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Tom Macal

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Was turning off a toilet angle stop and the valve shot off the pipe. This was a compression fitting that apparently wasn't tightened down properly. Quite a bit of water leaked out before I was able to turn off the house valve. The homeowner wants to file a mold remediation claim with his insurance company. I cant see where I'm at fault here. Has anyone ever had an experience like this before?
 

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YES. And I did not let any water damage the apartment.
I reached under a cabinet. the cold water valve shot off.
I dropped to my belly and pressed my thumb against the pipe while i yelled and kicked the wall
I stayed in that predicament for 15 minutes before i was found and the water turned off.
I let out less than 2 gallons of water.
NOTE
I was on the 3rd floor, the damages would have been to 3 floors
I have a round scar on my thumb from the copper

The way I see it, you are not to blame, but the Insurance company is going to stick it to you without a kiss or Vaseline

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Was turning off a toilet angle stop and the valve shot off the pipe. This was a compression fitting that apparently wasn't tightened down properly. Quite a bit of water leaked out before I was able to turn off the house valve. The homeowner wants to file a mold remediation claim with his insurance company. I cant see where I'm at fault here. Has anyone ever had an experience like this before?
Are you the plumber on this job? If not, what is your function?
 

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You are definitely not to blame.
It was a defectively installed angle stop.
The installer is the liable party in this case and you can get plenty of plumbers to testify to that fact.
 

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He may not, in fact, be to blame but that's only his word and would possibly have to prove it.
If he is a licensed plumber I would think his insurance would cover it.
If he's not a plumber he shouldn't have been touching it.
 
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