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Defects that allow water ingress could lead to structural damage

On Behalf of | Nov 25, 2021 | Construction Law |

Constructing anything that prohibits the ingress of water is nothing short of an engineering miracle. At least, that is how it seems to those of us unfamiliar with the construction industry. The nature of water allows it to travel unimpeded until something stops it or redirects it to a different path.

As you may imagine, making a home or other structure secure against water intrusion takes skill and training. When a contractor leaves your home unprotected against water ingress, you may have grounds to pursue construction litigation.

What can water intrusion do to a structure?

If you notice excess water in time to have it repaired quickly, you can expect little or no damage. However, moisture has a way of seeping in so subtly that you may not notice the problem in time to prevent damage.

When left unnoticed, water intrusion can damage structural elements of your home or business property. For example, if water or water vapor seeps unchecked into your basement, it could cause damage to the foundation of your home. Over time, it is even possible for moisture to degrade portions of the framework, jeopardizing other parts of your house.

Another way water intrusion causes problems is that it can promote the growth of toxic mold that thrives in damp locations. Mold is not just a form of property damage; it is also a potentially severe health risk. As such, you must address the situation quickly, which could lead to increased repair costs.

When water ingress occurs due to one or more defects, you have legal options at your disposal, including Murfreesboro construction litigation. However, before you get started on a claim, make sure you have grounds to initiate litigation. Learning more about Tennessee construction defect laws is an ideal way to start.