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Couple seeks compensation for sewage damage to home

There are 38 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 13, 2008, titled Couple seeks compensation for sewage damage to home. In it, Newsday reports that:

A seemingly routine sewer backup has turned into a protracted nightmare for an Albertson family, with no resolution in sight.

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Jerry McGuire

AOL

#30 Jun 14, 2008
more spineless government.
Spike

Bronx, NY

#32 Jun 14, 2008
Something is wrong with this picture. The house trap fresh air vent should have relieve any pressure build-up in the system. There is something they are not telling us. Was there a house trap? All houses connected to sewers should have them. While they are no longer required by the plumbing code they are still routinely installed in Suffolk. Time to get an inspection to determine the real cause.
Squidword

Bronx, NY

#33 Jun 14, 2008
I never hooked up to the Sewers in Suffolk County for this exact reason. There was so much corruption when these things were built that disasters are bound to happen. We were told from the very beginning that Sewers weren't necessary on Long Island. But the Polititians got paid off as usual and put theproject through. Some of them ended up in Jail and a couple skipped the country. Your backyard Septic System is not a threat to the ground Water.
Bob

Fort Worth, TX

#34 Jun 14, 2008
The biggest problem is the crooked insurance companies who make you pay though the nose (and many other body parts) for coverage that covers guess what?-NOTHING!! The law and our mortgage companies make us carry insurance and the insurance companies except out most everything. Politicians, banks, insurance companies, credit card companies-it seems most days there is a line to see who can give it to working people up the butt whenever and wherever they feel like it. Just life in George Bush's Amerika!!

Since: Apr 08

Setauket, NY

#35 Jun 14, 2008
Let the "disabled" mother of 3 go back to work and pay for her own problems.
And tell dad to quit whining. Got problems? Fix it. Don't run to Newsday and throw yourself a pity party.
Lablvr

AOL

#36 Jun 14, 2008
NY to VA wrote:
To lablvr; Why didn't she go to FEMA?
Flood insurance does not pay for personal items,but does pay for anything that runs the house,ex.furnace,hot water heater,washer dryer,freezer etc. I lived in Island Park at one time and would never not had flood insurance,.Granted Oceanside rarely,if at all gets flooded,but it is something to have anyway. As for heavy rains,,even flood insurance won;t pay for it,,,it is not caused by high tides or hurricanes
I was flooded out 3 times due to hurricanes, and high tides and money wise lost $10,000.00 in personal unpaid for items,/
FEMA? The area wasn't declared a disaster. The flooding only happened in a select area and we were told it was because Nassau County didn't open a run off or flood gate for the storm drains. It was the storm drain that backed up into her house. That's why she filled out the application given to her from Nassau County. She has flood insurance now as we do. We learned the hard way about the need to carry flood insurance. Even if you're not in a flood prone area!
Lablvr

AOL

#37 Jun 14, 2008
NY to VA wrote:
To lablvr; Why didn't she go to FEMA?
I was flooded out 3 times due to hurricanes, and high tides and money wise lost $10,000.00 in personal unpaid for items,/
The storm that effected my mother in law, was probably the most rain I've ever seen. In her part of O'side, the houses are elevated from the street. They are not near any body of water either. None of the streets flooded but the storm drain run off backed up underground and into the basements. I believe from Oceanside to the 5 towns area was effected.
X sewer worker

Middletown, NY

#40 Jun 14, 2008
I would have to say it was the plumbers fault and the company should pay. The first thing he should of have checked was the street manhole to see if there was a back up there before doing anything. I feel for these people regardless if she is an ex-cop, why does that have anything to do with it? What was the name of the plumbing company. That plumber should have to clean everything up standing on his hands holding a straw in his mouth!
Code Words

Stanfordville, NY

#42 Jun 14, 2008
lilly white nassau should have to pay for this wow!!
Hellooooo

Richmond Hill, NY

#43 Jun 14, 2008
Can someone please tell me how the county is responsible for the plumbers mistake?? Does he work for the county?? He is the one that opened the wrong cap & should be held accountable..

& if you're going to take the cheap way out with homeowners insurance by not having flood or backup coverage, then that is nobody's fault but your own when the sh*t hits the fan!!(or the basement in this case)
the real story

New York, NY

#46 Jun 14, 2008
The real story Newsday should have reported is how it took Nassau County over 6 hours to get the first responders to come, and that was only after the fear of a methane explosion was voiced. Laugh if you want, who ya gonna call when you have a geiser of your neighborhood fecal matter filling your house? Don't bother calling with the issue at hand, no one will come! Then, even after they do, they tell you it's a problem with the county and walk away without giving you any instructions. Once you start calling, they tell you to file suit against the country...then guess what? you better not try calling any county agency for direction or assistance, they shut you down by saying they can't help you since there is litigation pending! Keep in mind, Nassau County is self insured, they have the power of the entire D.A's office at their beck & call! To those commenting on the disability part, can you live on Long Island on $30,000 a year? I don't care if it is tax free! Now try doing it with 3 small children! Oh, and make sure the toddlers avoid the used maxipads stuck to your floors while they crawl around too!
Sue

Scarsdale, NY

#47 Jun 14, 2008
Retired on 3/4 pay huh???? Not bad..3/4 of $120,000. is very nice..Maybe this is a conspirousy from the county..Good Luck..
the real story

New York, NY

#48 Jun 15, 2008
Sue wrote:
Retired on 3/4 pay huh???? Not bad..3/4 of $120,000. is very nice..Maybe this is a conspirousy from the county..Good Luck..
Try 50% of $65,000 then see what you can do. Not all cops get the 3/4, disability is sometimes 50% and not all are at top pay when they get injured on the job.
the real story

New York, NY

#49 Jun 15, 2008
Chipster wrote:
With my insurance company, you can (and I did) buy the backup coverage. Mine covers cost associated with any sewage backup in such a situation.
What insurance company? and what's the rider called?
Keep up the fight

Dallas, TX

#54 Jun 15, 2008
Hope the county in your area makes this right!

Good Luck!
anonymous

Yaphank, NY

#55 Jun 16, 2008
Thissucks wrote:
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This county has no heart. I bet if it was one of our politicians they would have paid it. And used tax payer funds to pay our county workers clean it up.(no doubt in my mind)
So, so true. Could not have said it better!!!!!!!
The real story

Auburndale, MA

#57 Jun 16, 2008
Hellooooo wrote:
Can someone please tell me how the county is responsible for the plumbers mistake?? Does he work for the county?? He is the one that opened the wrong cap & should be held accountable..
& if you're going to take the cheap way out with homeowners insurance by not having flood or backup coverage, then that is nobody's fault but your own when the sh*t hits the fan!!(or the basement in this case)
How about the unreported fact that the county would not come to check the line as "it couldn't possibly be a problem with our line"
calebhart54

Mahé, Seychelles

#62 Mar 4, 2015
It would be awful to find out your home has sewage damage. That is something that I would never want to deal with. I guess I better double-check my house and see if it is sound. It would be a shame to find out it has a problem like this. http://www.rtcrestoration.com/services/emerge...

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