Orem

NLC Service Line Warranty Program for Orem, Utah Homeowners

 

As Orem and communities across the country work to improve public water and sewer lines, the lines on a homeowner’s property are subjected to the same elements that cause public lines in the City of Orem to fail - root invasion, ground shifting, fluctuating temperatures, age and more. Repair costs for broken, leaking or clogged lines can be between $1,300 to upwards of $3,500 - an unexpected cost that can be hard to budget. 

 
The City of Orem is please to introduce the Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) Service Line Warranty Program, an optional and affordable solution that provides warranty coverage that covers the cost to repair private lines when they fail. 
 
SLWA’s Warranty programs offer generous coverage at a low cost. SLWA is a BBB Accredited Business with an A+ rating, and has helped more than 100,000 homeowners across the U.S. save more than $64 million dollars in repair costs. 
 
If you have questions regarding eligibility please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below or call 1-866-922-9006.
 
Pricing is as follows:
  • Sewer line: $6.57 monthly/$78.84 annually
  • Water line: $4.07 monthly/$48.84 annually

Need more information? View our topics below.

For assistance, simply call toll-free at 1-866-922-9006 and we will be happy to help.
 
The Background of Service Line Warranties of America 
SLWA is a private company that provides optional water and/or sewer service line warranties to homeowners. SLWA is proud to have been selected by NLC as an Enterprise Programs Partner. The National League of Cities, representing over 218 million Americans, is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. SLWA is a BBB Accredited Business with an A+ rating. 

The program is offered at no cost to the City and no public funds are used to promote or operate the program. Importantly, SLWA is solely responsible for the administration and service of the warranty programs. 

Who is the National League of Cities? 
The National League of Cities is an organization dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, the National League of Cities serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents. 

Why did NLC select a single company to introduce these warranties? 
The National League of Cities recognized the need for these warranties and realized that there were economies of scale that could be achieved through the aggregation of potential homeowners that would result in a lower cost to the homeowner. After a careful review of providers, it was determined that SLWA had the history and proven track record of providing the superior customer service required for this program. 

Is SLWA a member of the Better Business Bureau? 
Yes. SLWA has been a member of the Better Business Bureau since 2003 and they are very proud of their exemplary record. SLWA is also approved by the appropriate state regulatory body to operate in the states where it provides coverage. 

What happens if Service Line Warranties of America goes out of business? What happens to money paid in premiums? 
All of SLWA’s contracts are month to month and SLWA must legally maintain adequate reserves to satisfy all claims filed. 

Where can I go to find out more about this program? 
Please visit SLWA’s website at www.SLWofA.com or call them directly at 1-866-922-9006.
City Participation
Is this really a letter from the City? 
Yes, the City worked with Service Line Warranties of America to make you aware of a program that could potentially save you a lot of money. 
 
Why is my City sending this letter to me? 
The city of Orem recognized homeowner water/sewer line warranty services as something many homeowners have expressed an interest. For this reason, they requested proposals from a number of service providers and put them through a procurement process. City representatives determined SLWA to be the best option of those providers who submitted proposals. 
 
Orem City Council simply wanted to share the results of this procurement process with its homeowners. So, letters were mailed out by SLWA for the sole purpose of providing program information. Homeowners who wish to learn more about this program or want to enroll are encouraged to contact SLWA directly at the number provided in your letter. Homeowners who are not interested in these services may disregard the letter entirely. 
 
If you choose to enroll in this program, please do so with the understanding that Orem in no way warrants or is liable for the work or performance of Service Line Warranties of America. We are only making you aware of the availability of this product since water and sewer line repairs can be very expensive. 
 
Why is Orem working with SLWA? 
The City of Orem encourages residents to seek out their own research and carefully review the information provided from all companies. While the products may appear similar, residents should thoroughly review the terms and conditions and the organization offering each warranty to compare factors such as: 
 
• Fees and deductibles 
• Coverage caps or annual limits 
• Restrictions and coverage 
• Cost and discounts 
• Company history, reputation and online complaints 
• City Partnership 
• Better Business Bureau accreditation and complaints 
 
Why is the City of Orem endorsing this program? 
In these difficult economic times, Orem felt it was important to educate residents that they are responsible for the service lines on their property and to also inform you that there was a program offered through a reputable company that could potentially save you a lot of money. 
 
