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What Is Normal Building Maintenance In California?

At the Law Office of Eugene P. Haydu, we speak to many people who wonder what "normal" building maintenance is in California, and what is a construction defect. With decades of experience as both an attorney and a carpenter, Mr. Haydu is uniquely qualified to address these questions and concerns.

Have you told yourself that fixing leaks and repairing other serious problems is simply part of the cost of doing business or owning a home? Think again. You may be budgeting to fix a builder's mistake — one that the negligent party should be paying for.

Normal Maintenance For Residential Property

If you own a home in California, you can expect to do a certain amount of maintenance to keep the house in good condition. Here are a few examples of normal maintenance activities for a well-built house:

  • Painting the outside of the house every five to seven years
  • Cleaning the gutters on a semi-annual basis
  • Maintaining clearance between the earth and the house's siding at ground level
  • Taking care of the filters in the heating and air conditioning systems
  • Checking the roof every few years for potential problems
  • Making sure that the weep holes on the outside of the house allow water in the tracks of sliding windows to drain

Normal Maintenance For Commercial Buildings

Most normal maintenance for commercial buildings is similar to that of residential homes. One difference is that many commercial buildings are constructed with low slope or flat roofs. This means that the drain lines on the roof should be maintained at least twice a year. If the building is in the vicinity of any deciduous trees, the drain lines may need to be checked every few weeks during autumn to prevent water buildup.

Potential Signs Of Construction Defects

Although some builders or contractors will tell you otherwise, the following examples are NOT normal maintenance items and may stem from a construction defect:

  • Excessive cracking on stucco that requires sealant to fill in the fissures
  • Water that leaks around the edge of windows
  • Condensation on the inside of windows
  • Any and all leaks in the roof
  • Leaks or drips in the plumbing
  • Mold growth inside the building
  • Disintegrating concrete
  • Other significant repairs

Contact Our Sacramento Attorney For Residential Construction And Commercial Construction Defects

If you suspect that the repairs your home or building needs are more than routine, do not hesitate to schedule a free initial consultation with the Law Office of Eugene P. Haydu. Simply call our Sacramento office at 916-677-4964, or contact our lawyer via the online email form. We will investigate the situation and advise you of your rights and options.


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