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Rampant water intrusion into Stanley Martin homes in the Belmont Bay community. Most have been repaired, some 4 or 5 times, including mine Ė but some still leak, like mine and two of my neighbors. Whenever it rains for a long period of time or wind-blown rain, we have water intrusion into our homes. The intrusion appears to be coming in through the exterior brick veneer sidings and into the tops of the window sills. I have enlisted the services of professional engineers and an architect to determine source of problem and recommended solution (see below). Initial findings indicate blatant disregard for both International Residential Codes and Virginia Building Codes. Most of these code violations would have been found if the county code inspectors had actually inspected the homes during initial construction (in 2001). Water intrusion can cause structural failure, toxic molds/mildews, termites and health problems. Shortly after moving into this home, I was diagnosed with pneumonia. I am very healthy and work out everyday. My dog almost died from anemia (cause unknown) and I had to spend $1,500 to save her life.
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Leaking Homes in Belmont Bay, Woodbridge, VA 22191

Posted 10-02-2008 at 01:00 PM by LeakingStanleyMartinHomes

I am a Soldier in the Army and I will be deploying to Iraq in February. I bought a 2001 Stanley Martin built townhome from the original owner, in Belmont Bay (Woodbridge, VA) the summer of 2006. Since I moved in, rainwater has been leaking into the house causing thousands of dollars in water intrusion damage, mold, and mildew. Only after I discovered the leak did I learn that the home had been leaking since it was built and the previous owner knew it, but did not disclose it to me. In fact, the previous owner is now the President of our Homeowner's Association. My entire community has been enduring this problem with over 15 other Stanley Martin built homes that leaked when it rained. Stanley Martin attempted to band-aid-fix the problems - sometimes three or four times, many have been successful but some have not. Itís only a matter of time. My home has been "repaired" by Stanley Martin at least four times over the last five years, and it still leaks. Unfortunately Stanley Martin takes the quick, cheap easy way out rather than really fixing the problems. They don't hire professional independent engineers who specialize in residential water intrusion, they use poor building materials, they hire unqualified laborers to do the work of professionals, they do not build to the International Residential Code standards, they do not inspect the work and they do not stand by their work. Stanley Martin Corp should not be allowed to build any more homes or buildings in Virginia (or anywhere else in the United States) until they repair the homes they have already built. I know of at least five other Stanley Martin homes that still leak, including mine. I developed pneumonia shortly after discovering the leaks even though I am very fit and healthy. My dog Lucy mysteriously became anemic and would have died if I hadn't spent $1,500 on a blood transfusion and medication. Anyone buying or renting a home in Belmont Bay must demand the owners pay for an independent water test (test the home for water leaks) and a professional mold and mildew test. DO NOT SIGN A DISCLAIMER. DEMAND A DISCLOSURE STATEMENT from the owner as a condition of the sale or rental agreement. INSIST THEY ANSWER, IN WRITING, IF THE HOME HAS EVER LEAKED. This applies even if the home is brand new and youíre buying directly from Stanley Martin. DEMAND A WATER TEST and explicit water intrusion coverage in your warranty! Marvin Iavecchia

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    I watched the Stanley Martin THs being built as I moved into my single family home next door. They are sheathed with cardboard called "energy brace". That's right. Not plywood or OSB but actual cardboard similar to a hardcover textbook. This is then covered by vinyl sinding and brick. It is applied to the beams by a staple gun. The wood used on the exterior mouldings is the usual cheap junk. I don't think these THs are garbage however they do require mantenance on the exterior entryways and mouldings, windows etc... The cardboard seems to be holding up. Several have had leaks seemingly from the bay windows and other sources. I would not avoid buying one of these but get it checked well for any leaks. All leaks can be fixed. Even if you have to pay a few thousand to tear some of the sheetrock out to find the leak, get it done. Despite the cardboard walls, I think these THs are a safe buy. Yes Stanley Martin...use some damn plywood and charge $2000 more. Do it right the first time!
    Posted 08-08-2012 at 11:01 PM by Samoyed Samoyed is offline

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