Why is Orem working with Service Line Warranties of America for this program? 
SLWA was selected because of their high customer service and quality ratings. SLWA has been in business for more than 10 years and has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. 
 
Did the City of Orem pay for this mailing? 
No. SLWA pays for all aspects of the program including marketing, customer service and repairs. 
 
Does anyone in Orem have an ownership position in SLWA or benefit personally from this program? 
No. SLWA is independently owned and operated and no City official, employee or relative receives any personal compensation whatsoever. In other words, no one in your City is participating for personal gain. 
 
What is in this Program for the City of Orem? 
This program provides several benefits for Orem. First, it educates residents of their service line responsibility. Secondly, SLWA only uses qualified local contractors so repair dollars stay within the community, which helps us all. Lastly, Orem can be assured that all repairs are performed to code and that all appropriate permitting is pulled. This saves the City money because it encourages residents to report water and sewer leaks in a timely manner. Timely water line repairs conserve water and reduce water loss for the City. Timely sewer line repairs minimize wastewater pollution. 
 
Is the City of Orem receiving any compensation from SLWA? 
SLWA does offer the City of Orem itself compensation for allowing the use of the City seal on the letter. Why? The support of Orem alerts residents of the legitimacy of the program resulting in more enrollments, which in turn allows SLWA to offer a lower price to Orem’s residents because of the increased participation. 
 
Is there a minimum participation necessary for a City to stay in the program? 
No, there is no minimum participation required.


MARKETING LETTERS

A resident is upset because they did not receive the letter. Why didn’t they? 

SLWA purchases a list of city homeowners based on the city boundary map from an independent list vendor, Infogroup. Infogroup is an active member of the Direct Marketing Association (“DMA”) and adheres to all industry guidelines and government laws regarding responsible use and distribution of personal information. Therefore, the resident may have at one time requested they be placed on a “Do Not Solicit” list which both Infogroup and SLWA would have to honor. Conversely, the US post office enforces that each address be registered as deliverable ‐ the resident may have fallen off the list during the USPS “cleansing” which occurs before the letter can be put in the mail. 


A resident is upset that the letter arrived in the name of their deceased spouse. Why did this happen? 

SLWA purchases a list of city homeowners based on the city boundary map from an independent list vendor, Infogroup. Chances are that the source files used by this vendor have not been updated yet to reflect this change. If the resident elects to enroll, all future correspondence from SLWA to the resident will be corrected. SLWA cannot legally submit the requested name change to the DMA, which is a national, nonprofit organization, due to privacy laws. 


A resident does not want to receive any solicitations. How can this be accomplished? 

Contacting SLWA at 1-866-922-9006 will ensure that SLWA will not contact this resident again (keep in mind however that if the request comes in before the 2nd letter is sent, the customer will in fact receive the second letter because there is not an opportunity to pull it from the post office). If the customer does not want to receive any solicitations from anyone ever again, they will need to go directly to the Direct Mail Association, which is a national, non-profit organization which keeps a national repository of “DNS” requests. Neither SLWA nor Infogroup is legally allowed to submit the residents name to the DMA due to privacy laws. 

What should a resident do if they want more information and did not get the letter? 

The resident can call SLWA directly at 1-866-922-9006 to request information or get a copy of the letter sent to them. They can also visit SLWA’s website at www.SLWofA.com to view the details and enroll.
Warranty Products
UTILITY LINE RESPONSIBILITY 
Isn’t my City or utility company responsible for my lines? If not, doesn’t my Homeowner’s Insurance cover this type of Repair? 
Typically no. Most homeowners are surprised to learn that they are responsible for the repair and replacement of their broken or leaking utility lines, and most homeowners policies will pay to repair the damage created by failed utility lines but not for the repair itself. We encourage you to call your insurance company to determine your actual coverage. If you live in a condominium or duplex dwelling, we encourage you to contact your homeowners association to determine if you need this coverage prior to enrollment. 

