not up to code electrical work exposed while replacing drywall due to slab leak. can't put walls back until corrected. will my insurance cover this?

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Insurance Question from Tustin, CA

Asked on 06/15/2018

not up to code electrical work exposed while replacing drywall due to slab leak. can't put walls back until corrected. will my insurance cover this? insurance coverage of dangerous electrical conditions exposed during repair for slab leak

Answer given on June 18, 2018

Homeowner insurance covers damages caused by a direct physical loss to your home..  Improper construction is not one of the causes. Unless the electrical work caused a loss such as a fire the homeowner insurance will not cover the electrical work that was improperly installed. Even a home inspection would probably not find this as inspectors do not go inside the walls to look for defects.

Since the problem has been detected, the city or county will require the work to be performed to fix the problem, and your insurance company will also require the work or they may cancel your insurance due to the increased exposure to a fire.  You could attempt to go back to the seller, if you recently purchased the home, but it is possible they did not know of the problem and therefore would not have any liability to fix the problem.

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