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Toll Brothers in Hot Water Over Home Damage in Bucks County Development
June 16, 2017
A group of Bucks County residents are taking action against their homebuilder – Horsham, Pa.-based Toll Brothers – over claims of improper building practices that have caused thousands of dollars in water damage to the properties.
Located in Doylestown, Pa., the Buckingham Forest development includes homes that lack what's needed for proper water management, leading some homes to have damage beneath their stucco or brick façades, according to the Bucks County Courier Times.
Rob Lunny, of Lunny Building Diagnostics in Warwick, who said he's inspected 80 of the roughly 200 homes in Buckingham Forest, agreed. He said the failures are due to improper water management, not building materials. He said many homes he inspected have missing or improperly installed flashing — the strips of water-resident material installed around windows and doors, at roof intersections and other areas where water could enter a structure. He also said some gutters are too small to handle runoff and some homes lack elements to prevent water from seeping through exteriors.
Lunny and other construction experts say these problems are not exclusive to Toll, the suburban newspaper reported, but can be seen in plenty of properties in southeastern Pennsylvania as developers rushed to get houses up as the housing market recovered.
Toll told the newspaper in a statement it is committed to addressing issues in any home still within its 10-year warranty, as well as any of its properties up to 12 years old, or the time limit set by Pennsylvania law to make claims.
A few Buckingham Forest homeowners, however, said they had no idea the water damage had occurred until after their houses were outside of the warranty window.
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