might be accompanied by cracks in the cinder blocks or cement walls. These will often start as very miniscule cracks but can turn into much larger ones as the problem persists.

When workmanship or material defects is the cause of the leaks in the basement, you might decide to call your contract into effect. This can be easy if you are working with a reputable contractor; however, you might have to fight to get the issues corrected if the contractor is unscrupulous.

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