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The International Property Maintenance Code Governs Existing Buildings

Part of a series explaining the various building codes that govern how we build houses to be safe and sanitary

The IPMC calls for all buildings to be maintained in the condition they were when they were given a Certificate of Occupancy. This maintenance applies to several aspects of the home including structural integrity, architectural fire and life safety, means of egress as well as sanitary facilities and conditions. Property conditions around the building such as environmental conditions including noxious weeds, proper drainage, rodent harborage and sanitation are regulated as well. Exhaust vents that discharge gasses, steam, vapors, hot air, grease and smoke are regulated to prevent entry into a premise.

Roof drainage, window and door condition, insect screens in habitable rooms, food preparation and service areas are also regulated. Flaking or peeling paint must be corrected to maintain the weather protection barrier and avoid water damage. Rubbish and garbage must be properly contained removed regularly. Refrigerator doors must be removed if stored on the premises. Also, light, sanitation, space heating, ventilation, and overcrowding are regulated similar to the IRC. Combustion products must be exhausted with a chimney or vent.

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