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BBB has determined that Metropolitan Sewer District meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.
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Business ManagementMr. Chad Collier, MSD CFO Mr. Greg Heitzman, Executive Director Mr. Steve Tedder, Community Relations
SEWER CONTRACTORS WATER COMPANIES-UTILITY HAZARDOUS WASTE REMOVAL
Alternate Business NamesLouisville & Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District MSD
700 W Liberty Street
Louisville, KY 40203 (502) 587-0603 (502) 540-6345 (502) 540-6000 Directions
P O Box 740011
Louisville, KY 40201
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Problems with Product/Service
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Complaint: Late fall of 2014 I had the backflow prevention installed in my basement that MSD was promoting. The equipment is to prevent water from flowing back into your house from outside. This backflow prevention is a program that MSD does for free. This lead me to believe that if MSD is doing this for free then it seems to me that they know there is a flaw in there system somewhere. To prevent this from happening to me I felt I should take advantage of it. In the early morning hours of 4/3/15, Louisville had a large amount of rain, several inches over a short period of time. When I got up the morning of 4/3/15, I had seen the ditches where raised considerably, so I went to inspect my newly finished basement, literally less than two months for any water. I was sick to my stomach to find my newly installed carpet, laminate flooring, baseboards, tools, computers, some furniture and clothing was sitting in water, that came up through the floor drain!!! This floor drain, that was supposed to be protected by the backflow prevention. I called MSD and they sent out Mr. ********. He inspected it and could not really determine why it happened. He said it could be due to the build up on it and asked if I had cleaned it. The build up was minimal and it was inspected in Nov '14. That build up was on the outside of the flap that could have came from the backup of water coming into the piece of equipment. Also he said debris could have came in from the backflow of water and wedged it up. He doesn't know. I was told that this was an act of GOD and MSD will not be helping anyone out. My response to that was God did not install the sewer lines and this equipment was supposed to prevent this from happening.
Desired Settlement: I am not asking for MSD to cover all my losses. Luckily I had insurance that covered most of the repairs and cleanup up to a certain amount. Since this system was supposed to prevent the backflow of water into my basement, I am asking if MSD will pay the difference of what my insurance could not.
See attachment for response and documents in it's entirety.
I am writing on behalf of the Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District, in my capacity as Assistant Legal Counsel and in response to the complaint submitted by **** ****** *****, ID *********. The complaint stems from the failure of a backflow prevention device that MSD paid to have installed in Mr. *****’s house in September of 2014.
MSD offers two voluntary programs under its Plumbing Modification Program to reduce basement backups and remove improper connections to the sewer system. This program has helped thousands of property owners prevent basement flooding, decrease sewer system overflows to the streams and river and improves the overall water quality within Jefferson County. MSD offers this voluntary program, usually at NO CHARGE to the customer and it is a voluntary program. Once a property owner signs up for the program, this device is installed in the house by a licensed plumber. The customer is provided with an operation and maintenance manual and signs a release which releases MSD of any claims for liability stemming from the installation of the device and the customers failure to maintain the device. I have included a copy of the O &M manual and a copy of the release signed by Mr. *****.
In investigation the incident that Mr. ***** is complaining of MSD respectfully disagrees with his recitation of the facts. After the incident, on April 16, Plumbing Modification Supervisor Marty ********* met with Mr. ***** to review the situation. Mr. ********* observed that in the 6 months since installation, the flapper was already coated with grease and sludge. Mr. ***** admitted to Mr. ********* that he had never cleaned the valves as recommended. In addition, he admitted he did not close the shut off valve once he observed the backup. Mr. ********* has speculated that when the basement was finished that Mr. ***** had carpeted over the valves. Mr. ********* advised Mr. ***** again of the maintenance and operation procedures. Per the release signed by Mr. *****, failure to maintain the device waives any claim against MSD,
Further evidence in support of MSDs position that it is not responsible for Mr. *****s loss is that, as a comparison, ** homes on ****** ***** have participated in the program and had sewer backup protection installed. Of the 11, only Mr. ***** reported a backup on April 3. During the timeframe of April 2, 1015-April , 2015, over -8 inches of rain fell in Jefferson County. Thus, it appears that the devices performed accordingly. For the reasons set forth herein, MSD does not believe it has any liability.
If you have any questions, need any additional information or would like to discuss MSDs response, please feel free to contact me at ********.
******* ***** ******, Assistant Legal Counsel
Problems with Product/Service
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Complaint: On 8/8*** the MSD main sewer line backed up causing raw sewage to back flow into our washing machine. The machine filled with sewage and overflowed flooding the basement. MSD promptly arrived to clear the line and in the same day arranged for clean up. This part is ok; however, effort put into the washing machine is the main problem. The service technician they sent to inspect the washer on 8/12/**** was not an authorized LG service provider and therefore cannot ensure that our warranty is not at risk from this damage. The service tech was here only long enough to turn on the machine, remove the back and run a quick spin cycle. He did state there was still sewage inside the frame of the machine but it was not his job to clean it. The clean up company then sent a technician out to remove the contaminated laundry that was left inside the machine since the 8th and to clean the machine (8/13/****). The cleaning tech proceeded to put an antimicrobial into the washer cycle, then left the premises. This did not solve the problem as the washer still wreaks of sewage. In addition to the obvious stench, there was no effort to clean outside of the washer drum and the frame of the washer. I have contacted LG to ask about any risk to the warranty for this problem and they agreed that if any unnoticed damage occurred that caused a claim later the warranty would be invalid. The washer was purchased new April **** so it has most of its warranty in place. In addition to the washer problem, there is a kitchen table beside the washer / dryer set that I believe was damaged during the clean up process. My wife and I picked up the table to inspect behind the dryer when the back table leg fell off. It had clearly been broken and placed back together. We were not notified by the cleaning company of the broken table leg.
Desired Settlement: We expect a full replacement of the washing machine with the same make and model including the 3 year extended warranty purchased on the original machine. Also we expect compensation for the table, all destroyed clothing, and laundry service used while waiting for the washer replacement. We also expect to be reimbursed for a hepatitis test for my wife since she may have been contaminated by the sewer water while trying to prevent other damage. A written apology for the trouble should be provided also.
Subject: RE: ID ********
MSD, working through our 3rd Party Adjustor, has agreed to replace the washing maching and to dispose of the damaged one.
Problems with Product/Service
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Complaint: I contacted MSD last October 2011 about water standing in my driveway, and told them I needed a drainage pipe put under my driveway. They told me that it would be June or July before they could take care of it. Then at the end of July 2012, they came out and dug out some dirt out of the ditch. That did not solve the problem. I called them in August 2012 and told them that digging dirt out of the ditch did not solve the problem, they told me that they would send someone out to check it out. I called again in September 2012, they told me somebody would be out the first part of October 2012. No one has come out, and I still have water in my drive. I do not think I should be paying MSD for drainage repairs, if they are not going to fix the problem.
Desired Settlement: Put a drainage pipe under my drive!!
Firm states that they were just at the complainants on 12/5 and restored area and installed the pipe.
Matter has been resolved per the complainant.