TPS to inspect several roofs after winter leaksWritten by Emily Gibb | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo Public Schools is inspecting the repairs needed to fix leaking roofs at Bowsher High School, Leverette Middle School and East Broadway Middle School.
Lisa Sobecki, vice president of the TPS Board of Education, said that even though these are newer schools, the leaks could have happened to any roof, regardless of its age.
When the snow and ice began accumulating on the roof, then thawing and then freezing over again, water was able to seep underneath the shingles and freeze — causing the leaks once it began to thaw again, Sobecki said.
She said that the district is communicating with the schools to let them know the process that will be used to fix the problems.
The board is stepping lightly so it can ensure that it is not spending unnecessary money because many parts of the buildings are still under warranty, Sobecki said. The district wants to avoid doing its own patch repairs and then finding out it voided the warranty.
“We want to make sure that if there’s any repair work that we do that it falls under warranty specifications,” Sobecki said. “We’re taking precautions so we don’t jeopardize further repairs and dollars.”
Sobecki said that the district is also up against the weather. The district has not have not wanted to send people up to the roof with the wind and rain during the last few weeks.
TPS’ construction manager, The Lathrop Company, inspected the roofs to assess and advise the board as to what needs to be done, but the board has to wait until the manufacturer for each roof looks at what it will replace before TPS can estimate the total cost of repairing the three schools, said Jim Gant, TPS business manager.
“We can do some general patching, but I don’t even know what we need to do to fix it until they take a look at it,” Gant said.
Enough repairs were completed when TPS initially noticed the leaks so it have not had any problems with it since the brunt of winter ended, Gant said.
So far, no permanent damage to property inside the schools has been reported, Gant and Sobecki said.
But the board isn’t only dealing with roof issues in the district’s newer buildings.
Even though TPS knew about HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) problems at another newer building, Rosa Parks Elementary, earlier in the year, it was unable to take any action until the ground thawed because some of the problematic HVAC lines run underground, Gant said.
Those repairs are to be completed within the next few weeks, he said.