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  1. #1
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    Default Sewer Pipes- Who is responsible?

    Yesterday the sewer backed up into our house and damaged our carpet and wall. Turns out when the town was replacing water pipes on our street they accidentally broke the pipe from the sewer to our house, which caused the backup. They are here fixing it now.

    So, am I correct in assuming they are responsible for all the damages? Do they have to replace our carpet? It's disgusting and smells like crap. They had to cut our wall open, removing our paneling so they could get better access to the pipes. The paneling from the 1950's. It can't be replaced....do they have to redo the walls?

    Anyone have knowledge around this?
    Kristen & Jason 5/19/06
    Our Peanut has arrived 5/20/09
    Our Bean has arrived 11/30/11

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    I don't know the answers to your specific questions. I would contact my Homeowner's insurance and ask them these questions. They may even intervene on your behalf.
    'Thou shalt not' might reach the head, but it takes 'Once upon a time' to reach the heart.-Philip Pullman

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    I second the PP's suggestion.

    We had a similar problem but the sewer pipes broke on our easement (it is in an alley that is not part of our property but apparently it is part of our easement) and we were responsible for all of the damages.

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    Thirding asking your homeowners. You can also look on your town's website. The DPW part of ours has some guidelines on what they are "responsible" and what they deem the homeowner responsible for.

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    Thanks ladies! The foreman came over today and told us who to submit our claim to. It looks like the town will cover it.

    Thanks again.
    Kristen & Jason 5/19/06
    Our Peanut has arrived 5/20/09
    Our Bean has arrived 11/30/11

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    Lets see if I get this right from my property and casualty course for my license.

    From what I believe is that they would be responsible for the pipe breakage but not the carpet damage itself.

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