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August 12, 2022 at 8:25 am #1112895Part-time LurkerGuest
You should definitely talk to a lawyer, but honestly, I think you’re going to be held liable.
As for how it happened and the amount of damage….. Yeah, sprinkler heads in a residential unit should be recessed near the top of the wall or hanging from the ceiling, but the glass tubes and heads that trigger the water release aren’t hard to break. Once they break they can pump out 20-50 gallons of water per MINUTE (some commercial systems release 50-100gal/minute) and can only be turned off at the main riser. By the time you alert maintenance and they are able to get to the building and shut off the water you can flood several floors completely. $17k actually sounds like a reasonable amount for something like this. At minimum the property has to clean up all the water, dry everything out, and then rip out and replace all of the damaged drywall & insulation, repaint, etc. It’s very labor intensive.August 12, 2022 at 9:37 am #1112896AnonymousseGuest
I guess I was not thinking of a break to start sprinkler. $17,000 doesn’t seem too crazy if you really think about the damage that amount of water could have caused.
I still remain perplexed. But I believe it has happened. Aren’t these systems made with kids in mind?August 12, 2022 at 10:10 am #1112898CopaParticipant
Yes, lawyer. Your state bar is likely a good resource to help you find someone. Many have referral sites where you can speak with a lawyer briefly for free to explain what’s happening and they can help you figure out what next steps to take.August 12, 2022 at 1:54 pm #1112900BethGuest
No he wasn’t home alone. I work from home and he had just came back home from school. I work downstairs and his room is upstairs (where it started). I’m working so I can’t watch him very closely. He’s not of age where he needs to be constantly under watch but he’s still a child who likes to get into things (as most children are). I was never too worried about a sprinkler being one of those things considering it’s not really in reach but children amaze me everyday.
I guess I would be liable but I honestly just can’t afford such a bill. Something has to give or perhaps some sort of settlement given my income.August 12, 2022 at 1:57 pm #1112901BethGuest
yes it was A LOT of water and it was huge nightmare. I wish I could pay it off but I truly can’t. At least not with $900 a month on top of $2500 rent. That total is more money than I make a month.August 12, 2022 at 2:01 pm #1112903BethGuest
I’m honestly surprised as well. I genuinely thought they only went off if there is a fire involved. Had I known, I definitely would’ve situated him far away from the sprinkler. It was right over his bed so he was able to stand up on it and do whatever he was doing.
I wouldn’t say they are kid friendly given this situation.August 12, 2022 at 4:00 pm #1112905Miss MJGuest
Yeah, you’re probably on the hook for the damage your kid caused, accidental or not. Just like you’d be on the hook if he wrecked your car accidentally and damaged property. A lawyer might be able to help you with insurance coverage, though, so definitely speak to one.