If your home or building was built before approximately 1975, you most likely have cast iron piping. The easiest way to check is to look at the pipes coming out of the wall under your sink.
No, we do not believe so. Cast iron plumbing pipes do not last forever , so we do not believe there is a true class action lawsuit pending for cast iron pipes if they've lived up to their life expectancy - which is about 50 years. Your insurance company still may have to pay you for these pipes if they've caused damage to your property.
Without a visible water leak, the best way is to have a professional inspect the pipes with special cameras that can document the condition of your pipes.
Discoloration in the water is a result of corrosion or rust and cast iron pipes are especially vulnerable. Discolored water is the most visible sign that you need to replace cast iron pipes
Our firm provides for a full inspection of your cast iron pipes system and with no out of pocket cost to you.
Although policies vary, your insurance company should pay the cost of not only replacing your cast iron pipe plumbing system, but also the cost to access these pipes and to restore your home afterward.
Absolutely. Your insurance company will try to squeeze the facts of your situation into one of many coverage exclusions. Absent help from a professional, you could jeopardize your chance of getting paid.
Replacing your cast iron pipes could easily cost tens of thousands of dollars, and that is in addition to the thousands of dollars necessary to repair any damage to your home. That is why it is crucial to have your insurance company pay these costs instead of paying them yourself.
Insurance companies routinely attempt to deny these claims, and will send long letters to their policyholders claiming you're are not covered. Therefore, exclusions are almost always unsupported
Cast iron pipes are destined to fail and cause leaks - it is not a matter of “if”, it is a matter of “when”. You need to take action to replace these pipes, the more damage and headaches you can avoid.
Despite what many in the plumbing industry think, there are limitations to what a sewer camera sees inside your sewer lines.
A sewer camera alone cannot determine if you have a leak or to locate a leak or leaks in your sewer lines.
While it’s a useful as a secondary tool in a leak location test, a sewer camera by itself cannot be used to to determine if you have a leak or to find a leak.
A leak is water escaping the pipe through a hole, break, or crack. Since the camera is inside the pipe, it cannot see the outside of the pipe. Meaning, it can’t see if something is leaking OUT of the pipe. It can only show what is going on INSIDE the pipe.
But how do you find out how many leaks you have and where they are? With a sewer leak isolation test.