Free Deck Inspections Offered By MOCO As Part Of Building Safety Month

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD — Residents of Montgomery County can sign up for a free deck inspection to ensure their home decks are safe and secure.

The free inspections are part of “Building Safety Month” in May and are offered by the Department of Permitting Services, according to a county news release.

“Our free, residential deck inspection program is designed to keep Montgomery County residents informed about deck maintenance and to help them and their guests stay safe,” said County Executive Marc Elrich in a news release. “These appointments take less than 15 minutes. We encourage County residents to take advantage of this opportunity and schedule a deck maintenance inspection so they can learn firsthand from our inspectors about the condition of their deck.”

Residents of Rockville and Gaithersburg are not eligible for the inspection because their cities have their own protools, according to the news release.

Residents of other areas who do want an inspection can call County’s central call system at MC311 or 240-777-0311 to set one up. They can also be scheduled on the DPS website by submitting a service request

“Once on site, an inspector will check the support structure of the deck, ledger attachment and the overall condition of the structure,” said Jim Sackett, DPS residential inspections manager. “Since the program began in 2009, more than 1,400 decks have been inspected as part of this program.”

County officials spoke of the importance of deck safety last summer when a Germantown deck collapsed, causing six people to go to the hospital. At the time, officials said it was likely that the deck was overcrowded.

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