Plumbing is just one of the many facets of a construction project that can cause a construction defect. Defects can emerge shortly after project completion or years later. Regardless of when or where they emerge, construction defects have the potential to bankrupt unsuspecting contractors and construction companies.
In this two-part series, a Ft. Myers construction lawyer at Cotney Construction Law will be discussing some of the common plumbing issues that can affect completed construction projects. No matter your contribution to a construction project, you may find yourself embroiled in a construction defect dispute. If that happens, consult with one of our Ft. Myers construction lawyers at Cotney Construction Law.
Just a single leak is enough to cause incredible damage if it goes unnoticed. Now, imagine dozens of leaks throughout a newly constructed building. If unaddressed, these leaks can lead to not only water waste but also costly water damage. The wrong size pipe, insufficient materials, or poor connections can lead to a leak. An otherwise intact structure could be badly damaged by a water leak, leaving the owner with little choice but to go after the contractor responsible.
Clogged pipes may seem like a minor inconvenience, but they could be an indication of a much larger problem. Additionally, clogged pipes can lead to a health code violation for business owners. While external factors, such as tree roots or degrading sewer systems, can cause clogged pipes, an owner may claim that improper materials or shoddy workmanship were to blame.
If a building’s plumbing was incorrectly installed, it can lead to loud banging as pipes slam into walls. What you’re hearing is known as a “water hammer,” and it can cause damage within a structure’s walls. This can be caused by high water pressure, a loose connection between the pipe and the wall, or malfunctioning arrestors meant to stabilize the pipes. This is yet another issue that can grow in time to become a costly defect. An owner that could have mitigated the problem early may wait to come after you. If you are being targeted by a disgruntled owner, consult with a Ft. Myers construction attorney to discuss your options.
For more information on plumbing issues on completed construction projects, read part two.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.