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Expansive Soil is a big problem in Las Vegas. It's BUYER BEWARE!!

Expansive Soil can cause foundations, walls, and ceilings to crack.

Expansive Soil can cause foundations to sink, causing mold.

What the buyer says to you about Expansive Soil does not matter. What is put in writing in your contract about Expansive Soil is what will prevail in a court of law. Read all paperwork before signing anything. If you do not understand your soil report or any other part of paperwork, hire someone to help you.

Beazer Homes and Expansive Soil

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February 29, 2000

Home defect suits settled for $21 million

LAS VEGAS SUN

Five Las Vegas home builders and developers agreed this month to pay $20.95 million to settle two construction defect lawsuits.

A $16.2 million construction defect lawsuit filed in 1997 against Rhodes Design and Development Corp. and two now-defunct builders, H.B.R. Development Inc. and and Halco Inc., was settled on Feb. 14 in favor of 188 single-family homeowners at the Casa Linda subdivision in North Las Vegas.

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Lesson learned

New law should prevent future home-defect battles

By Diana Sahagun
LAS VEGAS SUN

Everyone dreams of finding their perfect home. The one with the large, bay windows or high, vaulted ceilings. For others, it may be an expansive floor plan or a room with brass furnishings.

After closing on that $100,000-plus new home, imagine if the vaulted ceilings started to crack -- along with the walls, the driveway and more. Doors won't close and mold spores start appearing on the ceiling from a leaky roof.

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May 02, 2005

Supreme Court will hear construction case

By Cy Ryan <[email protected]>
SUN CAPITAL BUREAU

CARSON CITY -- A near $14 million judgment in a class action construction-defect case against home builders in Las Vegas comes before the Nevada Supreme Court for oral arguments Thursday.

About 200 homeowners in the Village at Craig Ranch were awarded $7.3 million, winning lawyers got $3.5 million and there were other costs for such thing as expert witnesses and court costs.

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November 11, 2002

Fire station back in service

LAS VEGAS SUN

After closing for a week, North Las Vegas Fire Station No. 53 went back into service Saturday morning inside temporary quarters.

A temporary mobile home will house six firefighters per shift, an operating engine and a paramedic rescue unit, Deputy Fire Chief Jim Stubler said.

The station, located at 3001 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. near Cheyenne Avenue, closed on Oct. 31 after expansive soils under the building damaged the structure.

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Landscaping on Expansive Soils

An article from Colorado State University

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Construction on Expansive Soil from the Dept. of Building and Planning in Chula Vista, CA

 

Take the case of Todd Seifert. The 38-year-old dispatcher moved with his wife and daughter to a new house in an unincorporated area just outside Litchfield Park, west of Phoenix, in 2003.

In just a few months, he was noticing the telltale signs of expansive soil: The doors wouldn't open, the walls were cracking, and some walls had shifted away from the foundation.

After getting no satisfaction from his builder, Ryland Homes, Seifert filed a complaint with the Registrar.

An agency inspector looked at Seifert's home. But while the inspector confirmed there were problems, and that those problems were caused by expansive soil, he was sympathetic when Ryland said it would need nine months to fix them, Seifert says.

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Cracked Houses

Homes all over Arizona are falling apart. Blame the bad soil -- and the lousy construction

By Sarah Fenske 

Article Published Mar 16, 2006

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Houses become a horror for Broomfield residents: Expansive soils expand into lawsuit

By Doug Cosper
Camera Staff Writer

Ed Ater’s problems began about 140 million years ago when volcanic ash rained down on his house site in Broomfield, which at the time was covered by an immense, shallow sea.

The problem – the ash, since turned to a scaly clay – became his soon after he and his wife picked up stakes in Amarillo, Texas, in 1990 and bought a new $150,000 home with a view of the mountains in the Ridgeview Heights subdivision.

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