Carpet Fitting Question

What happens if you puncture a water pipe?

I employed a carpet fitter to refit some carpet after we had work done in our house. He accidentally put a nail through into a water pipe whilst nailing some new gripper strips to the floor. The tradesman (and us!) didn't know that the pipes were there although it did indicate on the floorboards there were pipes ( he didnt look under the hardboard). He initially told us the leak was already there - water pouring into the kitchen at this point. Did eventually admit responsibility but then blamed us for "dodgy pipes". He tried to walk out but my husband made him stay to locate the leak. We had to organise the plumber to fix the pipe. He now claims the person who put the hardboard down is responsible for the plumbing bill. My question is this - who is responsible and what should happen in this situation? What would other carpet fitters do? Thanks. No additional damage as we turned off water. Just £104 plumber costs.

3 Answers

Best Answer

If the carpet fitter put a nail from the gripper straight through a water pipe, then the pipe must have been less than an inch from the floor surface.
I'm pretty sure that there is a British standard depth for piping and for that matter also wiring to go under the floor boarding to prevent this type of occurrence.
I would suggest that the blame lies solely with the cowboy that installed your water pipes.

Answered 30th Mar 2013

Johnson Flooring

Member since 15 Feb 2012

Wholly unprofessional response from the carpet fitter.
Every good tradesperson is insured for this type of incident. He/she should have admitted responsibility immediately and worked with the customer to find an authorised plumber asap. You are there to improve someone's home not wreck it.
I find too many 'professionals' are too quick to blame someone else for their own mistakes.
My advice is to employ the best not the cheapest.

Answered 28th May 2013

UK Flooring Contracts Ltd

Member since 22 Jun 2012

Sounds like an insurance job, especially if there has been other damage. They will chase whoever they believe to be responsible. The carpet fitter should also have insurance specifically for this type of thing

Answered 26th Mar 2013

Gilberts Landscaping

Member since 12 Oct 2010

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