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  1. Paul, Thanks for the info. We mentioned this to our CSR yesterday and he said they are not required to go by anything in the IRC. He said it's just a guideline and can't be enforced. So, I guess they can slope all their other driveways as they should be, but ours doesn't qualify for that..Amazing he can say that. I guess we are just crazy for wanting water to actually drain away from our foundation! Anyway after arguing with our CSR for the past 2 weeks he finally sent a "denial" work order for our complaint. He actually made it official in writing that he "stopped by one day aft
  2. Okay fellas, I realize I've dragged this post on long enough, so I have just a few final comments and questions and I'll be on my way. Please just understand I am trying to gather as much info as possible before deciding on whether or not we need to go the legal route. We really don't want to have to do that, so I am exploring all possible options. Anyway, I checked with the building officials in the county we live in and I found out that they use the following: Adopted Codes International Building Code (2000 Edition) International Residential Code (2000 Edition)
  3. Thanks, Bob I too think that's what he was referring to, but there's also mention of a trip hazard there as well. I did my own water test yesterday and there are a few spots on the slab that are right at the 3/16" mark. I guess was concerns me most is the area that is in question here. The slab is approx 9'x 7' and when flooded, the standing water covers just about the entire length where the slope was created. I guess what I'm mosy confused about is that everything I've read states that water should flow away from the foundation. This water does not flow anywhere! It literally sits th
  4. Chris Prickett: Which standard of workmanship were you exactly referring to on page 13 of AZ ROC workmanship standards? The only reason I ask is because we finally got a response from our builder and they are now saying all the work is up to standard and to not waste our time going through AZ ROC. ANYTIME we've ever brought an issue up with our CSR he always says "it's within code, so don't waste your time" but then HE always offers to contact the AZ ROC on our behalf to set up a visit from them. I think 95% of his customers here this and just take him at his word. Anyway, he s
  5. Of course I realize it evaporates (I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but there's still some hope!)....But I think I'm askig more along the lines of the elements of the cement, house foundation etc as far as water entering? Given that our driveway doesn't slope away from our foundation as it should, I just wonder how much water is entering our soil that shouldn't, etc. I guess in reality there is no way to answe that without seeing our house in person. Sorry, just tack this question up to me thinking out loud, while at the same time sitting too close to my computer!
  6. Ok, no laughing...This is likely the "dumb question" of the day..Again, I'm not an expert like you guys nor can I even remember the last time I stayed at a Holiday Inn! Anyway, we've had a bit of rain here in AZ the past few weeks. Heck, I even washed my car once in the last week. Needless to say that after these events we have the standing/ponding water problem on our driveway. The water literally sits there for days. Okay, time for the question......How much of this water is likely absorbed into the cement and then into the soil beneath? I realize we have very expansive soil here i
  7. Thanks, Scott.......We'll get in-touch with you very soon.
  8. Well, it finally happened! I knew it was just a matter of time..Yesterday some guy was going door-to-door selling the usual crap, and as I opened the front door he was wiping off his pants. He said he tripped on our driveway as he walked from our neighbor's house over to ours. I asked him where he tripped, and of course it was right where the driveway slab slopes up to the walk-way. He didn't seem to bothered by it but he did actually ask me why ours was like that? Of course I just smirked and had to bite my tongue! Still, I can only imagine what trouble this might have caused if he had really
  9. Thanks Gary, You guys have been awesome and I've definietly learned a great deal from this site. Scott has already contacted me and left me some solid information. Hopefully we'll get back in-touch when he gets back from the conference in CA. I just am trying my best to explore all possible options before hiring an attorney to proceed forward. But man, as I sit here and write this I can literally hear my house "cracking" and "popping" around me. My patience is defintely being testest and when you get zero help from your builder it just makes it that much more frustrating. And it's s
  10. Hey guys....Still no luck with our builder...We've been waiting about 3 weeks now to hear from them in regards to our last walk-through, in which we noted the trip hazard and the water ponding. In the past they always had a response/work schedule back to us within 3-4 days. So, I'm guessing they must be deciding how they are going to respond to this situation. Anyway, we still would like to get the house looked at by an expert such as a structural engineer. So, if anyone knows of a good one in the Phoenix area please let me know! Thanks!!
  11. Chris....WOW, you are awesome..If only we had used someone like you from the beginning I doubt I would be sitting here spending hours each day on-line researching what we should do. I guess the main reason I mentioned getting an attorney now would be because they would have the experience in writing these formal complaints. My biggest fear is that we would attempt this on our own only to have the builder come back and use something we wrote against us later on. This is the reason why we have yet to contact the AZ ROC, simply because I want to make sure the complain is properly phrased, e
  12. Hey Guys... Again I definitely appreciate all your responses. So, I did confirm today that the walkway leading to the frontdoor is also on a post-tension slab, as of course is the garage. The main thing we are upset with is the fact that our home is the only house in our entire subdivision that has this problem. I counted today 15 exact models of our home and ZERO had this problem. The grading all looked exactly like what I showed you in the last picture of another house. I am by no means a lawyer but based on everything I've read wouldn't this be considered a construction defect?
  13. Hi Randy Thanks for your response. The only reason I use the term "trip hazard" was because that's how our inspector noted it in his resport and when I looked up the codes on-line they define a trip hazard as any "vertical displacement between any two adjacent slabs". And truth be told, if you are walking from the far side of the driveway up to the front door, you can easily trip over the difference in elevations. I've included a picture here of what all the other similar models look like and you can see the difference in pretty obvious. We were actually told by our builder that they c
  14. Hello.. We just had our 11-month inspection and though we have MANY problems with our home, I thought I would get some opinions on one of the major problems we have. By no means am I an expert, so please have some patience with me! Right after moving-in to our new home here in AZ, we noticed water was draining into our garage anytime it rained. So, we called our builder to have it fixed. They tore up 2 driveway slabs and re-poured the cement to attempt to eliminate the water leak. Well, the water no longer comes into our garage, however, it now ponds on the slabs anytime it rains. Wate
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