What part of my water or sewer line am I responsible for maintaining? 
Homeowner responsibility varies greatly across the U.S. In some areas, the utility is responsible for the sewer lateral that runs from the main line to the right-of-way, property line or sewer clean-out near the curb. In other areas, the utility is not responsible for any portion of the lateral line that runs beyond the main line. For water service lines, the utility generally only covers the portion of the line from the main to the curb stop valve or water meter at the edge of the property. Regardless of these local differences, SLWA will provide coverage for the portion of the service line for which you are responsible. 

COVERAGE 
What causes cracks, holes or leaks in utility lines? 
Time: Wear and tear over time. It can be that simple. Over time, fittings can fail, pipes can corrode and your house can shift and settle. A small crack or pinhole develops and leads to a leak. Next thing you know, your utility line has failed. 

Weather: Freezing, thawing; rain, snow; each change of seasons brings with it a different challenge to your utility lines, and the potential for cracks and leaks. 
Landscaping: We all admire the beauty of a landscape graced with trees and shrubbery, but tree roots are not friends of your utility lines. Wrapping themselves around your lines, they will eventually cause cracks, leaks and clogs. 

What items are included as part of the warranty? 
The external water and/or sewer line warranty covers the underground service line from the foundation of your home to the point where the line becomes the utility’s responsibility. If any part of the line is broken and/or leaking, SLWA will repair or replace the line in order to restore the service (including clearing tree roots from the water or sewer line). 

What items are excluded as part of the warranty? 
The water line warranty does not cover the costs of repairs to the meter or meter vault nor does it cover branch lines to sprinklers, pools, hot tubs, etc. The sewer line warranty does not cover septic systems. The warranties are designed to ensure that the homeowner has utility service to the primary residence for purposes of drinking, cooking and cleaning. Repairs for damages caused by the homeowner, a third party, natural disaster, act of God or by other insurable causes are also not covered. Complete Terms and Conditions for your residence can be viewed by visiting www.SLWofA.com. You will be asked to enter your zip code to ensure the correct version is displayed. 

Does the warranty include the inside of the house? 
No. The external water and sewer line warranties do not provide coverage for inside the house. 

Who replaces landscaping if damaged? 
SLWA will provide basic restoration to the site. This includes filling in the holes, mounding the trench (to allow for settling) and raking and seeding the affected area. Restoration does not include replacing trees or shrubs or repairing private paved/ concrete surfaces. 

Is soil movement due to ground shifting covered? 
Yes, ground shifting is one of the major causes for water and sewer line breaks. If the line is broken and leaking, the repair is covered under the warranty. 

Is tree root damage covered? 
Yes, invasive tree roots are another major cause for water and sewer line failures. If the line is broken, leaking or clogged, the repair is covered under the warranty. 

Will the company inspect the lines for residents? 
While SLWA reserves the right to inspect lines for pre-existing conditions, they generally do not inspect lines for residents to look for leaks or other problems. SLWA responds to customers who report a claim for a line leak, clog or other failure from normal wear and tear. 

When does my warranty start? 
Coverage begins 30 days after enrollment unless otherwise noted through a promotional letter. 

Does SLWA have an annual or lifetime restriction on how much they will pay to repair? 
No. Unlike some other warranties available, SLWA provides you with the full coverage per incident. They will pay up to your coverage amount each and every time you need them. SLWA does not limit the amount they will pay annually. 

I cannot find my Terms and Conditions. How can I get another copy? 
You may either call SLWA at 1-866-922-9006 to request another copy or visit www.SLWofA.com and follow the navigation prompts under “Manage Account” to log in. Once logged-in, select “View Terms & Conditions” from the home screen. The warranty product(s) that are active on your account will be displayed. Once you make your selection, your Terms & Conditions will display as a .pdf. You can print or save them at this time in addition to viewing them online. 

