4 Common DIY Building Code Violations

You’re off and running various home improvement tasks on your own so you can save some cash in the process. While you may believe yourself to be handy enough with power tools, you should avoid undertaking larger scale projects that require expertise and experience. When you take a new construction or renovation project into your hands you’re not only risking property damage and injuries, but also building code violations. It’s best you hire a general contractor to handle your project.. 

Understand that building codes are set guidelines, rules, and regulations that ensure your residential or commercial property is safe to live in. Failure to comply with these codes could result in fines and a costly tear-out. You may also be forced to redo your construction or renovation project. Here are common code violations that trip up many who go the DIY route. 

Starting a Construction Project without Proper Permits

The fact that you own the property doesn’t mean you can perform any renovation or construction you want without obtaining permits from the authorities. Failure to obtain appropriate permits means your project won’t likely comply to the set regulations. This is something that will come to haunt you in the end. You won’t have access to a building inspector and you risk penalization. You’ll be liable for any improper construction or installation as your insurance company won’t cover any damage or loss in case of any. 

Incorrectly Wiring Electricity

 Common wiring mistakes include splicing wires without a junction box, using the wrong size circuit, and missing a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). Electrical wiring can be life threatening if not handled correctly. It’s the most critical part of construction and requires the knowledge and experience of an expert.

Improper Bathroom Venting

Many don’t realize it’s a code violation when the bathroom venting fan vents into an enclosed space like the attic space. This will always result into all sorts of problems including mold growth and rotted wood. According to building codes, bathroom venting fans are supposed to be installed in such a way that they expel humid air to the outside into fresh air via a four-inch diameter vent pipe. 

Misplaced Smoke Alarms

Yes, you need to install smoke alarms in your home. But, do you know where you’re supposed to place them? You can’t just put smoke alarms anywhere. You should install a smoke alarm on each level of your home and outside each of the bedrooms, according to building codes. Note that these are critical life-saving devices and should be given enough space away from air ducts and lighting features. They are the best protection anyone can have in their home in the event of a fire. Hiring a professional will ensure the proper installation of smoke alarms in your home so they meet the current requirements. 

If you’re undertaking a larger project, consider hiring a qualified general contractor. General contractors have the expertise and experience and will ensure your construction or renovation complies with all the building codes. Handling complicated jobs by yourself could end up costing you a lot more.