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Cast Iron Pipe Damage Lawyer in Florida

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Navigating a burst pipe claim to your home can be a stressful experience that leaves you with more questions than answers. That’s where the burst pipe lawyers at Tighe P.A. come in – we’re a law firm specializing in property damage in Florida, and we can support you from the beginning of your cast iron pipe claim through its resolution. 

If your house was built before 1975, cast iron pipes were likely used in its construction. Insurance companies may try many tactics to avoid covering damages following a burst pipe, but with a Florida property damage lawyer with extensive experience dealing with insurance claims involving burst pipes, you’re set up for success.

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Why Choose Tighe P.A. to Handle Your Burst Pipe Claim

Here are some of the reasons you should consider our law firm for your burst pipe claim claim or lawsuit in Florida:

  • We’re not intimidated by big insurance companies and have helped thousands of clients achieve favorable property damage insurance settlements.
  • If your insurance company is acting in bad faith or an agreeable settlement cannot be reached, our experienced burst pipe attorneys are well-equipped to take your case to trial.
  • Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay us unless we win your case.

How We Fight For You

When you hire Tighe P.A., you’re hiring skilled burst pipe lawyers with a history of handling cast iron pipe claims in Florida. We’ll conduct a thorough inspection of your property to accurately identify the extent of the damage and represent you when it comes to engaging your insurance company.

We know Florida law and can file lawsuits for burst pipe claims when necessary, acting as powerful negotiators on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome. Our fight for you starts with that initial consultation. Remember, since we don’t get paid unless you do, we will pull out all the stops to ensure your successful claim.

Where Our Insurance Lawyers Handle Cast Iron Pipe Claims

At Tighe P.A., we assist clients in navigating cast iron plumbing issues that can lead to property damage, leaking sewage, pest infestations, health risks, and disruptions to daily life. Our property damage lawyers address cast iron pipe insurance claims throughout Florida, including Orlando, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Miami, St. Petersburg, and Port Saint Lucie. We’ll be there for you every step of the way, no matter the scale of the water damage caused by your burst pipe.

Florida Cast Iron Pipe Damage Claims & Lawsuits

When you live in Florida, you can face various property damage issues, depending on your home’s location. Whether you’re dealing with cast iron pipe damage due to tree roots, corrosion, sinkholes, flooding, or insects, our attorneys are locals who know the area well and are here to help. We also handle commercial cast iron pipe claims in Florida.

Understanding Burst Pipe Lawsuits in Florida

Before 1975, most Florida properties were built with cast iron pipes. Cast iron was perhaps a great choice at the time for its longevity, but the material is susceptible to corrosion over time. Once PVC piping was introduced, cast iron systems were almost entirely abandoned.

Throughout the state, the remaining cast iron plumbing continues to corrode, which can lead to health risks and contaminated water. Those who live in waterfront areas are even more at risk of problems from cast iron pipes due to the saltwater and moisture-rich atmosphere. You might see leaky pipes that result in higher water bills and sewage backup that damages your personal property.

To avoid extended exposure to harmful contaminants from cast iron pipes, it’s important to hire an experienced property damage law firm like Tighe P.A. right away so that we can begin resolving your case. We’ll also ensure that your insurance company doesn’t lowball your compensation or deny your claim by justifying the damage as normal wear and tear. If necessary, we’ll take your case to court to fight for the compensation you deserve.

Problems from Cast Iron Pipe Damage in Florida

Water damage following a burst pipe can affect not only your property, but in cases where the damage may have introduced mold, also your health. It’s crucial that you address any damage as soon as possible to keep yourself safe and give yourself the best opportunity for a favorable financial outcome from an insurance claim. Below are some of the issues from cast iron pipes that our property damage lawyers can help with.

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Sewage Backups

One of the most common issues when it comes to cast iron pipe damage is backups. If sewage begins leaking into your home, you’re exposed to chemicals, bacteria, and dangerous pathogens, and you could be facing a contaminated water supply. 

