Nobody at Lennar seemed to know what this issue was about after our first conference call to go through the inspection reports. Even though the dishwasher drain air gap is apparently required in many states, neither Mark Metheny nor Steve Smith knew what it was.
Here is the email I sent with information on what the dishwasher drainage line air gap was and why it was important.
According to the article I referenced from the StarTribune:
The high loop or air gap must be used to prevent potential backflow contamination of the dishwasher. Local plumbing codes generally dictate the requirements in your area.
Background and responses from the builder on the dishwasher drainage missing air gap issue
Here’s the summary of the issue from all of construction issues I keep in a spreadsheet.
*Note: For simplicity, the Lennar and WCI Communities names here are used interchangeably as Lennar took over WCI in February of 2017.
2013-2014 – First issues were reported to WCI. The initial responses were from Joel Fedora who is now a Vice President of Construction with Lennar.
Late-2014 – Towards the end of the year, I retained Amanda Buffinton (at the time a shareholder at Bush Ross) to start working the legal side of the issues, because nothing was getting resolved. The first Lennar in-house legal response happens around this time.
July 2015 – The case expands and WCI moves the case from in-house to outside legal. The outside legal responses are from this time.
September 2015 – Amanda Buffington files a 558 complaint against WCI/Lennar to start the process of filing a construction lawsuit.
October 2015 – Lennar’s outside legal sends a response to the 558 complaint. Their response was completely untrue. It’s the same attorney who provided the first outside legal response in July 2015.
Dishwasher drainage missing air gap description
Re-route the dishwasher drain line above the level of the sink drain to create an air gap preventing disposal debris from collecting in the line.
Original response to dishwasher drainage missing air gap issue from Joel Fedora
WCI will have a plumber address this issue.
Lennar in-house legal response to dishwasher drainage missing air gap issue
WCI will schedule RT Moore to complete this repair.
Amanda Buffinton legal response to Lennar about dishwasher drainage missing air gap issue
Buffinton response to Lennar outside legal (prior to filing the 558)
Resolved. Mr. Fannin reserves his rights.
Final WCI outside legal response to 558 complaint
WCI offered to resolve this item but the Homeowner canceled the repair.
Note: This is not true at all. See: WCI (Now Lennar Homes) Lied in Their Legal Response. Why?
Lennar executive’s response on 5/22/2017
No operational concern with dishwasher or drain. No action to be taken.
My note on the spreadsheet: Why was this changed?