Burst Pipe Damage at Rental Property

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Focus Professionals, Inc. Rhode Island Real Estate

So now, as of yesterday, the work on the house mentioned in my previous post has been completed, to the tune of about $20,000 in repairs, and water damage remediation. Between electricians, plumbers, water damage crew, carpenters, sheet rockers, and painters, inspectors, and others, it was both a challenge to coordinate in a timely fashion, and to keep the costs down.

It took 12 days to dry the house out, using industrial refrigerator sized dehumidifiers. This while the plumbing and electrical work was being done. Then we had to sit and hurry up and wait. Of course, the electrical inspector only works 2 days a week, so we had delays there as well.

So overall the process to restore habitability to the house took about 1 month, all told. Considering the challenges of coordinating the contractors, this is not so bad.

We are now at the stage of filing insurance claims and reporting the invoices, and seeking reparations from the tenants.

We shall see how this goes.

If needed, I and my legal partners will persue as needed.

I will keep you all posted.


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Danny Thornton
R & D Art - Knoxville, TN
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Paul, having to deal with water damage is not a fun task.

Feb 05, 2009 03:48 PM #1
Paul Silver
Focus Professionals, Inc. Rhode Island Real Estate - Newport, RI
Rhode Island full service real estate firm

No Danny, it is not... but we are getting through it... thanks for the comment...

Feb 05, 2009 04:01 PM #2
Diane Rice
Diane Rice, Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - South Holland, IL

This is the part of property management that we dread!  We don't like spending the owners money, nor dealing with damages.  I'll have to read your previous post to get the details.  Give us a follow up when it's all done.

Feb 07, 2009 08:40 AM #3
Stella Barbour
NoVa Brokers LLC - Vienna, VA
Principal Broker, Serving Virginia and Maryland

I hope it all works out for you.  That is not easy.  I was putting a tenant into a house recently and when we got there to do the walk through the house was flooded.  So i know the feeling.

Feb 08, 2009 06:03 PM #4
Paul Silver
Focus Professionals, Inc. Rhode Island Real Estate - Newport, RI
Rhode Island full service real estate firm

Thanks Stella... we have the tenants back in the house... now to pursue collection of the back rent, as well as the costs of the repairs.

Feb 09, 2009 11:07 AM #5
Kat Malone
Charlestown, MA

Good luck! We had about three different apartment communities deal with that last month (one had six different buildings that had pipes burst) and they've been dealing with it non-stop. One of the companies presented the bill to the resident (who said they turned off their heat to save money... ::facepalm::) and the resident wants to take them to court. It's crazy. Hope it all works out! - Kat

Feb 12, 2009 02:41 PM #6
Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

What a nightmare. Hope it gets worked out. I would go after the insurance agent that advised against burst pipe coverage in an area that freezes. What happens if the furnace fails.

Apr 19, 2013 09:27 PM #7
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