JANUARY 6, 1997
King County to provide free building inspections
King County will provide free safety inspections of existing buildings in unincorporated King County when there is concern about a building's stability due to recent storms. The Department of Development and Environmental Services is also giving first priority to processing permits needed for repairs of damage caused by the recent snow, freezing rain, and rainstorms.
Most buildings in King County are designed to withstand 25 pounds of snow per square foot of roof, officials said. Buildings at elevations above 500 feet are often designed for greater snow loads.
Unusually high accumulations of snow, ice, and rain caused some roofs to overload and collapse throughout the Puget Sound area. Clogged drain pipes sometimes contribute to the stress on roofs by causing large amounts of water to stand on roofs. Without taking any risks, the best measure to reduce stress on your roof is to clear downspouts and roof drains.
Call 296-6630 if you live in unincorporated King County and have questions about the structural safety of your building due to damage from recent storms. Call 296-1900 with concerns about localized flooding that is not road-related, and call 296-8100 about road-related drainage or flooding.