Cast Iron Pipe Damage Claims
If your house or commercial property was built before 1975 you are one of the more than 3.7 million residents living in Florida that are suffering from corroded cast iron pipes in their homes. These corroded cast iron pipes can cause costly leaks, massive flooding, hidden mold, infestations and plumbing backups.
Did your insurance company tell you they don’t cover insurance claims on broken or leaking cast iron pipes? You are not alone! We have clients who accounted for the once-a-month snaking cost of their cast iron pipes as a monthly utility bill.
Cast iron pipes can be compared to anything else that rots when in contact with moisture and bacteria. You are all familiar with cavities on your teeth. They are caused by the moisture of your mouth and bacteria from food that eat away at your enamel. Cast iron pipes that were installed in your home over fifty years ago also have that same recipe of moisture and bacteria. Decades of moisture have slowly caused many holes and cracks on your pipes. The plumber coming every week is just cleaning the areas where the rotting has settled and caused clogs in your pipes. Unfortunately, the plumber cannot get inside the pipe and put in a filling. Your only choice is to extract the section of the pipe that is rotted and attach a new piece of pipe to wherever they can find healthy enough cast iron to connect it.
Why Were Cast Iron Pipes Used?
Cast iron pipes were used due to their long life spans and durability. At the time of construction, the life expectancy of cast iron pipes was around 50 to 75 years depending on weather conditions. Although made out of durable material, these types of pipes will eventually deteriorate especially in a hot and humid Florida environment reducing their lifespan to 25 to 50 years.
Signs That Cast Iron Pipes Need Replacement
There are signs that you can look for to determine whether your pipes need to be replaced such as:
- Bad smell
- Tiles popping up
- Stained carpet
- Presence of roaches or rodents
- Clogged or slow drains
- Bubbles in the toilet
What to Do If You Discover Cast Iron Pipe Damage
Damaged pipes can cause extensive damage. Century Public Adjusters recommends to:
- Remove the most valuable belongings from the affected area.
- Take photos and video evidence of all potential blasting damages.
- File a claim with the insurance company and provide evidence, including photos and an estimate from the public adjuster that documents these damages.
The simplest and most professional way to estimate the damage and prevent more expensive repairs is to have a Century Public Adjuster take a video of the damage. This can be achieved by putting a sewer camera through your pipes. It is the least invasive and gives the clearest picture of what your situation really is and how it can be fixed.
Century Public Adjusters has been around since 2002 when some of those original cast iron pipes had begun to corrode and cause damage to South Florida homes.
We have seen and gotten thousands of cast iron pipe claims in Florida paid.
Contact Century Public Adjusters today!