Homeowners fed up with waterline pipes bursting

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GREENWOOD, Ind. - Some Greenwood residents are fed up after their waterline pipes keep bursting.

Dave and Maria Spellman just moved into the Woodgate subdivision. They said they are forking over about $3,000 out-of-pocket to completely replace their waterline pipes next to the driveway after they burst a few weeks ago. While this is the first time the couple is experiencing a break, they found out it is actually the third incident at their 15-year-old house.

They said they were told by plumbers that the copper pipes under the ground should never have been installed in the first place.

"It's not recommended for residential or commercial. It just wouldn't withstand the water pressure," said Maria Spellman.

Soon enough, he and his wife discovered other neighbors were also experiencing waterline breaks.

"They've had it twice. They've had it twice. They've had it once. I'm not sure about them. They've had it three times," said Krystal Killy as she pointed at home after home in the subdivision. She lives next door to the Spellman's and has also gone through waterline breaks.

"I believe it's the builder's fault," she said. "I just want it fixed."

The houses were built by Davis Homes more than 15 years ago. The company folded during the housing crisis.

FOX59 tracked down the former owner's son who is now running his own company to find out what is going on with the pipes. A spokeswoman for the new builder said the company does not bear any responsibility for the homes built in Woodgate. The waterline work would have been subcontracted, however they can't find any old records to show which subcontractor was responsible.

FOX59 also found out, the City of Greenwood requires inspections of all new buildings and homes, but those inspections stop at the structure and don't include outdoor waterline.

"It's heartbreaking," said Dave Spellman.

He and his wife said they've tried to get help with the Attorney General's office, but the two-year statute of limitations has already passed.

Now, they're thinking about taking legal action. They plan to talk to other residents during a homeowner's association meeting later this month.

"Just to help rectify this situation in some way there so we can find some restitution to help not only us, but everybody else around here," said Maria Spellman.

Like many of her neighbors, Killy doesn't want to have to move. She just wants someone to take responsibility and fix the problem for good.

"We’re all families. We all have kids. And we just want the right things done so we can continue to live here," she said.