Molly English-Bowers Apr. 19, 2016, 8:37am


EDWARDSVILLE – Simmons Firm attorney Christopher Guinn and his wife are suing a construction company after water infiltration allegedly damaged their new Troy home.

Christopher R. Guinn and Mary Jo Guinn filed the suit April 4 in Madison County Circuit Court against Kevin M. Kahrig and Customary Construction LLC.

According to the complaint, the defendants constructed the Guinn's house in 2012. Then on Sept. 10, 2014, the parties closed on the contract and title to the home at 474 Tyler Drive in Troy. Shortly after the Guinns moved in, they claim they noticed evidence of water infiltration.

The Guinns retained a firm to inspect the house and on Feb. 22. The firm provided them with a report listing numerous defects in construction. The defects include improperly constructed exterior walls and deck, which has caused the water infiltration, leading to damage and the growth of mold.

The suit alleges the current condition of the house is a safety hazard. The plaintiffs claim they have been forced to live in a separate location, and will continue to do so until the defects are fixed.

The plaintiffs bring five counts against the defendants and seek judgment of an excess of $50,000 for each, plus court costs. They also seek a trial by jury. They are represented by Jason D. Johnson of HeplerBroom LLC in Edwardsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-443

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