MY 3 year old house built on a concrete slab has a new crack I found
(the 6th one) in the floor of a room where I was removing builder
(Veranda Homes LLC) installed carpet. The crack is 14 feet long and at
one end was a bad patch job that was a 1 1/2 foot hole.
I tapped on the patch area to find that it sounded hollow, then the
I found that my slab is only 2-3 inches thick in this area and not the
required 4 inches by building code.
How do I repair this hole?
Builder is uncooperative.House is only 3 years old.
Two reasons it's funny:
1. He'll never re-coop his losses from a lawsuit.
2. Should have been watching as it was being built.
Why is this funny? A house with code violations has reduced value on
the market, buyer should be compensated for his losses.
On Fri, 5 Sep 2008 10:17:06 -0500, Steve Barker DLT wrote:
Why not? He will also loose his investment in this house with such a
shabby foundation. Walls will have major cracking and will not appreciate
in value. Op will have a difficult time selling if he does not get this
dealt with immediately.
You are assuming he ordered the house. Many builders build and then sell.
Can't do much about that. It is still built in violation of the building
code. The contractor is in jeopardy of loosing his license if this goes to
Is this part of a complex of homes? Neighbors have problems? Slab
poured by sub-contractor?
Have you written to the builder? County/state construction boards and
If ever there was a case for calling in the cavalry, this sounds like
one.....attorney, prosecutor, etc.
I contacted the builder, this was his response to my letting him know
I had another crack and I wanted him to buy back my home-
"My attorney will be in touch to discuss all your accusations and
libelous statements. Any offer will be contingent on current actions
As you can see I am not dealing with a concerned person.
I would do nothing to make further repairs to the slab. Write a
business-like letter listing with
precise wording describing the defects. Send it certified mail, with cc
to state construction
board if you have one, local building code authority. Of course a good
attorney would be my first
choice if I had the $ and expected better conduct from one than from
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