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Thai neighbor blaming me on water leak into their condo...

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I'm renovating an old condo. The neighbor below has a leak coming into their condo and is blaming me. I checked, and there is a leak, like a slow tap dripping. The building is old and there's a bunch of leaks in common areas, so feasible its an existing issue. 

 

They want me/my builder to open the ceiling to check the concrete for damage... their words, didn't realize concrete could damaged by water. Anyway, builder says it's probably an existing issue, and easy to tell if its an old leaking pipe. That said, it could be something to do with my renovation, I'm not a plumber so no idea.

 

If it was caused by my builder, they probably won't admit it anyway.

 

Not sure how it works here. Is the burden of proof on them? I'm sure they're expecting me to fix it, or possibly even a shakedown.

 

The condo itself is very old, old peeling wallpaper etc.. so can't even see any damage. I checked a corner of peeling wallpaper that was dry.

 

Anyone here been in a situation like this?

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We had problems like this in my building.

It seems the owner of the unit where the water comes from has to pay for any repairs.

But I don't know if that is a law or only the way they handle it here or in my building...

 

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3 minutes ago, OneMoreFarang said:

We had problems like this in my building.

It seems the owner of the unit where the water comes from has to pay for any repairs.

But I don't know if that is a law or only the way they handle it here or in my building...

 

Cheers, if it has come from my condo I've no problem paying to repair it. My cynical side is just expecting some sort of attempted shakedown. 

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Has your renovation efforts caused a lot of vibration of the structure?... Then you may have caused stress cracks in the concrete around the pipes that caused the leak...

 

If you can communicate with the builder & neighbor I would make them a deal... The builder will open up their ceiling and find the leak... But if their is rust or aged water damage around where the leak is discovered the neighbor will pay instead of you...

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30 minutes ago, sfokevin said:

Has your renovation efforts caused a lot of vibration of the structure?... Then you may have caused stress cracks in the concrete around the pipes that caused the leak...

 

If you can communicate with the builder & neighbor I would make them a deal... The builder will open up their ceiling and find the leak... But if their is rust or aged water damage around where the leak is discovered the neighbor will pay instead of you...

Yes, my builder did mention this, if it's an old leak it will be obvious. I am going to bring another builder plumber, just so I get the full picture. 

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31 minutes ago, sfokevin said:

Has your renovation efforts caused a lot of vibration of the structure?... Then you may have caused stress cracks in the concrete around the pipes that caused the leak...

 

If you can communicate with the builder & neighbor I would make them a deal... The builder will open up their ceiling and find the leak... But if their is rust or aged water damage around where the leak is discovered the neighbor will pay instead of you...

Doubt it. 

I'm going to bring in another plumber to get the full story, and if it was caused by my builder, I'll pay to fix.

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4 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

I had a leak caused by the unit above. Had to open my ceiling and it was easy to see it was coming from their shower drain. They paid everything including fixing my ceiling. But it was definitely stressful.

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If this is the case, then it would have been caused by my builder... now trying to get him to pay, that's another story. 

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32 minutes ago, sfokevin said:

Has your renovation efforts caused a lot of vibration of the structure?... Then you may have caused stress cracks in the concrete around the pipes that caused the leak...

 

If you can communicate with the builder & neighbor I would make them a deal... The builder will open up their ceiling and find the leak... But if their is rust or aged water damage around where the leak is discovered the neighbor will pay instead of you...

Sensible approach to identify the problem Just ensure all interested parties (with their paparazzi's kit)  are present at the unveiling.

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2 minutes ago, alacrity said:

Sensible approach to identify the problem Just ensure all interested parties (with their paparazzi's kit)  are present at the unveiling.

Agree, this is the sensible approach. However, the neighbor going on about checking for concrete damage, could be just ignorance or prelude to a shakedown... I mean, concrete damage! Its water, not acid! 

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1 minute ago, Samuel Smith said:

Maybe livestream it on TV if that's possible 🙂

Pay per view! 😄

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