St. Louis Park-endorsed Water Line Warranty Program Rolls Out

by | Oct 16, 2012 | By State, HomeServe in the News, Minnesota, Water Solutions

St. Louis Park-endorsed water line warranty program rolls out
By Seth Rowe on October 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

St. Louis Park is introducing a new, optional program available to homeowners that provides low-cost warranty protection for water lines.

The program is provided through the National League of Cities and administered by Service Line Warranties of America.

The league’s Service Line Warranty program offers citizens a way to avoid the unexpected and often large expense involved with a water line break. This new program will offer warranty protection to help cover the costs of a break. The St. Louis Park City Council voted to endorse the warranty program earlier this year.

“Many citizens are unaware that they are responsible for the water lines that go from the point of utility maintenance to their houses,” said Michael Rardin, St. Louis Park’s public works director. “If these lines break or leak, repairs can be very expensive.

He continued, “We chose to participate in this program for several reasons including that it is offered at no cost to the city and it serves to educate our homeowners on their service line responsibilities while saving them money on repairs.” Rardin noted the warranty company has a perfect Better Business Bureau Rating and only uses local contractors who are familiar with St. Louis Park permitting and codes.

Rardin added, “This program could improve both water conservation and ground pollution, too, because we believe that residents will be more apt to
quickly report any issues with their utility service lines.”

St. Louis Park residents will receive offers in their mailboxes for the city-endorsed program. The cost for citizens who choose to purchase the warranty protection is $7.75 per month and will cover water line repairs up to $4,000 plus an additional allowance of $500 for public sidewalk cutting, if needed. The program is offered at no cost to the City of St. Louis Park and no public funds are used to promote the program.

“We think St. Louis Park residents will be pleased with our features and benefits, including a 24-hour repair hotline and the use of local, certified technicians,” said Brad Carmichael, vice president of business development for Service Line Warranties of America. “This keeps dollars in the local economy, an important benefit in these tough financial times.”

Service Line Warranties of America is the brand used by the Pennsylvania-based Utility Service Partners Inc. family of companies.

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