Follow the rules or risk paying the price, that's especially true when planning a home improvement project. And whether it's big or small, those at Angie's List want you to know how to make sure all your work is being done properly, so your hard work doesn't cost you.
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," Dunlap said. "And when the furnace came on, the walls would suck in. And I knew that wasn't right."
Dunlap called a different contractor, 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," Alan Winters, HVAC Contractor, says. "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's performed. Code violations often involve electrical, plumbing, or structural issues that pose some sort of safety hazard. And ignoring a code violation could be an expensive mistake.
If you ignore code violations in your home you might find that you face financial fines as well as legal ramifications. It's really important that you bring things up to code when you discover them
Many contractors offer code violation inspections and correction work. You can also contact your local code enforcement agency to find out whether you have any issues.
Many homeowners insurance polices won't cover damage or loss to an area that's found not to be up to code. So be sure to read your policy carefully and talk to your agent.
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