New Furnace Inspections in the City of Madison Improving

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Real Estate Agent with The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI 53123-94

More Furnaces Being Inspected In Madison - Some Safety Inspections Weren't Happening

Inspired by  Maureen McCabe with her Furnace Friday posts. They are consistantly valuable and very informative.  Take a look at her archived posts for much pertinent information.

Sixty-one of 70 Madison homeowners contacted by WISC-TV said that after their new furnace was installed, the city did not follow up with an inspection. Furnace graphic from MSN- graphic submitted by Barbara Chatterton Middleton WI Realtor

Last month, WISC-TV found that Madison building inspectors are lax when it comes to checking on newly installed replacement furnaces in houses across the city. Sixty-one of 70 Madison homeowners contacted by WISC-TV said that after their new furnace was installed, the city did not follow up with an inspection,

Here is the rest of the story from Channel 3000:

Homeowners who had furnaces installed even more than a year ago who never received an inspection are getting calls from city staff and having important safety checks made. 

"What we need to do is follow up more fastidiously with the installers to make sure they do that, and George (Hank) has put a program in place to get that done," said Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. 

The city said it's also working on putting together a training session with contractors to get everyone up to speed. Hank said that since the story ran, more contractors are letting them know work is ready for inspection

A representative for the mayor said the city will now be sending a letter to homeowners with open permits, asking them to demand an inspection be done before they make final payment on the work. 

The furnace in Steve Bruns' north side home is running smoothly. 

"If the story wouldn't have aired, I don't think (the inspectors) would have come out," Bruns said. 

But a city of Madison inspector did find violations, just days after Bruns appeared in WISC-TV's story saying he was never contacted by an inspector.

Furnace inspector graphic from MSN- graphic submitted by Barbara Chatterton Middleton WI Realtor "The piping was installed too close to the vent that is on top of the water heater," Bruns said. 

The problems were minor, and his contractor came back to fix them for free. 

"But nonetheless they did find something wrong," Bruns said. 

Per city ordinance, contractors must contact the city to say the work is complete. WISC-TV found that wasn't happening but also that building inspection officials weren't following up with as many homeowners as they suggested.

 When asked whether the city was following up on them, George Hank, Madison Building Inspection director, said, "On a lot of them, I'd like to say most of them, but there are some that never get inspected." 

Since the report, things have changed. 

"What we need to do is follow up more fastidiously with the installers to make sure they do that, and George (Hank) has put a program in place to get that done," said Madison Mayor Dace Cieslewicz. 

 "If they find something that was wrongly installed, they're the people that can have it corrected and it could end up saving somebody's life, or saving somebody's home," Bruns said. 

The city said it's also working on putting together a training session with contractors to get everyone up to speed. Hank said that since the story ran, more contractors are letting them know work is ready for inspection,  Education and training will help keep this program on track.

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Comments (4)

Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate


Thanks for the mention.  I was just checking through my subscriptions quickly when my name popped out at me. 

oooh tomorrow is Furnace Friday again.

Mar 09, 2011 10:28 PM
Barbara Chatterton
The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI - Madison, WI
Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor

Thanks, Maureen-I selected Furnace Friday eve!  Enjoy your weekend.

Mar 10, 2011 03:12 AM
Scott Hayes
(512) 786-8300 - Austin, TX
Realty Austin, Broker Associate

Some real good localism stuff here Barbara.

Mar 12, 2011 04:34 AM
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Barbara  The furnace stories are scary - homeowners have to make vertain furnaces meet code.  Excellent localism post aleting the citizens of Madison

Mar 23, 2011 02:29 AM

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