Des Plaines, IL asked in Real Estate Law, Construction Law, Environmental and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois

Q: Wrong size natural gas pipe in kitchen ? Who is responsible ?

Recently we moved into a 2004 8 story condo in IL without an inspection. We noticed that we were getting a very low pressure and after a while an orange flame started to be visible. I contacted the management and board who said that nobody else in the building had similar issue and since it only effects my unit it is my responsibility.

After that, we called a plumber who said that the wrong size pipe (1/2 in ) is being used which is the reason behind low pressure. We were told to discontinue the use of the range until the problem is fixed. He said that he thinks that this piping was installed during the construction of the condo and he wont know the true cost until he cuts out the hole in wall and looks in. Either it might be as simple as replacing 1 ft of piping or 12 ft and going into unit below. If its a faulty construction who is responsible ? Could the City help me with HOA ? Thank you for any response!

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Construction Law Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. You could try asking the City, but it seems unlikely they would become involved in a private dispute involving an HOA where an owner had opportunity for inspection. In terms of public authorities, you could check with the local electric utility/gas supplier - but they also might tell you that it is a matter for privately-hired plumber if the improper diameter pipe was downstream of their meter. These are only some general considerations - for meaningful input, you would be better off reaching out to local attorneys. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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