Water Damage

Broken or corroded cast iron pipes can result in water damage, as continual leaks can weaken the structure of your home, ruin personal property, and create a breeding ground for pests. Since broken cast iron pipes are one of the leading insurance claims in Florida, there’s been a significant increase in premiums, making homeowners’ lives even more challenging.

Damaged Flooring or Walls

Faulty cast iron pipes can mean damaged flooring and walls. You may notice water stains, peeling paint, or the smell of mildew or mold if you have leaky pipes. If left unaddressed, your property could face even more dire structural damage.

Tainted Water Supply (Health Risks)

If your cast iron pipes break, sewage and other harmful bacteria can seep into your water supply. Consuming this tainted water supply can lead to health risks like cholera, diarrhea, typhoid, hepatitis A, dysentery, and polio. That’s why it’s important to address any leaks right away to protect your health.

Pest Infestations

With standing water or continual leaks from broken pipes, you may face pest infestations. You don’t want your home or business overrun by rodents or insects like termites, mosquitos, roaches, silverfish, and more. To mitigate the proliferation of these pests, you want to file your insurance claim for cast iron pipe damage as soon as possible to get your property professionally cleaned.

Raised Water Bills

On top of the damage to your property and the financial strain that can create, leaks left unattended can result in higher water bills. To avoid the added stress of higher bills on top of navigating the insurance claim process, contact an experienced cast iron pipe damage attorney right away.

When Should You Hire an Insurance Attorney for a Cast Iron Pipe Claim?

It’s crucial to file your cast iron pipe claim as soon as the water damage is visible. Otherwise, insurance companies can deny your claim by saying you weren’t doing everything possible to mitigate the damage and stay on top of regular upkeep. But before you file your claim, call your insurance attorney first.

While most property insurance companies offer coverage for replacing burst pipes, the costs for cast iron pipes can look different. A cast iron plumbing system in Florida can sometimes cost over $100,000 to repair, so filing your initial insurance claim correctly is key. Insurance companies could deny your claim if it were improperly filed, which can delay your access to fair compensation. An insurance lawyer can help prevent this.

By hiring our property damage attorneys, who specialize in cast iron pipe claims and lawsuits in Florida, you set yourself up for greater success. Our lawyers will help you properly file your cast iron pipe claim, document the damage, and represent you in court if your case goes to trial. With our insurance lawyers advocating behind you, you can avoid lowball offers or denied claims made in bad faith by your insurer.

Cast Iron Pipe Damage FAQs

You may notice several warning signs if your cast iron pipes are failing:

  • Pest infestations like roaches or mosquitos
  • Water-stained flooring or carpeting
  • Warped wood floors
  • Loose or broken flooring 
  • Foul odors from leaking sewage

Cast iron pipes deteriorate naturally over time. However, Florida’s humidity can be a contributing factor. Additionally, construction activities, natural interferences like roots, chemical spills, acidic sewage, or household products containing sulfuric acid can also cause cast iron pipes to fail.

Cast iron pipes ideally have a lifespan of 40-50 years. That said, the humidity in the Florida environment can result in the rise of problems after just 20 years.

Approximately 2.4 million homes in Florida contain cast iron plumbing. If your home was built prior to 1975, there’s a good chance it contains cast iron pipes. However, in 1975, most Florida homes were built using PVC pipes instead.

How a Burst Pipe Lawyer Can Help

At Tighe P.A., we’re not afraid to go up against insurance companies, big or small. Our Florida burst pipe attorneys know that insurance companies can be bullies, unreasonably denying your cast iron pipe claim or giving you lowball reimbursements for property damage. You deserve to be fairly compensated after your cast iron plumbing systems fail. We’ll work with you from beginning to end of your claim or lawsuit, guiding you through the process to achieve the best outcomes.

Contact our law firm today – we’ve got your back.