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Posted on: April 28, 2017

Having Your Roof Replaced? Make Sure Ventilation Pipes are Properly Reinstalled

Ventilation Pipes

Many homes in Highland Village sustained roof damage due to the recent hail storm events. City ordinance requires roofing contractors be registered with the City and permits are required for roof replacements. Completed projects are starting to come in for inspection requests.

As City staff is inspecting completed projects, they are finding many water heater and furnace flue vent pipes have not been properly reinstalled. In fact, 20% of the inspections conducted to date have failed because of this issue. Every resident must make sure their roofing contractor has properly re-connected the vent pipes. If a vent pipe is not properly connected, carbon monoxide will build up inside the home. Breathing in carbon monoxide (a colorless/odorless gas) can cause a person to pass out or, in extreme cases, cause death.

Homeowners are urged to talk to their roofing contractor about properly re-installing and connecting ventilation flue pipes. If the roofing contractor does not do this, the homeowner will have to contract with a plumber or HVAC technician to provide the service in order for the project to pass City inspection and ensure the safety of the occupants of the home.

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