As city staff inspects completed roofing projects, they are finding many water heater and furnace flue vent pipes have not been properly installed. In fact, 20-percent 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,” stated a press release from the city.
“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 inspection and ensure the safety of the occupants of the home.”