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Homeowner still suffering dizzying effects of Chinese dry wall

Failed inspection notice (FOX 8 Photo) Failed inspection notice (FOX 8 Photo)
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A homeowner in Lakeview is still dealing with the dizzying effects of Chinese drywall after problems with remediation of her home arose last month.

Jody Ferchaud is part of a class-action settlement that is paying to remove the hazardous Chinese drywall and rehabilitate her home, but she claims the court appointed contractor, Moss Construction, isn't living up to their end of the deal.

"They had a third-party inspector sign off on it- that they had met the deeds of their contract," Ferchaud said.

But Ferchaud wasn't satisfied with the inspection, so she found her own experts to look over her property.

"I engaged Mr. Flettrich, who is a mechanical engineer and his brother who is an HVAC expert, to do a thorough inspection of what was installed and everything was substandard, it didn't meet code," Ferchaud said.

"There are issues that we discovered, put in a report format, she gave that to the contractor and it seems to be some resistance to getting things done with the contractor," David Flettrich, Ferchaud's mechanical engineer, said.

Flettrich found problems with the electrical wiring in the house and pointed out code violations with the air conditioning installation.

"The 2009 code requires that all equipment has to have adequate service space to be serviced by a service technician or a homeowner who happens to go in the attic, and that's a safety issue and as you can see, there is not adequate space, you actually have to climb over the equipment to get back to the air conditioner," Flettrich said.

Ferchaud asked the city's inspectors to come out and have a look for themselves and after their initial inspection last week, an inspector for the city failed the property based on faulty wiring.

That's when FOX 8 started asking questions to Moss Construction, who responded earlier this week in an email.

"Over the course of the weekend and as early as [Monday] morning, Moss has been communication (sp) with the Special Master, our project superintendent, subcontractors, and the city inspector's office. If and when we are provided sufficient access to the home, we will be glad to remedy any electrical and mechanical items under the terms of the dry wall remediation program and in accordance with the applicable codes," Phil Adams, of Moss Construction, said in a statement.

Now Ferchaud hopes the promise from Moss paired with the city's failed inspection of her property will motivate the construction company to move quickly to finally remediate her home.

"The city will hold Moss's feet to the fire to comply with code, I could put a hundred reports in front of Moss and I couldn't move them, but they must comply with city code," said Ferchaud.

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