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Expensive lesson for home owner

To the Times of Ti: My son, who lives in Crown Point, recently had an addition built on his home. Shortly after completion, the cellar floor started collecting water. My son called the contractor to fix the problem. He refused. The Crown Point code officer for construction was called. He told my son that because he was not called by the contractor to inspect a proper drainage system around the cellar, that there was nothing he could do. The code officer told my son that it is ultimately the homeowners responsibility to ensure code adherence, not the contractors. Now the proper drainage system must be constructed at my sons additional expense. One would have thought that the contractor would, in the course of normal business, automatically have done this. Its what you pay him to do, know the building codes and abide by them. You would think this is not a homeowners duty or a subcontractors duty, but the contractor himself. Most contractors are hard-working professionals, who build up your trust by the work they do, not tear it down. Think of this, how would you feel after the new construction to your house that every morning you had to push the water with a squeegee to the drain pipe in your cellar floor. Its a lesson expensively learned. Dan Ryan
East Middlebury, Vt.

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