Inexpensive Utility Line Warranties Protect SC Consumers from Costly Repairs

    CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A broken water or sewer line
 qualifies as a major inconvenience. It can cost thousands of dollars to fix
 a broken line and you pretty much have to get it done immediately. And you
 probably will have no idea how to select a contractor.
     You'd think that homeowner's insurance would cover a broken utility
 line, but most only cover the cost to repair the damage from the break, not
 the break itself. That's despite the fact that -- or maybe because -- water
 and sewer line breaks are such expensive occurrences.
     That's why Service Line Warranties of South Carolina will begin
 offering affordable water and sewer line warranties to residents of much of
 South Carolina beginning February 6.
     "A utility line warranty is like buying the missing part of your home
 insurance policy," said Phil Riley, chief executive officer of Utility
 Service Partners, Inc., the parent company of Service Line Warranties of
 South Carolina. "Water line repairs can run from $1,200 to $2,000, while
 replacing a sewer line typically costs between $1,200 and $4,000. Nowadays
 most people are not in the position to write a check for that kind of
 money, nor do they want to take out a loan or put it on a high-interest
 credit card. But virtually everyone can afford a utility line warranty,
 which should never cost more than a few dollars a month."
     According to Riley, unlike insurance, which typically only provides
 financial reimbursements in time of need, warranties provide a complete
 service with no out-of-pocket expenses. "Service Line Warranties of South
 Carolina sends a local, qualified and reputable repair professional, whom
 we have prequalified, to investigate and fix the line break, usually within
 24 hours," said Riley. "The customer does not have to evaluate contractors
 or take bids. We take care of everything and pay the contractor directly,
 up to the maximum of the warranty coverage."
     Service Line Warranties of South Carolina will now begin offering
 outside sewer and water line warranties to residents of Beaufort,
 Charleston, Florence, Orangeburg, Spartanburg and Sumter counties,
 beginning on February 6; the company will offer water line warranties only
 in Greenville, Pickens and York counties. The company previously offered
 water line warranties on a very limited basis in South Carolina in 2007.
 The warranty covers the utility line from the main line to the house and
 will cost $5.25 per month for water lines and $6.75 per month for sewer
     Riley said that Service Line Warranties of South Carolina wants to make
 obtaining a utility line warranty as easy as possible. "We are giving
 consumers the choice of three payment plans, and any customer can cancel
 the warranty at any time without penalty," said Riley. "Maybe that's why
 surveys show that 97% of our customers who have had repairs would recommend
 our warranties to a friend or relative."
     Service Line Warranties of South Carolina (, offers an
 extensive selection of affordable consumer warranties for outside and
 in-home utility lines. Service Line Warranties of South Carolina is part of
 Utility Service Partners, Inc., a family of companies that provide more
 than 350,000 active utility line warranties in Pennsylvania, Ohio,
 Kentucky, West Virginia, Georgia, Michigan and South Carolina.

SOURCE Service Line Warranties of South Carolina

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