My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Washington
Our house was built in 2015. We found it in August 2015 after completion and listed for sale. We purchased home in September 2015.
Our house has generally been fine outside of some settling at one corner of the house, but we've recently found that tile around the master shower and tub has been pulling away from its backing board, and grout cracking. Upon further inspection around the bathroom, it looks like water is escaping the shower stall, through the grout/under the tile, and possibly moving underneath for at least a few feet. My father who has done construction for 40 years says that this looks like improper tile installation, and there is water egress from the shower stall.
I started brief conversation with a couple local attorney offices on the subject, and talked with our real estate agent. They all suggested trying to work with the builder, or contacting the Washington State Dept of Labor & Industries to get advice on where to pursue this. The attorneys require a $3,000 and up retainer to spend any real time on the case.
From best I can tell, this issue falls under the Washington State construction defect warranty, valid 6-years from “substantial completion” of the construction. The "builder", a small property management company which owned a lot, split it in two and built two new homes to sale - I believe this is enough for them to fall under the law as a professional builder. The builder had one of their property-management carpentry guys assist on the two homes.
I want to see if anyone here has further details about this warranty law, and what would be the best way of getting the issues addressed, and any damage (underlayment?) repaired. The steps outlined in 64.50.020 at http://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.as...4.50&full=true appear to be a good place to start, if you guys believe this is a valid claim that legally falls into the construction defect warranty. We want to make sure that not only is the issue resolved, but any damaged backing boards, underlayment, and grout is repaired. I would doubt the issue has progressed far enough to damage framing.
We have stopped using that bathroom due to the damage that appears to be occurring, mostly hidden from view.