847-832-0700 1946-D Lehigh Ave
Glenview, IL 60026

Code Violation Corrections

Code Violation Corrections

The national electrical code as of 2017 the last version of the code available is 874 pages. The National Fire Protective Association that is responsible for the code brings out a new version every 3 years. The next version will come out in 2020. In addition to the National Electrical Code many municipalities have additional requirements. All this means that there are many codes that can be violated. Some code violations are very egregious and dangerous. Others are less dangerous but violations nonetheless.

How do we get requests for code violations?

  • 1.) The homeowner wants to sell the property and there is an inspection by a Home inspector.
  • 2.) One of our electricians is doing service work on the property and runs across it.
  • 3.) The municipality does an inspection for whatever reason. Some municipalities do regular fire inspections of commercial buildings and sometimes they find violations.
  • 4.) A new homeowner wants to upgrade some portion of the new property and in the course of doing the remodeling work we discover the violations.

In case number one where there is going to be a real estate transaction we will do an estimate to repair the violations but we charge for the estimate. This is because so many people have called over the years making us think they may actually do the work when all they want is a negotiating tool as the buyer or seller of the property. If the homeowner does in fact do the work with Current Electrical Contractors then we put the price of the estimate towards the work that is actually done.

In case number 2 where our electrician finds a problem while doing service work if the violation is not that difficult to repair our electrician will point the situation out to the customer and let them know that this should be repaired and will be an additional cost to the invoice.

In case number 3 above where the municipality has done an inspection we can normally give a detailed estimate of what the repairs will entail and the customer can decide what they want to do.

In case number 4 above where our electricians are working on an estimate that has been given to the customer or a general contractor we need to come out to the project and estimate what extra charges there will be to repair the violations. Simple violations can be very easy to repair. Changing a regular outlet that is in a wet location to a GFI outlet is simple and relatively inexpensive.

In two cases recently in Chicago we have had a contract to do some remodeling in condominiums that had just been recently purchased. In both cases we were just going to do some cosmetic remodeling. Add light fixture, recessed lighting, dimmers, change wet location outlets to GFI and add outlets for wall hung televisions etc. Each of these condominiums had been wired by unscrupulous general contractors who had taken advantage of the unfortunate home buyers. The electrical work was abhorrent and dangerous. We were forced to basically rewire both apartments at great expense to both homeowners. There are lawsuits going on now in both of these situations.

We recommend to people buying a new home to be very wary of any electrical remodeling that was done by the homeowner or an unscrupulous general contractor who does not hire professionals.

We try to only recommend code violation repairs for violations that we feel are dangerous. There is a code now that says that you need a switch at both entries to a room. We don’t see that as a dangerous situation. A dangerous situation is wiring with no ground wire for protection or non GFI outlets near sinks or outside where people could actually get electrocuted. We consider the switch at each entry to the room as more of a convenience than a danger.

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