If you hired a contractor to build a new home for you recently, you may have been overwhelmed just sitting at the design table, considering all the details that must be put into motion for such a project. Often, quite a large group is required to coordinate from beginning to end, using their accumulated wisdom in nearly every area, whether that is architecture or electrical.

Soil Issues of Greater Concern in California

Outside experts must often be consulted with too, and especially in states like California where expansive soil issues are even more prevalent. A soil analysis is usually required for any new construction, and this may be something you choose to do first; in fact, you may want to wait on going forth with a building plan or signing any contracts until you know the status of the soil on your property. Moving forward, a thorough analysis will guide your contractor in placing footings and choosing the proper type of foundation for your property.

A Thorough Analysis Should Be Performed

Expansive soil could become a serious issue later if the analysis was not performed property—or if the contractor failed to construct a proper foundation after receiving the data. When the soil swells, it can wreak havoc on your foundation, pushing against it and causing instability. The soil may cause your foundation to crack in multiple places, as well as move. Floors and walls may become damaged, and as the soil expands and then constricts, the foundation and entire home are stressed. While a foundation defect caused by soil expansion should be addressed immediately, it will help if you can regulate moisture levels as much as possible to reduce further damage.

Foundation & Structural Defects May Occur as Soil Expands

Typical symptoms of a foundation defect are cracks in any number of places, from the exterior of the foundation to the interior—to include floors, walls, and more. If the foundation is shifting, you may also find that doors and windows are strangely affected, becoming hard to open and close, and it may suddenly seem as if they no longer with the fit in the doorjambs or window frames. The basement floors may seem uneven as well. You may also notice signs of soil expansion as the driveway begins to crack and become unstable.

The first step is to notify your builder as soon as possible of any cracking or other problems that may point to a foundation or structural defect. While the contractor does have the right to repair, if the situation is not rectified, you may need to call in expert legal help like Scott D. Levine, APC—as well as experts in soil analysis. We can offer a thorough initial consultation, both identifying and examining the issue, and bringing in a team of experts to study the site if necessary.

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We will listen to your needs and then fight to get the desired results, while protecting your legal rights. Please call us at (213) 880-4585 or contact us by email at Scott@ScottLevineLaw.com.