SAN CLEMENTE, CA -- A construction defect lawsuit has been filed in Orange County Superior Court against homebuilder Pardee Homes on behalf of 25 homeowners in the City of San Clemente who claim their homes in the Reserve East neighborhood suffer from a long list of construction defects including water intrusion and soils issues. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the homeowners by the Irvine law firm of Kasdan Simonds Weber & Vaughan LLP.
"The general construction of these homes is woefully inadequate, in violation of the building codes, and is below accepted standards for the residential construction industry,” said Ken Kasdan, the firm’s senior partner. “These homes are only several years old, which makes the quantity and severity of the alleged defects quite disturbing for these homeowners.”
According to the lawsuit, construction defect problems include:
Cracks in stucco and concrete
Mold at window sills
Deteriorated balcony decks
Leaks in showers and tubs
Problems with flatwork sinking and cracking
Problems with air conditioning and heating
According to the lawsuit, improperly installed doors and windows as well as roofs and roofing systems, and balconies and balcony systems, allow water and/or excessive condensation to enter the housing structure and cause damage. Water damage is also caused by improperly built foundation systems and slabs that allow water or vapor to enter into the housing structure.
Other causes of water damage include improperly installed hardscape, including paths and patios, irrigation systems, landscaping systems, and drainage systems, that allow water or soil erosion to enter into or come in contact with the housing structure and cause damage to building components. Also, stucco, exterior siding, exterior walls, including exterior framing and other exterior wall finishes and fixtures, and the systems of those components and fixtures, were improperly installed and allow water to pass into the housing structure including the homes’ framing, substrate, flashings, trim, wall assemblies, and internal wall cavities.
Inside the homes, showers, baths, and related waterproofing systems leak water into the interior of walls, flooring systems, or the interior of other structural components. The waterproofing system behind or under ceramic tile and tile countertops also allows water into the interior of walls, flooring systems, or other components and causes damage.
Kasdan Simonds Weber & Vaughan LLP is one of the most experienced and successful construction defect litigation law firms in the western United States with offices in Southern California, Northern California and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm represent owners of single-family homes and multifamily housing (condos, high rise, lofts, and apartments), as well as homeowner associations, and institutional, commercial and municipal properties, and houses of worship. For more detailed information on the firm, visit www.kasdansimonds.com.