A Houston, Texas woman was forced to pay up over $18,000 for damages done to her home by contractors she didn’t hire. Her home’s property sits on the edge of a trail owned by the Sherwood Elm Grove Trail Association. This group hired contractors to install a fence on the back of her property that faces the trail. The contractors damaged a power line that feeds into her home. The damage was not immediately noticed because if a line is nicked, it may take three to six months before the line breaks.
One day, the woman woke up to half of the power being out in her home. She hired a third party to figure out what the problem was. They traced it back to the installation of the fence. They had installed the fence and poured concrete right on top of the underground power line. Fixing the powerline would not be as simple as it may sound because the woman’s home is older and not up to the current city and/or county code. In order for the line to be fixed, her entire home would need to be brought to code. This process, along with fixing the power line, cost her $18,000.
Sherwood Elm Grove Trail Association has so far refused to reimburse the woman. The contractors hired by the association filed an insurance claim and it was denied because they said the woman did not clearly have utility lines marked in her yard.