Leonard LaRochelle took possession of his modular home on Borden Crescent through the cityâ€™s affordable housing program in 2011. Now, 2014 has been nothing but headaches and money lost to basement flooding.
â€œThe water actually came all the way underneath the flooring,â€ LaRochelle said, walking through his basement â€“ floor boards torn up, moldy insulation scattered everywhere and furniture and drywall all huddled in the middle of the room.
Three different leaks sprung in LaRochelleâ€™s basement this spring, causing him to tear down the walls of his newly finished basement and pull up $1,200 worth of flooring.
He said he called the builder to see if they would look at the cracks in the concrete foundation, and they agreed. However, the results werenâ€™t exactly what LaRochelle was expecting.
After a couple of visits from a maintenance worker, LaRochelle said they patched the holes on the inside of the home, but they didnâ€™t do anything to seal the home from the outside.
â€œAs water continues to build up inside, in the fall if we get a freeze that water is going to expand and spider and make so many more issues,â€ LaRochelle said, adding exposed wood on the outside of the home is starting to rot.
When the builder wouldnâ€™t comply, he went to City Hall. There, LaRochelle said he asked building inspection managers to have his home inspected again.
â€œThe response I got from the inspection manager was that the inspection had initially passed so they wouldnâ€™t find anything different now, so they couldnâ€™t change anything thatâ€™s been done and they refused to get another inspection,â€ LaRochelle said, adding his next step was to take the issue to his city councillor, Ann Iwanchuk.
â€œItâ€™s concerning to hear residents having these issues, we want home ownership to be a positive experience for all,â€ Iwanchuk said. â€œWhen I was made aware of these concerns about a month ago, I’ve gone to the administration and asked to go back to the builder and they’re currently in the process of getting more information.â€
Director of planning and development, Alan Wallace, said theyâ€™ve opened up an investigation into the matter and theyâ€™ll be reaching out to homeowners and the builder to see if anything can be done to resolve the issue.
â€œUntil we get all the facts we won’t know what’s going on up there,â€ Wallace said, adding the cityâ€™s hands are somewhat tied, because the contract is complete.
Of course you havenâ€™t seen anything until you have seen the leaks in this dramatic video below.
You wonâ€™t find videos like this in Calgary or Toronto (mostly because they have tougher building codes). Â Hopefully that is ROCK 102 playing in the background.