Construction defects can significantly affect the value and safety of your property. If you’re looking to purchase or sell commercial real estate, it’s crucial that your property doesn’t have any problems.
There are many forms of construction defects, and each has its own dangers. Electrical defects are some of the most troubling as they can severely impact all the tenants in your property.
Common types of electrical defects
Undetected electrical defects can lead to severe consequences, including electrical fires, which can cause significant damage to your property. Electrical faults pose a risk to anyone living or working in your building as well. Electrical defects may be a result of faulty materials or implementation. Here are a few common types of electrical problems that may arise:
- Unprotected wiring – Without proper covering, wires can become damaged due to harsh elements such as the weather, or from tampering. Damaged wires may not function correctly and therefore cause issues with your appliances and electricity.
- Insecure wiring – Wiring should attach securely around the property to ensure functionality. However, if the wires were stapled down too tightly, they can become damaged. Insecure wiring can lead to electrical fires.
- Wiring size – The size and type of wires are crucial when constructing a property. Incorrect sizing might mean the wire is incapable of handling the amount of power running through the wire. This can cause overheating and affect the lighting or appliances in your property.
- Electric connections – Your property might have the right wires set up, but if they’re not placed securely with a connector, they can cause severe damage.
Pursuing legal action
Electrical defects are a serious concern. If you notice flickering lights, overheated wires, power surges, or failing electrical appliances during the construction of your property or in the aftermath, you may have an electrical defect.
These kinds of defects can be the result of poor architectural designs, defective materials, or by workers who implemented the wires incorrectly. If you suspect an electrical defect, it’s best not to fix the error yourself. Instead, you should talk to an experienced electrician and consult with an attorney who understands the legal complexities of construction defects.
An attorney can help determine if the electrical problems you’re facing are the fault of negligent construction work. You might be eligible for legal action and receive compensation to cover the damages and repairs.