WATER INTRUSION IS NO. THREE (3) ON THE TOP TEN MOST COMMONLY LITIGATED HOUSE DEFECTS
3. Water Intrusion (Not Related to Roof Issues) - this is very general because it comes in all forms from water line leaks inside the house; sewage leaks; water intrusion from flower beds - the list goes on and on. A hearty number three on the top ten most litigated house defects.
Water Intrusion here refers to water that gets in to the house but not through the roof or the windows. So how does that happen? Through the following:
1. Flower beds next to the house that are higher than the weep holes allowing water to drain into the house.
2. Poor drainage that allows water in heavy rains to rise above the floor level of the house. In reality, these are mini floods, but they are treated as drainage issues rather than flooding because they are caused by improper construction or subdivision development.
3. Leaking pipes or air conditioning. While this is water that gets inside from inside the house, it is not supposed to be there and it is extremely common in houses.
There are myriad other ways that water can intrude into a house but each and all of these and many more have made water intrusion the third most commonly litigated house defect.