LANDSCAPING, DRAINAGE and EROSION ISSUES
Improperly graded lots and poorly designed drainage systems can lead to significant problems, particularly for properties built in “expansive” soil areas. Expansive soils, as the name suggests, expand and contract based upon the accumulation of water. Water that does not properly drain away from the foundation can get underneath the house and cause “uplift” of the slab: quite literally moving the house and causing cracking of concrete, tile, stucco, drywall, and making windows and doors difficult to operate. You may wish to review the Building Movement photos for examples of this type of damage for reference. Improper drainage systems can lead to soil erosion issues as well.
DISCLAIMER: The photos above are for illustration and reference purposes only. Your home may or may not have the issues represented above, and no legal representations, guarantees or warranties are made with respect to the ability to recover for the same or similar issues. The existence of a defect or construction problem, including those illustrated above, does not necessarily mean that there is a legal basis for recovery. There are several statutes of limitations, statutes, laws and building codes which will impact a homeowner’s ability to assert a claim and recover damages or other legal relief. Homeowners should direct specific questions to a qualified attorney.