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Couple left with mess after pool contractor hits 'surprise' sewer line

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A Louisville couple spent more than $10,000 to install a backyard swimming pool, but after their contractor hit a sewer line no one had told them about, they're left with a large, empty hole. A Louisville couple spent more than $10,000 to install a backyard swimming pool, but after their contractor hit a sewer line no one had told them about, they're left with a large, empty hole.
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville couple spent more than $10,000 to install a backyard swimming pool, but after their contractor hit a sewer line no one had told them about, they're left with a large, empty hole.

Jim and Tracy Stefanik questioned how the surprise happened after they had their Brownsboro Road property surveyed and Metro Sewer District administrators granted a permit for the work.

"We would've never ordered (the pool) if we had known there was a sewer line in the middle of our backyard," Tracy Stefanik said. "We wouldn't have taken our deck out, we wouldn't have removed our patio, we wouldn't have done any of this."

The sewer agency's records indicate the line is within the easement on the Stefanik's back property line. Administrators will pay for a second survey later this week to determine whether the records are accurate.

MSD inherited the sewer line from the subdivision's developer, who installed the line decades ago, said Steve Emly, the agency's chief engineer.

"It's not unheard of" that the records from private developers are inaccurate, but the agency would've never given approval for the work if that was clear in this case, Emly said.

If the line is within the easement, the Stefaniks will not get assistance. But if it runs outside, MSD will either negotiate to purchase more easement or pay to move the line, Emly said.

The Stefaniks said they still hope to put in a below-ground swimming pool for their three grandchildren to play in. They said they don't want to fill in the hole and install an above-ground pool.

The hole, which has remained for the past week, is several yards wide and about four feet deep. The couple's grandchildren can't come over as often because there isn't a place for them to play, Tracy Stefanik said.

"I have been sick to my stomach thinking about the mess that's in this backyard," she said. "Most nights, I park in front of the house so I don't even have to look at it when I get home."

The Stefaniks, who have lived in the home for five years, said the pool parts weren't returnable.

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