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Concrete issues potentially caused by defects


It can be exciting to build a house or make home improvements. The idea of bettering one's living situation, making a home more convenient or comfortable, and possibly increasing a home's value can make such an endeavor worthwhile. Most of the time, however, Minnesotans have to rely on construction crews to complete the specialized work necessary to finish the project. Though many times these companies utilize experienced, skilled workers and adequate materials, in instances that is not the case.

For example, those who have concrete poured, whether for a driveway, foundation, or a part of their landscaping may find that the finished product does not come out how they imagined. Concrete can turn out to be blistered, cracked, crazed, curled, delaminated, or discolored, just to name a few flaws. Though some of these effects may come about naturally over time, they can also be the result of defective product or improper usage of construction materials.

Construction defects can cause significant headaches for homeowners. Low spots in a concrete slab, for example, may cause moisture collection as the concrete will not drain properly. This could cause mold formation and additional damage to the concrete. Fixing the problem can take time and money. However, if a homeowner can show that the damage was caused by a defect, then he or she may be able to recover losses via legal action.

Legal matters dealing with defective products require detailed analysis and diligent application of the law. Negotiations may lead to a settlement, and when that is not a possibility, then litigation may lead to a favorable result. Yet, as every case is different, those who feel they have been wronged in their home improvement projects should fully consider their legal options.

Source: Portland Cement Association, "Concrete Information," accessed on Aug. 16, 2015

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