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Column - June 22, 2018

At 60 gallons an hour, I've got quite a leak

If I ever needed better convincing to register for regular reports on how much water I'm using at home, an underground pipe leak this month sent me signing in.

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Editor's note: Jeb Bing is editor emeritus for the Pleasanton Weekly. His "Around Pleasanton" columns typically run on the second and fourth Fridays of every month.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 23, 2018 at 7:36 pm

Jeb,

Thank you for sharing this.
We too had a water leakage (two weeks ago) between the city meter and our home.

Our leakage was immediately after the meter. The city owned tree roots next to the water meter, grew four to five inchs in diameter and fractured the water line at the first pipe joint leaving the meter box.

There were three large tree roots involved, one on each side of the water line, a third root immediately under the water line. The roots from the city owned tree pushed the water line upwards within two inches of the city owned sidewalk.

City code requires that the water line out of the meter be at a minimum six inches below the side walk. The city by way of its city owned tree and side walk, violated their own city code. All damage occurred within the city owned easement.

This particular city owned tree is responsible for replacing this sidewalk three times in the last twenty years, due to the tree roots buckling and dislodging the sidewalk. This particular city owned tree has an established long term history of distruction.

I asked for three bids from three companies to repair and resolve our water leakage. The bids I received and the order in which i received them:

$4500.00
$3500.00
$2750.00

I went with the lower bid, A local Pleasanton Company.


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Posted by Pay up
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 23, 2018 at 7:45 pm

Michael you will be responsible for the water bill. I had the same exact thing happen and the guy who retired from the city water department made me pay the bill. $927 dollars! Good luck to you.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 23, 2018 at 8:02 pm

I am in the process of preparing claim for damages.
I received the necessary documentation form the city to proceed.
My claim when completed will go to the city clerk.
The city clerk will provide my claim to the city attorney.
The city attorney will make the initial decision to approve or disapprove my claim.


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Posted by Pay up
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 23, 2018 at 8:31 pm

I hope you get your money and they pay for it but watch them I got taken to the cleaners.


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Posted by Johnny
a resident of Parkside
on Jun 25, 2018 at 7:15 am

I had a leak right after the meter... just when the replaced it with a high tech one. So totally their fault. Lucky it was not 60g/hr, but surprised they still did not notice. I heard it going to check my mail.


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Posted by Zoe
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Jun 27, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Michael -- would you mind sharing the name of the Pleasanton company that gave you a good bid? Thanks.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 27, 2018 at 6:06 pm

Zoe:

Valley Plumbing Home Center, Inc.
272 Rose Avenue, Pleasanton CA 94566
(925)-462-1639
www.valleyplumbing.com


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Posted by Zoe
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Jun 27, 2018 at 6:18 pm

Thanks for the info, Michael. It's good to know it's Valley. We've used them a few times for plumbing issues and have always been pleased with their work.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 27, 2018 at 8:50 pm

Valley is not cheap, but provide great value. I've used them on three separate occasions (never a repeat issue) and every time I was impressed with the professionalism, quality of work, and get to business approach they take. I never felt like the guy was milking the clock


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 3, 2018 at 6:15 pm

Holy crap, 60 gallons per hour is pretty bad. Have you looked into any digital detection systems like Web Link ?


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