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Old 04-27-2011, 05:14 PM   #1
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SEWER INSURANCE? Collapsed pipes from house to street?


I've been in my home about a year now, My next door neighbor had mentioned that the 1950's sewer pipes used on our street have been failing over the past few years.

He had to replace his about 5-6 years ago and it ran him near $20,000 dollars.

He said that there is Sewer insurance out there that can be purchased to help recoup some of the cost of when and if it happens.

Though, my home owners ins. company ( naragesst bay insurance ) doesnt offer this.

Anybody familiar with this type of insurance ?

Any insight about it , and what company might offer this would be great.

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Old 04-27-2011, 08:24 PM   #2
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There is some info on the web about it. It sounds like an added premium that may or may not help you in the long run. You should get an opinion from your insurance agent. If they do not offer it it is probably because there is not a high demand for it.

A better insurance would be to pay a plumber to run a camera through the line to look for potential problems. If the plumber finds signs of trouble, you may find sewer insurance worth your while.

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A better insurance would be to pay a plumber to run a camera through the line to look for potential problems. If the plumber finds signs of trouble, you may find sewer insurance worth your while.
I never heard of sewer insurance, but if they do have it, and the plumber found signs of trouble ahead of time, wouldn't they consider that a pre-existing condition and deny coverage?

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Old 04-27-2011, 09:43 PM   #4
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I've never heard of anything like that. Insurance companies generally cover themselves pretty well, if they did write such a thing they would likely want an inspection done before they would insure anyway.

I don't know where you are located but 20 grand to connect to a municipal sewer is completely over the top and way out of line. Even a septic system can be installed for around 10k. There must be way more to that story or your neighbor got totally ripped off!

Around here 75 foot of pipe replacement would cost about $2000-3000 and that is too high! I rented a backhoe and replaced my own, total cost was about $350 and a day of hard work for me and a friend.
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Wow. Unless you're 200 yards from the municipal sewer, $20,000 is w-a-a-a-y too much. I had to replace my sewer pipe once (about 100 ft) and it was less than $3,000. The septic system in my new house was only $4,000.

Failure of older sewer pipes is not uncommon since they're clay pipe. Especially if there are trees nearby. But I have never heard of sewer insurance either.
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Yeah 20k seems crazy. I guess the part that is near/under the street would be tricky, maybe that's why it cost so much as the city has to dig the street up and then repave.
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My brother moved into a remodeled house (I think it was originally built in the 60's or 70') about 10 years ago and his sewer pipe collapsed.It cost him around $5k and it was his responsibility because the collapse was some certain distance form his house. I don't know what the critical distance was, but had the collapse been closer to the street, it would have been the city's responsibility.
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That is typical in just about every city out there. Some infrastructures in this country date back to Colonial days, and still have not been updated.
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I think your neighbor is a sewer insurance salesman.
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Maybe there was more involved than just the sewer pipe. I've got a pretty good quote on my sewer lateral replacemet of $2000 for the whole run under the driveway to where it comes out of the ground in my crawlspace, and with that quote I also had another $6000 to replace the driveway plus $10,000 to pour a foundation wall (I have no foundation). So all together it will be $18000, but for the time being I'm just getting the sewer pipe and a gravel driveway for $2600.
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:54 PM   #11
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In my city, the city will pay for part of it. My friend had to have one replaced in her backyard. Had to dig down 15 feet. Since it also impacted the neighbor behind her she ended up only paying a third. City 1/3, neighbor 1/3, and her 1/3. I think hers ended up being around 1500 for her portion. Worth checking.
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I thought if I gave this a bump with some info there would be more responses. There is some info on Google about sewer insurance so it is probably not a complete urban legend. The posings I saw were in the neighborhood of 12 dollars a month so it sounds like one of those feel good insurances like the phone co sells on interior wiring and hardware or like the 5 dollar a month accidental damage insurance Verizon Wireless sells for cell phones.

I also though 20k sounded like a lot of money for a sewer pipe. I paid in the neighborhood of 300 to replace my water service.
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Well.... I am sitting at the VA right now and I can not think of the name for some reason but, I have an Insurance company that is as someone else said a supplemental insurance company that only covers the Main water line and the sewer line. I will post the name when I get back in the office. The premium is around 30 a quarter which seems fair to me. Big part for me is that I have never had a claim disputed.

Couple oother things.... $300 for a water main is cheap. I wont touch even a small one for less than $1000 but, it is relative to where you live... here the pipe must be 3 feet deep.... Some places it only needs to be 12 inches.

The Most I have been paid for a sewer was 18000 and I was 3000 below next lowest bid. Sewer line was 12 feet deep at the house but, 26 feet at the street. So 20k is easily possible.

I recommend keeping up on technology if you are worried about your sewer and if there are a lot of them collapsing in the area well it might be time to start investigating. What I would look for is a company that is doing Sewer linings. The procedure will basically inject an epoxy lining through the pipe leaving a completely seamless interior. This prevents any digging at all. Cost is about the same as if you did just a basic sewer but, if the "old Man" that paid me 18K would have listened to me he would have saved about 15K plus all of the Landscaping.

Other thing to look at is does you current insurance cover the excavating portion.... Some do... Some dont...
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Thanks, I actually found out my water company offers " Line Care " insurance.

http://www.middlesexwater.com/share/html/LineCare/

But it sounds like it's hard to qualify, They come out and do an inspection- They'll run a camera through and check for roots, cracks, etc. Then decide if your approved or not.
My house was built in the 50's, so im sure there will be cracks and roots and such.. If i didn't have these things i wouldn't want line care insurance!

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I'll keep the board updated incase anybody else is interested.
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Wow...if they do all that to determine if you're qualified, I would think that chances are the only people who are going to qualify would be those whose pipes are in perfect condition! Sounds like a true scam to me...

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