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Utility company sending me a bill...need advice

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Florida Gardener, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. So we broke a gas line oct 31, the utility company comes out and fixes. I get a bill today for $300. Guy never told me about a bill nor did I sign anything. He was there for an hour and the labor charge was $200....is this a load of crap or am I going to be forced to pay?
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  2. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If it wasn't marked, then no assuming you hand dug 30" on either side of the mark. If it was, then I do not know. Most likely though. You negligence, assuming it was your fault, causes the break and someone had to fix it, so you or someone has to pay
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  3. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You are liable unless you called and had it located and it was not where it was supposed to be. In my area I call 811, (Call Sunshine) before I do any hardscape, landscape or irrigation. They locate for cable, telephone and FPL. You have to have the gas company locate seperately.Call Sunshine is free.
  4. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Diamond; did you dig? If you did, and didn't call "No Cuts" @811 you are probably responsible.
  5. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Didn't know you had to call the gas company separately, good to know. They are just starting to pull gas lines in my area. I never thought of it, I figured Sunshine/No Cuts (whatever) would do the location.
  6. clydebusa

    clydebusa Inactive
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    In Tulsa you are liable, unless you called for markings. 300 isn't bad either. I have heard of charges in the 1k, and some phone lines into the several k's.
  7. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Not enough information here. No you don't have to call anyone but 811 unless 811 tells you too. I wouldn't pay anything. Let them contact you by phone and if you feel the need to pay it should be able to get it down to like $100
  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yep you got off lucky. Pay the Bill and quit crying, it is the cost of a Business Education. You won't be digging again without calling for underground marking service.
  9. Ric I like crying though
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  10. Tri-City Outdoors

    Tri-City Outdoors LawnSite Member
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    We call 811 before we dig 90% of the time. One property we have located several times. So if we know were not in the area with utility's we wont. One job we put in a bed area around a pool. 3 gas lines total (pool heater,generator,BBQ) leading to a underground tank. 811 did not locate for us.

    We were informed gas lines should be 4' deep with a tape 2' down/above the gas line. Well the line arrived from 6" to a 1 1/2' deep. The tape resting on the line to just above. We also had a wire for the pool that cost several hundred just for the wire and no labor. We ended up removal/prep the area by hand. Then instead of a nice landscaped area around there pool. They now have an annual garden.
    Loooooooooong story short.
    No call to 811. I think you are responsible. If the line is marked wrong (tape), not deep enough, or not located properly. I'd stand my ground and not pay a dime. The installer or locator is responsible in our opinion.
    Also got a friend that works at 811. Utility's are miss-marked often. Always take pics of the of the location before digging.
    good luck!

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