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In 1994, Adrianus and Rachelle Alkemade (the Alkemades) bought a house from Meltebeke Built Paradise Homes (Meltebeke). The home was built on expanding soils, causing significant structural damage. Meltebeke repaired the existing damage and hired an engineering firm to install a helical pier foundation, which would have prevented any further damage to the home. However, the helical pier foundation was also installed negligently, afflicting the home with the same type of structural damage as before.