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The owner of a townhouse has a water problem into the
basement of the house, and is trying to resolve it with
the builder. The neighbor next door who bought his
townhouse from the same builder is a civil/structural
engineer. Is there any conflict of interest or liability
issues involved, in the event that the civil/structural
engineer look at his neighbor problem and advise the
owner with the water problem. How much the
civil/structural engineer should or should not get
involved with the problem, but Advise his neighbor to
engage another engineer.
Any comments and Suggestions are appreciated.
Pedro R. Muñoz, Ph.D., P.E.
PRM Engineering
PRMEng(--nospam--at)att.net