Often the first notice a property owner has that pipes are leaking is when the utility bill arrives for 10 times more than the normal amount. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Question. Our insured recently got a water bill that was thousands of dollars. When he called the town to dispute it, they investigated and found a leak in the water main to his building. The leak occurred after the meter, so he was being charged for the increased water usage.

He knows that underground pipes are excluded, but the question is whether the water and increased bill can somehow be claimed under his policy.

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