Construction defects often include issues with the fire suppression system and mechanical systems in a building. Indications of such defects often materialize early on as small drips of water, rust, noises or temperature complaints. It is important to know that while these symptoms are often viewed as minor annoyances to be repaired, they can trigger the two-year statute of limitations. Unfortunately, the triggering of that statute can result in a claim being barred once the significant issues are discovered. This can be financially catastrophic for a building or property owner given the importance of these systems in a building and the exceptionally high cost of repair or replacement.
Several of Hearn & Fleener's cases have focused on fire sprinkler, elevator and mechanical system defects. Based on the higher potential of such claims being legally time-barred, it is important that these issues be addressed proactively and before it’s too late. It is highly recommended that all mechanical elements and fire suppression systems be evaluated thoroughly once a building is turned over to owner control or at the first sign of a potential problem.