I live in Philadelphia PA. My house was built in 08 by a developer. I bought the house in May of 09 and moved in in June. There were no problems when we first moved in...now we're drowning in them.
The house in a 3 story row house build where an old house was torn down. I'm not sure if a new foundation was put in or if this house was built on the old foundation.
In Decemeber, I began to notice the dry wall tape where the interior walls would meet the ceiling begin to crack and peel. At first I thought nothing of it as the changes were subtle and small. At the end of December we had a massive snow storm and our roof leaked over the third floor bath room. At the same time, there was clear water damage to a second floor wall. (My neighbors both have 2 story houses). The roof leak continued for months when roofer after roofer offered up different suggestions. Out of pocket, I had the roof resealed and some of the stucco patched.
In late Feb/March, the cracking had become even more extensive and the leak was continuing. I got in touch with the developer who came out with a dry wall construction guy and a roofer. The roofer finally came last week and resealed all my stack pipes and installed essentially what was missing flashing on 2 sides. The developer paid for this.
The roof leak seems to have stopped. However this cracking problem seems to only be getting worse. I suspect that there is something really wrong with the way the walls were constructed. I'm not noticing cracks on the second floor and the bathroom door and that floor is having a hard time shutting now. Also the caulking on the internal aspect of the windows of the 3rd floor are now all separated leaving cracks and spaces between the well and the window.
I've heard the term truss uplift alot and wonder if that's my problem. I have a flat rubber roof so I'm not sure if that applies.
These are pictures of my ceiling
I got a very unhelpful home warranty from the developer but no actually new construction warranty to cover material and construction defects. This was clearly my error.
The developer basically wants to send someone in to do some dry wall patching here and there but no actual fixes to the joists or substance of the wall or ceiling. I'm extremely hesitant to do this.
My questions now are:
1.) What is this problem I'm dealing with?
2.) Though the developer did not build the house themselves, they certainly hired the contractors who did - thus should they have gotten a warranty from the contractors and if so who's responsible for all these problems?
3.) Should I get a structural engineer out here to tell me exactly what's wrong?
4.) How much trouble am I in with all this?
HELP!!! I'm in the medical field so all of this is new to me. This was my first house and frankly has sort of turned my life into a nightmare.