C.B. from Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
My garage door bottom panel had begun to rot on the right side. When I asked management whose responsibility it was, they said the unit owner. Soon after, I left early one morning for work and found water puddles pooling inside my garage at the same location as the rot origin on the door. Upon opening the garage, I realized the sprinkler system head was directed at my unit. The water was hitting my door each time the sprinklers ran. I placed a work order and the heads were redirected. However, the damage was too far along and the door had to be replaced. As the damage was from the Sprinkler System, whose responsibility is it to replace the door? Management says it is not their responsibility and the Sprinkler System vendor says it is not their responsibility. However, by redirecting the heads, it shows the heads had not been monitored and maintained properly.
Mister Condo replies:
C.B., I am sorry that your garage door was damaged by the association’s sprinkler system. While I understand your frustration, I sincerely doubt you will get the association or the sprinkler vendor to take responsibility for the damage. It would be almost impossible for you to prove the damage was caused by negligence so this would fall under the unfortunate circumstance category of responsibility, in my opinion. Since the garage door maintenance is your responsibility, this is likely on you to pay for the repair. Your homeowner’s policy (HO-6) may provide some relief but my guess is that it wouldn’t be worth the time and trouble to file a claim unless the expense is exorbitant. Sprinkler heads fail often and can be turned around from lawn mowers, foot traffic, and just general wear and tear. Moving forward. Keep a close eye on your garage door after each watering cycle.