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Old 09-21-2009, 07:39 PM
 
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Default Who is Responsible for Water main leaks before shut off Velve in Basement?

Hello:

Anyone knows if in fact the city water company is responsible for replacing the severely corroded water main in house? The corroded pipe is before the shut off valve, but it's in the basement.

The house is in Waltham.
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Old 09-21-2009, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Houston TX
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The way it was explained to me, is, picture your house as a box. Everything inside the box is yours and everything outside the box is the city. Of course this was not in Mass, and I've never owned a home with a basement... but it could probably be considered as a general rule of thumb.
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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We had a water line coming in off the street that was only 1/2" and the pressure wasn't sufficient. We were told by the town (in MA) that it would cost us about $2K to replace with 1", and that it wasn't their responsibility. I believe you are responsible for everything up to the hookup with the main town/city line for both water and sewer.
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I don't know about all locations, but where I live the home owner is responsible for anything from the point of the main hook up at the street. I found this out when I had to replace my water line from the street to the house.
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