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    How long is a builder to buyer new home warranty in Arizona? Here in Ct it is one year.

    If you sue the builder, (if he is still in business) he will claim that the excavation contractor is at fault. The excavation contractor (if he is still in business) will say he was working under the direction of the builder.

    Don't be surprised if you have to foot the bill to replace the pipe.

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    quote; Can sue under defective construction and installation.
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    Good luck, but try to find a lawyer that will work on contingency so you only have to pay him if you win. The builder's warranty, in AZ, is two years for residential construction. Do you have photos of the boulders IN PLACE to prove they were on the pipe?
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    Just want to recover the $30k I have spent on water bills and plumbers to fix leaks and ultimately replace line.

    30 K??? Who do you use for your plumbing? And how long do you let something leak before you fix it? For 30 K you could repipe the house, which is probably also in PB if the main line is, replace the main line, and take a pretty nice vacation while it was being done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    Good luck, but try to find a lawyer that will work on contingency so you only have to pay him if you win. The builder's warranty, in AZ, is two years for residential construction. Do you have photos of the boulders IN PLACE to prove they were on the pipe?

    Good advise.


    Chances are if you do not have a good insurance company thru your mortgage company, You will need to foot the bill.

    And chances of getting the money back is nearly Null. Your mortgage company may be able to help, They Will make it get fixed.


    You may have to Suck it up Buttercup.
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    $30,000 for 3 repairs?

    Someone has been seriously hosed (no pun intended)

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    First leak happened July 2012. Only way to know it is when you get the $3,500 water bill from hell. Line is 2,000 feet from meter to house. Property is desert. No way to find leak until water surfaces which took almost two months. Could not cut off water since $100k of landscapping would die, and pool pump would tear up. So, had to have water on for couple of hours each day for second month. Second month water bill $2,500. Digging five feet deep under road to find line and repair was $2,800. Second time it happened was July 2013. Same scenario. Total costs so far, $15k. Replaced line August 2013. Cost $15k. Total costs $30k

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    If you have a swimming pool you may have a hard time blaming all of your water usage on a leak.

    I would expect a very high amount of evaporation in your neck of the woods.

    Just keeping your pool topped off would take a bit of water.


    I have heard of those surprise bills.
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    Average water bill in summer with no leak = less than $150 month. Not the pool. 2" main water line pouring into the desert at depth of five feet is (was) the problem. No tracer on the line and no way to find leak until ground saturated. Not a pleasant experience at all. Thanks for reply.

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