While it is often said that home is where the heart is, it is also expected to be a place of comfort, safety, and security. If you have just put weeks, months, even years into watching a new construction take form, moving in and having everything going according to plan is supposed to be your reward—from waking up in your new bedroom to making family dinners, grilling out on the weekends, and having a place to enjoy relaxing after the rigors of work each day; after all, for most of us, owning a home is a lifelong dream!
There are many safety and health hazards out there today, from dealing with air and water quality issues and pollution, to navigating safely back and forth each day in crime-ridden areas—not to mention trying to avoid the ever-growing number of traffic accidents each day. And although you may have done everything possible to see that your new home construction project would run according to plan, defects can occur for numerous different reasons: inferior materials, poor installation techniques, hurried or inexperienced labor, and much more. It is understandable that mistakes happen, but if your safety or health is being affected at home, any defect must be resolved as soon as possible.
You may find yourself dealing with any of the following:
- Potential fire hazard from electric defects – there may be a burning smell emanating from outlets, as well as other signs like unpredictable brownouts, appliances not turning on, circuit breakers that are constantly tripping, and more.
- Ventilation issues – these usually occur due to HVAC defects, but are potentially dangerous to your health as toxins and pollution can build up in the air, along with excessive humidity.
- Mold growth from water intrusion – while leaks or flooding can cause a wide range of damage to the home, mold growth is always an issue, leading to the potential for serious respiratory issues—and especially in younger children and seniors.
- Structural defects – mistakes made during the framing process or the use of inferior materials could have catastrophic results such as collapse of ceilings and more if the integrity of the home is threatened.
If you are concerned about a major problem or a possible construction defect, have it checked out right away. If the problem is left unresolved and you are considering pursuing a construction defect case, contact Scott D. Levine, APC to schedule a free consultation. We will examine your home and investigate any defects, and then work diligently from there to help you reach a positive and speedy resolution.
Please call us at (213) 880-4585 or contact us by email at Scott@ScottLevineLaw.com.