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Question DetailsAsked on 5/8/2017

THE CITY DAMAGED A OUTSIDE PIPE CAUSING WATER TO ENTER MY INHOUSE GASLINE. WHO IS LIABLE

GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY INSTALLED NEW METERS AND FOUND WATER IN THE INHOME GAS LINE. STATING THAT THE CITY DAMAGED AN OUTSIDE PIPE CAUSING WATER TO ENTER INHOME GAS LINES, CAUSING THEM {GAS CO} TO CUT OFF THE GAS IN SOME HOMES.WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE WATER?

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Answered 1 year ago by CHARLIEBOY

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The city is responsible if they caused the damage - though usually the gas utility would blow out the lines, then charge the city for the damage.


I would start with the gas utility to see what they are doing - some utilities will be proactive, some will sit on their tails so if they say not their problem then you should find out who the project engineer or such for this issue is at the city, and get their claim paperwork. And find out if they are blowing out the lines themselves, or paying people to have it done.


Or stonewalling, in which case depending on how critical it is that you have gas, either filing a complaint and financial claim with the city initially, or having a plumber clean the lines and then billing the city are options - obviously, with the second your risks of not geing paid are higher.


This is also an excellent time to contact your city councilman or assembly member or suchg, tio get the city off its duff and onto getting the gas system back into service- not only for normal day to day use, but also leaving water in the household gas lines (which are commonly metal) can resuylt in corrosion which then puts pieces of debris in your gas appliances, causing damage maybe many years down the road.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD




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