Rock stars are known for defacing and bashing hotel rooms. Well, some of them anyway. This kind of behavior makes them targets for lawsuits from left and right, even if the property involved is their own. Most New Yorkers would probably remember the three lawsuits filed against rock star and Grammy award winner Lenny Kravitz, all involving water damage Manhattan issues.
The first case involved a lawsuit filed by an insurance company who had to pay for water damage Manhattan repairs incurred by their client when one of Kravitz’s toilets overflowed into their client’s apartment. It was bad luck for Kravitz as the client was a former New York Life Benefit Services chairman and chief executive. The apartment incurred $333,849.77 worth of damages due to water damage Manhattan. The insurance company sued Kravitz for these repairs plus additional incurred costs. There were no explanations as to why the toilets overflowed, but the insurance company filed the lawsuit on grounds that Kravitz allowed the toilets to be blocked and clogged with a variety of materials. The unit was an $8 million, six thousand square foot duplex with five bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The duplex also had a billiards room, a game room and a 3,000 square foot terrace.
The second water damage Manhattan case against Kravitz involved another blocked toilet and he was sued for $9,387.87 worth of damages. The lawsuit insisted on the singer’s negligence and carelessness in allowing his toilets to overflow from the various unidentified materials flushed down the bowl, causing it to clog.
To make matters worst, Kravitz is once again sued for causing water damage Manhattan problems to another neighbor’s apartment due to – you guessed it right: blocked, clogged and congested toilet resulting to overflows. This is the third lawsuit in three years over the same old thing. This time, the bill would be $457,339.11 worth of repairs.
Toilet overflows are one of the most common domestic reasons for water damage Manhattan style, aside from natural causes like torrential rains or floods. Toilets can be clogged for a variety of reasons, like excessive toilet paper or bars of soap. Small solid objects can also be flushed through the bowl but would only get clogged in the drainpipes and would cause wastewater to backup through the bowl. A clogged bowl coupled with a broken flush mechanism would result to continuously flowing water, which can overflow from the bowl and spill to other rooms, and in this case, other floors. A responsible homeowner should have immediate remediation work performed in the toilet at the first sign of flush mechanism failures, or clogged bowls. Water that has been continuously flowing and is visible through the bowl, even if the flush cycle has completed, signifies that the toilet has a broken flush mechanism. On the other hand, water that goes down the bowl very slowly during the flush cycle is a strong indication that the toilet is clogged and should be checked immediately. Clogged items can sometimes be removed by using a plumbers’ snake or an auger that is inserted into the bowl to dislodge the clogged object. This might work for hair, soap or tissue debris trapped in the drainpipes. However, if the object clogged is solid and difficult to remove, it may require dismantling of the bowl.
Facing a losing legal battle, Kravitz has put the sprawling SoHo condominium unit out in the market with a $13 million price tag. That was higher than the $8 million price that Kravitz paid when he has bought the condominium units.