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QA inspectors say these are the most common construction defects

Let’s say you’re a Florida developer who wants to build a condominium complex. After you hire a contractor to construct the project, you will also likely hire QA (quality assurance) inspectors to check on the progress and quality of the work being done.

Those QA inspectors look at work all across the nation and compile data on which construction defects are most common in the construction industry. Let’s take a look at the problems they find most often.

The most common construction defect QA inspectors come across are defective foundations and vapor retarders (a thin layer of polyethylene sheeting included in construction to prevent moisture from damaging the building). A defective foundation/vapor barrier can result in moisture intrusion that damages floors, cabinets and air quality.

Another common construction defect can be found in framing, where trusses are incorrectly attached or are bearing on non-load-bearing walls. These construction mistakes lead to problems such as cracked drywall, and in some cases, popping sounds as the trusses shift.

Repairs are possible, of course, in instances in which trusses bear on non-bearing walls, but they are labor-intensive and expensive, which is why contractors are loathe to admit to the defects and even less inclined to fix their mistakes.

Another common defect: missing or damaged fire blocking. While few of us are familiar with construction terms, fire blocking is an easy one to understand. Fire blocking blocks the spread of fire in buildings. “It works by dividing framing cavities into separate compartments, slowing the passage of flames and combustion air,” the Journal of Light Construction says.

Far too often, fire-blocking measures are damaged by subcontractors who knock them out of the way in order to install electrical systems or heating, cooling or plumbing.

We’ll have more on these common problems in an upcoming post.

Until then, if your condo association encounters construction defects, contact a Florida law firm known for effective construction litigation.

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