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City inspectors tackle backlog of Amarillo roofing inspections

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Amarillo, TX - Officials with the City of Amarillo are finding themselves knee deep in a backlog of roofing inspections.

NewsChannel 10 first reported a story when inspectors began finding a large number of homes that had been recently re-roofed with ventilation issues, something that can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning for those living in that home. But inspectors may not be catching those hazards as quickly as they would like just because of the sheer number of inspections that keep piling up.

  "I think about two months after the storm," said Amarillo home owner Mark Boynton as he thought back to when he had his roof repaired.

But even several more months passed since Boynton had his roof repaired before it made it on the list to be inspected by City Building Safety officials. Turns out, he's one of many.

"As of this morning, there was about 115 roofing inspections alone," said Chief Plumbing/Mechanical/Irrigation Inspector for the City of Amarillo's Department of Building Safety.

Divide that by only 22 inspectors and each employee is left with a hefty workload way bigger than normal.

"Sometimes you have to operate in crisis mode and you have to do what you have to do to get the job done," said Anderson. "Try to take care of our citizens and that's what we're doing right now."

The vents in Boynton's attic checked out just fine but when inspectors checked the vents on the base of his hot water heater, they actually found a small crack. Because it was minor, the inspector was able to fix it on the spot. Something they said is still important because even a small leak like that one can cause concern.

"That's why people get CO poisoning and possibly death," explained Anderson. "Definitely sickness and other things."

Which is why many inspectors are working overtime, nights and weekends to check carbon monoxide alarms and vents both in and outside each home. Fixing what they can and alerting homeowners about the rest.

"If it's very difficult, I'll tell them they have to hire a contractor like a plumber of HVAC guy to help them out," said Anderson. 

      If you've had your roof redone but haven't had it inspected yet, it's a good idea to go ahead and check the vents on any fuel-fired appliances in your home. If they're badly damaged, don't run the appliance until you've contacted the city or a contractor.

 

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