Pipes Corroding and Have a Strange Discharge | My Lennar Home

Pipes Corroding and Have a Strange Discharge

After an odd inspection by the Lennar (formerly WCI Communities) – and even more odd response to a 558 by their outside legal –  I started to retrace all the things he was looking at under the sinks. I didn’t know what I was looking at or looking for – I just started taking pictures.

What I found were pipes that appeared much older than (at the time) two years old. I didn’t really know what I was seeing when I put all the pictures together but have since found a pattern of metal corrosion and rusting throughout my new Lennar home.

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All of the pipes – both in the main house and detached guest retreat above the garage – are discolored and show signs of metal corrosion and rusting. You can see screws that apparently had been there but have since just been ‘eaten’ away.

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Notice the discoloration of the pipes along with screws that appeared to be attached, but just seem to have corroded away in a short amount of time. This was taken just two years after closing on a new construction Lennar home.

 

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Although these are all different pipes, they all have the same appearance of discoloration, discharge, and metal corrosion. You can see where screws are falling out or have fallen out of the piping. This was taken just two years after closing on a new construction WCI Communities home (now Lennar) in the Westshore Yacht Club neighborhood.

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Signs of metal corrosion do not just appear under my sinks. They are throughout the house built by WCI/Lennar in 2013. Although Chinese drywall was originally suspected, the age of the house makes that unlikely.

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Another pipe in my Westshore Yacht Club home built by Lennar that shows signs of metal corrosion and discoloration.

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A discharge also comes from the pipes in a home built by Lennar (formerly WCI) in the Westshore Yacht Club neighborhood.

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A brownish/black discharge comes from my pipes in a new construction home at the Westshore Yacht Club.

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Here is a clump of some of the odd discharge from the piping in my Westshore Yacht Club home built by WCI (now Lennar).

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Clumps and flakes of a discharge from the pipes in a new construction home built by Lennar.

The metal corrosion is not just limited to the pipes under the sinks. Most of my appliances, including my dishwasher have long shown signs of metal corrosion and rusting. During a Lennar home inspection to walk through over 80 ongoing construction defects, the insides of my ceiling fans were observed to be rusted on the inside with no apparent signs of water damage around them.

Lennar Homes response to metal corrosion

Here is what Lennar indicates is causing the problem of metal corrosion throughout the house:

This is a calcium build up that can be corrected by using lemishine.

Here was my last response to that on the ongoing Lennar construction defects spreadsheet:

This is not accurate as it is happening in the microwave, oven and inside the fans that are now broken, including corroding and rusting of other metals including inside the dishwasher. Will look to see if this is tested by Environ.

While some of it might be a calcium build up, the extreme corrosion and discharge cannot be attributed alone to calcium buildup. What are some possible causes? It’s likely a multitude of problems, including a factory that was on the Westshore Yacht Club land that was never fully remediated, as well as the constant and ongoing air conditioner issues in the home that impact air quality.

There is a suspicion that a corrosive vapor from the ground is accumulating and escaping from the ground into the pipes. That would explain why much of the metal corrosion is found in more confined spaces. For example, the ceiling fans that are rusted and corroded on the inside (but show no signs of rusting on the outside) are in confined ceiling spaces that are exposed to wall piping.

Lennar’s Division President wanted to bring in an environmental company

Mark Metheny, Florida Division President of Lennar, wanted to conduct more inspections, as well as bring in an environmental company for initial inspections based on the metal corrosion throughout the house.

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Mark Metheny of Lennar wanted to bring in an environmental inspection company in addition to other home inspections based on the numerous construction issues and evidence of metal corrosion.

Here is the email that Mark sent to me.

I only heard from him once more in June indicating he would get back as soon as possible. The inspections never happened.

Here are the EPC findings on the land we call home at the Westshore Yacht Club.