PLEASE NOTE: Due to the recent effects of the COVID-19, we are offering clients and prospective clients the ability to meet with us via telephone and/or video conferencing. It is important to us to continue to assist you in any way we can. Please do not hesitate to call our office and let our family help yours.

Dickman Law Firm Knowledge, Experience, Dedication

For Your Free Consultation 
Se Habla Español

As a result of Hurricane Ian, our office is experiencing technical difficulties with our phone lines. Until further notice please contact 239-691-9677 or 305-299-0881 or email us directly for assistance. Thank you.

Let Our Family Help Yours

Let Our Family Help Yours

Let Our Family Help Yours

  

Let Our Family Help Yours

3 common building code violations

On Behalf of | Jul 7, 2022 | Construction Law | 0 comments

If a construction company cuts corners when building a new structure, it can result in conditions that are unsafe for building occupants. Building codes are in place to set standards for construction and avoid unsafe conditions.

The existence of building codes may cut down on unsafe conditions, but it does not prevent them entirely. U.S. News and World Report describes some code violations that are unfortunately common.

1. Improper flashing around windows and doors

Flashing is a waterproof material installed around doors and windows. Its purpose is to prevent water from leaking inside. If moisture gets in due to improper flashing, it can promote mold growth, which carries with it risks of health problems.

2. Electrical problems

One problem that may arise when renovating older buildings is a lack of GFCI receptacles in outlets near a water source, which are common in bathrooms and kitchens. The GFCI receptacle prevents a short circuit in the event that water comes in contact with the outlet. Other code violations regarding the electrical system include labeling circuits improperly and issues with bonding or grounding.

3. Safety features

Buildings and structures should have multiple exits by which occupants can escape during a fire. That way, if one exit becomes blocked, they can use another. The ability to escape a building during a fire is egress, and a lack of fire egress is a major code violation. Other building code violations related to safety include smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors that are inadequate or missing.

Failure to comply with building codes can result in fines and other penalties.