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County Department of Permitting Services Extends Free Residential Deck Inspections

After two recent incidences of deck’s collapsing in Germantown, the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services is extending its free residential deck inspection service into the summer months.

To schedule a free deck inspection in Montgomery County, call 3-1-1 or 240-777-0311. Residents may request an inspection online by visiting the County’s website. Once the request has been received, the homeowner will be contacted by an inspector to schedule a time and date for the inspection.

“DPS offers free deck inspections to educate residents about deck safety,” said DPS Acting Director Hadi Mansouri. “We also offer a free Deck Maintenance Checklist on our website. However, if a homeowner is concerned about the condition of their deck or if it is showing sign of rot or disrepair - we recommend residents discontinue the use of the deck until it has been inspected and assessed structurally sound.”

Inspectors advise residents to thoroughly inspect their decks on a regular basis to keep the structure sound and to ensure its longevity. For more information, download the Deck Maintenance Checklist, which is posted as a reference guide on the County’s website.

On Saturday, June 8, more than 100 people suffered minor injuries when a deck collapsed during a birthday celebration at a townhouse in the 19300 block of Liberty Heights Lane. It was the second deck collapse in Germantown in two weeks, on Saturday, May 25 similar incident occurred on Perrone Drive. That incident sent three people to a local hospital suffering non-life threatening injuries.

DPS offers free deck inspections annually during Building Safety Month, which is celebrated during the month of May. Last month, inspectors scheduled 90 deck inspections around the County. Since the program began in 2009, DPS has completed a total of 671 deck maintenance inspections.

The free deck inspections are available to all Montgomery County residents - excluding those who live in the cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg because these municipalities have their own permitting departments.

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