Construction defects can Occur
June 1, 2018
Construction defects can occur in multiple areas of your house, condo, or townhome, including the exterior. Since there is such a wide range of construction defects it is sometime difficult to determine whether or not the building issues you are experiencing are in fact construction defects or just simply a necessary repair. How do you know if your issues are from a construction defect and why does it matter?
If the cause of the building issue is not from your negligence but from the negligence of the builder, developer, contractor, or any other professional involved in the construction of your house, any one of them or all of them may be responsible for the cost of repairs.
One root of these building issues can be fireplaces. You may have an issue with insufficient clearances between fireplaces and combustible materials and/or missing or incomplete installation of firestops between floors.
Insufficient Clearances between Fireplaces and Combustible Materials
Insufficient clearances between fireplaces and combustible materials can be a serious construction defect. The construction, placement, chosen material, and other aspects of fireplaces have to adhere to certain regulations and building codes. These regulations and building codes are in place to look out for the safety of the inhabitants of a building. They can be strict but they do serve a public purpose. Not being compliant with these restrictions can result in a hazardous situation. Insufficient clearances between fireplaces and combustible materials are fire hazards.
Use of Non-Approved Decorative Chimney Terminations
Use of non-approved decorative chimney terminations is a common problem that many homeowners may have, unbeknownst to them. A construction defect like this may only become evident to a homeowner when there are some obvious issues, such as excessive smoke collection or when the fire cannot escape and/or have room to breathe. If you are having issues with the functioning of your fireplace and chimney you may need to verify that use of non-approved decorative chimney terminations is not the issue.