ELIGIBLE DWELLING TYPES 
Is the program just for residents, or can businesses participate? 
This program is only available for residential dwellings. 

I live in a condominium. Am I responsible for my water or sewer line? 
Please contact your homeowners association to determine if you are personally responsible for your water or sewer service line. If you are responsible and you have a single service line serving your dwelling, you are eligible to enroll. If you are served by a shared line, please contact SLWA at 1-866-922-9006 to determine eligibility. 

Can my condominium association enroll in this program? 
Yes. Because coverage issues can vary widely between associations, please call 1-866-922-9006 to speak with an employee who specializes in this custom coverage program. 

REPAIRS 
What do I do if I need a repair? 
Simply call SLWA’s 24-hour hotline number at 1-866-922-9006 to speak with one of their claim representatives. There are no forms or paperwork for you to complete. Once you report a claim, their contractor must call you within an hour to schedule an onsite visit, which typically occurs within 24 hours, but on a rare occasion could take as much as 48 hours - including holidays and weekends. 

The vast majority of repairs are completed within 1‐2 days of receiving the claim. Claims taking longer than a day are those which usually require utility line marking to prevent accidental damage to other lines on the property. At the completion of your repair, you will be sent a satisfaction survey. Results of these surveys are used to continually improve SLWA service levels and processes. SLWA has consistently enjoyed a 96% customer satisfaction rating (excellent and good categories). 

What codes will SLWA adhere to? The current code? The original code at the time of installation? 
If the line is broken and leaking, SLWA will repair or replace the leaking portion of the line according to the current code. 

Who will do the repair work? 
SLWA only employs qualified contractors from the local area who have the desire and ability to meet the high standards established by SLWA. 

CONTRACTORS 
How selective is SLWA when choosing contractors to conduct repairs? 
SLWA is very particular when it comes to selecting contractors into their network. SLWA’s objective is to provide the highest levels of customer service, and all SLWA contractors understand the importance of their role. SLWA works with local contractors that have both the desire and ability to meet their high customer service standards. 

How many plumbers is SLWA going to work with in my City? 
The number of plumbers depends on the number of households in the City. Generally, SLWA starts with a minimum of two contractors for the smallest cities, and adds one additional contractor for each 10,000 households of population. 

What if the plumber does poor work? 
SLWA screens local contractors to ensure that they have the desire and ability to meet the high standards established. All work is guaranteed for one year. Any work that fails to meet the warranty or quality standards will be re-performed by the contractor or another contractor at no cost to the homeowner.

Billing
How will I be billed? 
The choice is yours. SLWA can invoice you monthly, charge your card or deduct the monthly amount automatically from your checking account. You can make payments monthly or annually. 

Is this a long-term commitment? 
No. The contract is monthly and you may cancel your warranty at any time. If you have prepaid your contract and decide to cancel before the end of the term, you will be refunded the unused portion of your premium. 

Am I able to pay my bill online? 
Yes. Simply login to SLWA’s website at www.SLWofA.com and follow the navigation prompts under “Manage Account” to log in. Once logged-in, if you have already received an invoice, you can go online to pay your bill. Select “Make a Payment” from the home screen. You can choose to pay by credit card or bank draft, and you can choose to make a onetime payment or set your account up for recurring charges or drafts. You will receive an electronic receipt in your email after your transaction is complete. If you have not yet received your first invoice but would like to prepay on your warranty service, please call Customer Service at 1-866-922-9006 to assist you. 

Can I set up recurring payments online? 
Yes. Please visit www.SLWofA.com and follow the navigation prompts under “Manage Account” to log in. Once logged- in, select “Update Payment Method” from the home screen. You will select the warranty products that you want to set up on a recurring payment method on the next screen. Follow the prompts to choose your new payment method (you can choose between Recurring Credit Card, Recurring Bank Account Withdrawal, and if you are already set up on a recurring payment method, you can also switch back to Invoice) and to provide the details on that payment method. You will receive an electronic receipt in your email after your transaction is complete.

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