Whether you had a home, business, or other dwelling built in the state of Texas, you’re entitled to what you paid for—and that means the building you had constructed should be free from major defects. Unfortunately, not all builders and contractors are created equal, and poor-quality work is all too common across the Lone Star State. When that happens, many people feel like they’re out of options and will have to front the costs of repairs out of pocket, but taking legal action can help them get the compensation they deserve.
At the Law Office of Joel A. Levine, our Austin civil and commercial litigation attorneys understand how poor construction can be financially and even psychologically devastating for you. If it’s your home that was affected, you may be worried not only about the costs of fixing the poor craftsmanship and defects, but also the potential health risks they may pose to your family. And if the building was for a business or other commercial usage, your plans may be put on hold for a long period of time, costing you time, money, and even your reputation.
What Are Common Construction Defects?
Regardless of the size or complexity of a structure, contractors and construction companies are supposed to make it safe for human habitation and structurally sound. But that doesn’t always happen—especially when builders use cut-rate materials or cheap labor. A few common construction defects that can make buildings unstable or even unsafe include:
· Sinking and collapsing foundations—The foundation of a building is its most important part. Without a strong foundation, the rest of the structure may be unstable and prone to failure or even collapse. Properly building foundations is essential for all types of buildings, including residential and commercial, and builders who fail to uphold that requirement should be held liable.
· Electrical failures and hazards—Electricity is an essential component of modern buildings, and most people expect it to be safe and reliable. But when wiring is incomplete or not completed in compliance with current building codes and industry standards, it can be unreliable at best and dangerous at worst. You shouldn’t have to worry about the quality of the wiring in your building—and if the team who completed the job failed to perform the work correctly, we’ll hold them accountable.
· HVAC and plumbing failures—You expect the building you had constructed to have working air conditioning, heating, and plumbing. However, those essential components of homes and commercial structures aren’t always installed to a satisfactory or even functional level. Whether it’s pipe leaks and sewer line issues, or non-functional ducts and HVAC units, you shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket to fix the mistakes of the people you trusted to construct your investment.
· Stucco defects—Stucco is a popular material used for the exterior of homes and buildings in Texas, but its usage in construction requires proper installation techniques and know-how. Builders who try to cut corners or increase their profits may install faulty stucco exteriors that are susceptible to cracks and leaks. That can result in moisture becoming trapped between stucco and the home’s frame, causing mold, rotting, and eventually even stability issues with the home itself. Our attorneys know what negligent stucco work looks like, and we’ll hold the builder accountable for the mistakes that are costing you big money.
Get Experienced Legal Representation for Your Construction Defect Claim
Construction defects can range from frustrating to financially devastating to even unsafe for occupants of the affected buildings. Our legal team knows what you’re going through if you’re dealing with a construction defect, and we want to put our experience to work for you.
We’ll review all of the areas where your construction crew or contractors failed to uphold their end of the deal, and we’ll make sure they’re held fully liable for any damages or repair costs you incurred as a result of their negligence.
Don’t deal with this difficult issue on your own—get in touch with our experienced legal team today. You can contact us 24/7—call our office at (512) 982-1510 or by submitting an online contact form to get a free case evaluation. We’ll do everything in our power to get you the compensation you deserve, and if we can’t reach a settlement agreement with the involved parties, we won’t hesitate to take your case to trial.