Though code violations throughout your home can vary with regards to seriousness, the best practice is often to get them taken care of as soon as you find out about them. There are many reasons for this, starting with the fact that areas of your home that are not up to code can often be hazardous to you and your family. This is especially true with electrical code violations, which may leave you more vulnerable to having a fire in your home. That’s why any time you think there may be a code violation, it is a good idea to have an experienced Sacramento remodeling contractor come out and take a look for you. They will be able to find the violation and tell you how they can fix it in a prompt manner.
In addition to safety issues, code violations present other problems that make taking care of them right away even more important. For starters, did you know that many home insurance policies won’t cover damage or loss to an area that is deemed to have been not up to code at the time of the incident. As you know, that could cost you thousands of dollars, an expense that could be easily avoided by fixing the code violation in a timely manner. In addition, you may also face fines from your neighborhood or municipality if they find out that your home isn’t up to code and you are not actively doing anything about it. That’s why if you think there is a code issue at your home, you should make plans to get in touch with a Sacramento remodeling contractor as soon as possible.
To learn more about why you should fix your home’s code violations now, please take a look at the video below:
To talk to a Sacramento remodeling contractor about your possible code issues, please contact Russ Johnson Construction here.
SACRAMENTO REMODELING CONTRACTOR VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
TITLE: Why You Should Fix Your Home’s Code Violation Now
NARRATION: It didn’t take long for homeowner Maureen Dunlap to figure out something was wrong after having a new furnace installed.
It was held together with some duct tape or furnace tape and a flimsy board. And when the furnace came on, the walls would suck in. And I knew that wasn’t right.
So, Dunlap called a different contractor for a second opinion, who found a number of code violations.
As far as the wires passing through the cabinet, what can happen there is the wire can rub into the metal and short out. That can cause a potential fire, it can cause a loss of control where there would be electrical component or something like that, even electrical shock to the homeowner.
Any new renovation work must meet current code at the time it is performed. Code violations often involve electrical, plumbing, or structural issues that pose some sort of safety hazard.
If you ignore code violations in your home, you might find that you face financial fines as well as legal ramifications, so it’s really important that you bring things up to code when you discover them.
The most common code violations we normally find is breakers are too large for the appliance that they are serving. In some cases, the wiring is not sized properly and a breaker is a point of contact so if something goes wrong that’s supposed to give out first to protect the home, protect the equipment and everything. If you have a breaker that is too large, what is going to happen is something else is going to give and that could be a potential fire.
If something is code when you put it in and then code changes, you don’t have to bring it up to code, though it might still be a good idea to from a safety standpoint. Also, many homeowners’ insurance policies won’t cover damage or loss to an area that is found to not be up to the current code if that area is supposed to be. So read your policy and talk to your agent.