What are common housing code infractions?

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Construction Code Violations |

Contractors and construction workers must ensure that they follow the housing code when completing their tasks. Violations have legal consequences and may create unsafe living conditions for property owners.

If you’re working on a construction project, knowing the common violations should help you reduce the risks of errors. Here’s what you need to know.

Housing code violations

Electrical problems are one of the most common housing code infractions. These issues include the following errors:

  • Improper labeling of circuits
  • Grounding problems
  • Missing ground fault circuit interrupter (GCFI) receptacles
  • Bonding problems

Another common housing code violation is mechanical issues, such as improper appliance venting or inadequate combustion air. Wrong notching or boring of framing are also common mechanical errors that inspectors can note.

Mechanical problems can be critical since they can weaken the home’s structure. It may also lead to inefficient heating systems and result in fatal carbon monoxide gas production.

Inspectors also look for complications in plumbing. Nonprofessional plumbing work, such as missing nail plates and improper piping support can lead to leaks or breaks.

You should also be careful when constructing handrails. Missing and loose handrails are common infractions that inspectors are concerned about. Ensure they are correctly installed at the right height, and have adequate gripping surface to reduce the risk of slip-and-fall accidents.

Windows and doors should also have a waterproof layer to protect openings from considerable water damage. This layer also prevents moisture from entering the building, reducing the risk of mold growth.

The importance of following the housing code

New Jersey’s housing code helps preserve the quality of homes and promotes safety, accessibility and energy efficiency. By following the regulations, you ensure that you are building with the highest standards of quality and safety.

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