Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Poop River, MI
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The broken water main pipe, city of flint, crappy insurance, no money blues....
So I bought this old shell of a building that was formerly a church and halfway converted into a duplex. I worked on it diligently for several months before learning the hard way it was haunted as hell, and became too chicken shit to go over there after that during the day and never in the dark. After having it set for about a year, I decided that I needed to get serious and brought in a GC to redo the whole place. Not a doosh of paint, a full redo. Floors, walls, ceilings, roof, windows, the whole 9. I over extended myself by a large order of magnitude doing so, but the mindset was to have a building that would need MINMAL maintenance for YEARS.
We wrapped things up and I moved people in and endured the usual occasional drama that follows when two groups of assholes share a roof, except there was a smell.
Fast forward 2 months - we learn that the main water line to the house that comes UP from underground under apartment 1 is leaking. The fun part is that the path the water took was to fill up the crawlspace of apartment 2 with water. Stangnant water = smell.
BOTH tennants have elected to NOT put up with any repair crews being there and have moved out. My insurance claims that they only insure the structure and damage to the structure, but nothing more - so they'll pay to remove the bathroom floor to get to the dirt that's on top of the pipe, but not the actual removal of the dirt to access it, etc.
The city says the pipe is THEIR property that happens to run THROUGH mine, and THEY are the only people allowed to touch it once I have cleared access for them to do so. Furthermore, they almost never repair a service line. Their policy is to always replace it via a 5 foot deep trench that I'm responsible to provide via a GC - I'm not allowed to dig the trench myself, and since the yard isn't structure, insurance doesn't cover that part either. Oh, and since it was a church - the "yard" is all ashphalt.
The whole situation is horse shit, I'm losing my ass, insurance doesn't cover thousands of dollars of costs that I don't have, and my ass hurts.
Thank you for your time,
Resident beer mug customizer, vinyl graphics maker, and glass etcher.
Last edited by Bewber; 11-06-2008 at 10:03 AM.