Nashville family warns others to inspect fire sprinkler system - WKRN News 2

Nashville family warns others to inspect fire sprinkler system

Posted: Updated: May 22, 2014 07:04 PM
The Gillilands' east Nashville condo had more than $400,000 in damages from a pipe that burst. The Gillilands' east Nashville condo had more than $400,000 in damages from a pipe that burst.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An east Nashville couple wants homeowners who have fire sprinklers installed in their homes to make sure the pipes are well insulated and installed after a pipe burst in a neighbor’s unit.

The broken pipe flooded Milton and Sheila Gilliland’s ground floor apartment and damaged six other units in their condominium community.

“By the time I got here the water had run [for] about an hour and a half,” Milton Gilliland told News 2.

Gilliland had to shut the water off because none of the other residents could find the main shut off valve.

The pipe burst on January 7 when temperatures were well below freezing for several days.

The sprinkler pipe was not properly insulated, according to Gilliland.

The house had to be gutted down to the studs after delays in removing wet drywall led to mold and other toxins in the condo.

For two and a half months the home sat without any work being done because of problems with construction contracts.

Since then the house has been rebuilt on the inside.

“We thought it might be around 30 days, but it’s been about four months,” Gilliland said. “It is pretty tough because we downsized from 2,500 square feet to 1,500 square feet and then we were living in a 750 square foot apartment with one bedroom [and] one bathroom.”

The Gillilands had only moved into their home in August before the pipe burst in January.

Three weeks after the pipe burst, flooding the Gillilands and their neighbor’s, another pipe in a different part of their development burst in the same way.

Three units were flooded in that incident.

Their neighbors are also in the process of rebuilding their homes.

The Gillilands said the total damage to their condo was more than $400,000. They hope to move back next month.

A number of Tennessee cities are now requiring new homes include a fire sprinkler system like the one in the Gilliland's home.

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