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Update: Disabled Veteran's Home Brought Up To Code

Inspectors found serious plumbing and electrical issues in a veteran's home, but he is now sleeping easier thanks to the kindness of others.

“We got water dripping." The plumbing cavalry arrived at 45th and Charles in Omaha to help a disabled Army veteran surrounded by code violations. “We got the shower head where it’s threaded in, there's a threaded and solder joint up there, either one is cracked,” said master plumber Marty Anderson.

Dmytro Smith purchased a house remodeled by someone who didn't get permits. “You got water coming down there with electricity, that's certainly a concern,” said chief city inspector Jay Davis. Two weeks ago, city inspectors found plumbing and electrical problems. “When they start to do these to turn them over for a profit, they need to be following the rules as well.”

After a Fact Finders investigation aired, ServiceOne volunteered a master plumber and an electrician. Thanks to free work by the ServiceOne plumber, this was the last time this disabled vet will find a puddle of water seeping from his shower into his garage.

The retired serviceman was briefed by ServiceOne vice president Jeff Churchill. “We're going to take care of you and get you up to code, so it’s safe and everything is working.”

That was welcome news for the disabled vet who couldn't afford to make the repairs himself. “This is a heavy load off my shoulders that I do have someone to help me, to work with me, to get everything straightened out.”

Serving in Iraq, Sgt Smith would count on reinforcements and he's thankful for the repair mission that will make him feel safe at home.

Fact Finders left a message for the previous owner. We will let you know if the call is returned.

Channel 6 News has made it easy for home buyers to see if permits have been pulled. Click here for permit info.


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