Home Improvement Violations

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," says Dunlap.

Dunlap called a different contractor for a second opinion who found a number of code violations.

"As far as the wires passing throught 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 controll where there would be electrical component or something like that, even electrical shock to the homeowner," says HVAC Contractor, Alan Winters.

Any new renovation work must meet current code at the time its performed. Code violations often involve electrical, plumbing, or structural issues that pose some sort of safety hazard. Ignoring a code violation could be a costly 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," says Angie's list, Angie Hicks.

Experts say if something is code when you put it in and the code changes, you don't have to bring it up to code.

"Codes are enforced to protect mainly the customer. That's the main thing for a code. It's also for the equipment manufacturers so there is no problem with the equipment so it last longer and you you can get your life out of it, things like this," says Winters.

Homeowners should also remember many insurance policies won't cover damage or loss to an area that is found to not be up to current code.

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