SCHERTZ -- It’s not something you see every day in a new neighborhood: demolition crews taking down homes that are less than a few years old.
With months of complaints from some property owners about cracked foundations, cracked tile and walls separating, Pulte Homes said it had hired an independent engineer to examine some of Fairhaven’s troublesome houses back in July.
Two months later, in a letter to the community that came with the wrecking ball, the company said, computerized testing “found foundation issues at sufficient depth” at some locations.
Problems were so deep in the soil, Pulte said it decided to start over from scratch on at least two homes.
“What’s happening today should’ve happened a long time ago,” said Janet Ahmad, with the Homeowners for Better Building group.
Critics call it an admission of guilt--that the builder chose land that was unsuitable for homes, and that’s why problems plague the subdivision.
Ahmad added, “You have seven houses in a row and there’s only one that we don’t see cracks in. That’s shameful.”