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Old 05-29-2009, 05:54 PM
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whis is the person constructing your house....if NOT the builder?
do you mean the construction foreman? or the framer? or the owner of the building company?

so you are saying their explanation was that the workings inside the toilet were stolen and the thief did not turn off the water valve and the toilet overflowed which caused all the water damage?

why would a thief want to steal the inner workings of a toilet when most of them are plastic???
and why take just one--surely there was more than one toilet violated?

your builder has INSURANCE--believe me he does for something like this--ask to see the insurance claim he filed for the damage
IF the house was not locked prior to the theft--they went off and left the house open maybe--then the insurance may not honor the claim...but I would want to know what is going on with the insurance situation...

is this build happening within a CITY's limits--or a COUNTY's limits---
if it is a city house--then there HAS to be an inspection before drywalling--if not then the builder and code inspector are in cahoots...
and I think a county requires same type of inspection just might not have the same code requirements for construction (usually less stringent)...
you do NOT want to wait until a house is finished to have some third-party inspector come by--70% of what is important is covered by sheetrock at that point in time...that in itself tells me this builder is not on the up and up...

what are the legal ramifications if the builder cannot make good on remediation--and remember--they won't want to spend any more money than absolutely necessary--they will tell you once things dry out, everthing is ok--
it is not...

I am with your wife on this one...
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Old 06-08-2009, 04:18 PM
Location: Terre Haute, IN
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With any water damage comes the potential for indoor pollution (see water damages (http://www.solutionsiec.com/water_damage.html - broken link)). While I don't really know everything the contractor did to dry things out, from what you're saying, they didn't do what they should have. I would have an inspector (see IAQ acronyms (http://www.solutionsiec.com/iaq_acronyms.html - broken link)) take a look at things and confirm that everything is ok before you have things move onto a surprised health-related issue and/or unplanned financial burdens.
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Old 06-08-2009, 04:52 PM
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They've done what they can, and they've made some repairs. What we want to do (and others have suggested here, including you Jasony) is to get a certified inspector that deals with indoor air quality. I'm working on that now (via Angie's List).

Thanks for all the feedback. I appreciate the IAQ acronyms link you posted as well. That's very helpful to reference.

FYI, the other thing I neglected to mention was that we finally saw the flood damage in the media room. It looks like the water went all the way around the sides of the room.
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Old 11-07-2009, 12:50 AM
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Hi all,

In case anyone was curious, the builder agreed to apply a comprehensive 2 year warranty on the house. We also had a second inspection done on the house to ensure that moisture was not still in the walls.

Thanks again for everyone's comments!
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Old 11-07-2009, 03:31 PM
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frankly I think the extra year's warranty the builder is offering is going to prove pretty useless if/when there are issues that come from this water episode...
who did the second inspection--someone you hired and builder paid for or someone he brought into the mix--

while it is true that mold takes moisture and oxygen to grown---so that there may be nothing behind that sheetrock that was not taken out--
I would worry more about the attention to detail that is being displayed daily during the construction process
if your first post was in may they should be almost done
how do you feel about other aspects of the construction
was there someone paying more attention after this water damage episode
who is the warrenty with--the builder per se or is it something like American Home Shield policy that realtors/homesellers can pay for when a re-sale home is on the market?
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:57 PM
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Well, we had a second inspection done (both were independent inspectors.. we insisted), where the first one found the problem. That same inspector came back to measure the moisture, and everything checked out.

We explicitly stated in the insurance coverage that that particular room would be covered by any damage in the next 5 years due to mold. The overall insurance package is two years.

Don't have the warranty type in front of me, but it was through a 3rd party service (not the builders).
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