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So short story, I am general contractor in Washington state. We are currently remodeling a 1978 split level. We removed a small sink where the supply lines were coming up through the floor to an angle stops for the water lines. We shut them off and left it for the plumber for the following week to move. 5 days later the valve suddenly broke in the middle of the night. Trying to determine who’s at fault here. My company, or the old valve that somehow broke after being off for a week. Waiting on insurance currently.
Who touched it last? Layers like to use the shotgun approach. File against everyone and see where the money shakes out, so treat lightly with the owner(s). Be helpful but make sure to tell them it will cost to fix it. Write everything down, take notes when talking to owner, as this would be admisable in court. It **** like this that keeps me up at night... LOL
 

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Yea as far as I know I was the last one to touch it. The homeowners would come by every evening to check on the house. They showed up Friday evening, everything was good. Sunday morning it was flooded. Been dry for a whole week. I did look at the valve today. The inner gasket was all torn up. It’s just driving me crazy that it didn’t leak a drop for 5 days then all of a sudden it just blows out.
Was the building locked up? Is it possible that someone turned it on or hit it with a hammer?
 

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Sure they are, but they're going to subrogate to your insurance and your insurance isn't going to fight them. Insurance companies are scum. The minute they have to pay a claim they look for a way out of it or someone else to blame. You're it.
Live and learn. I bet you don't touch old valves anymore though, nor would I!
 
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