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Question DetailsAsked on 6/5/2017

The fence company nicked the line that carried the gas to warm up the pool. Who is responsible for the cost to fix.

City marked the ground. The area he was working at it was obvious there were major pipes involve. You can see from point A joint to point B connection and the gas line in just below the dirt. The area he was working at I call it the brain of the pool. Lights control, water control, pump/filter control.I don't think he did "duty of care". Job was to replace and old fence. He was working on removing and old post .

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Legally you as the landowner have responsibility to pay for the repair by the gas company (or plumber/gas fitter if on your side of the meter as it sounds like) but the cost responsibility is the fence contractor's if he hjit it within a distance that depends on your state, but generally with 12-24 inches of the location marks.

If he hit it more than the 12-24 inches from the line location marks (hopefully they still show - if not the utilities assume they were the right place) AND this is the service line leading to the meter, generally the utility will pay for the repair. If a line on your side of the meter I would use the same criteria even though the gas company is not involved (other than maybe turning the gas off if you called them to do that).

If he was within the 18-24" of the markings or of a line between visible gas pipe locations or marks, and especially if it was only a foot or so down as is common, when working in close proximity he should have hand dug down to expose it so he would know exactly where it was, so in that case most definitely should be out of his pocket. Typically about $150-250 depending on type of pipe (metal or plastic) and whether this required a night/weekend plumber callout or not for a line on your side of the meter (so easily shut off) - can run into the $300-500 range commonly if the pressure line on the street side of the meter where the utility has to pinch the line off and repair it, or shut off a street main valve to do the repair.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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