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Question DetailsAsked on 10/16/2017

what is proper compensation from roofer who blocked furnace vent causing furnace failiure and co2 in house?

roofer didnt attach vent cap on new roof correctly causing water heater and furnace to vent into house. because of that my furnace stopped working, had to have a service call out and it turns out the circuit board fried because it wasnt being vented. they causes a very dangerous situation in my house, what is proper compensation considering there was 7 people in the house that could have died?

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Would have to be able to prove it was his fault - unless a cap was left on the top or shrinkwrap left on the ducting or it had an illegal (for furnaces) flapper type hood or such on it which stuck shut (the reason they are illegal on combustion device flues), I wonder how this was related to the cap installation. But anyway, if able to prove it was his fault then he should pay all the costs of repairing the furnace and fixing the cap - though normally thbis is something he would want to arrange to have done himself rather than pay for another person to do, but if his installation was in violation of code you might have been justified in going to another vendor to diagnose the issue and repair it.

As for the gas (and I presume you mean CO (carbon monoxide) as more the concern than CO2 (carbon dioxide) short of a lawsuit expecting any compensation for that, unless there was a fire department call or medical costs involved, I would not expect to be able to recover anything from him. Though is you got an attorney involved he might be able to work a settlement with him or with the contractor's insurance company in lieu of going through a trial - but unless there was decumented medical consequences that would be throwing the dice.

Of course, when all is said and done (and with attorneys vetting if you use an attorney so you don't violagte any settlement terms), sounds like an appropriate Review would be in order on the roofer.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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