Water damage repairs drain homeowners
Modern materials, a less-skilled work force and lax code enforcement are blamed
By PAUL WENSKE, The Kansas City Star
Chagrined homeowners in relatively new subdivisions throughout the area are being stuck with house-repair bills that can hit $10,000 and sometimes much more.
The culprits? Wood rot and mold caused by water leaks.
With their dream homes turning into financial nightmares, homeowners are increasingly wondering: Who's responsible?
Many blame their builders for slighting precautions to keep water out, such as flashing and moisture barriers around windows, doors and roof lines. Builders acknowledge that some contractors cut corners, but they say homeowners often make things worse by failing to maintain their homes.