Basement floods prompt homeowners to sue contractor and concrete company

By Robert Hadley | Sep 28, 2015

A Skokie husband and wife are suing a Cook County contractor for breach of contract in a dispute over the construction of a new home’s foundation and other issues with the residence.

Barry and Lisa Sorkin filed a claim Sept. 21 in Cook County Circuit Court, Law Division against Viorel Cordos and Duran Concrete Inc. alleging breach of contract, negligence and fraud.

According to the claim, the Sorkins hired Cordos to build a house on property they owned in Skokie. As general contractor, Cordos hired Duran Concrete to build the home’s foundation and install basement waterproofing. After moving into the house, the plaintiffs have allegedly experienced significant water seepage and flooding three times in 2014 and 2015. Subsequent investigations have allegedly shown no waterproof membrane was used on the foundation and that proper drains were not installed on the property. These defects have forced the plaintiffs to make significant repairs.

The complaint also states that the Sorkins have also encountered a defective roof, improperly pitched landscaping and other issues with the house.

The Sorkins are seeking a jury trial, litigation costs and damages of more than $50,000. Attorney Mark D. Roth of the Chicago firm Orum & Roth LLC is representing the plaintiff.

Cook County Circuit Court, Law Division case number 2015-L-009622.

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