Imagine you built a school back in 2005. Years go by. Now the school district sues you for moisture intrusion. But it's important to understand that the 10-year statute of limitations may not start to tick until the injured party has reason to believe it has been damaged. In other words, defective construction that a reasonable person would not detect for a while does not start the statute of limitations clock ticking until something occurs to give the owner reason to believe there may be defective work.