My Utility Pole Fell!

This last Thursday was an eventful day!  I shared a yummy cake recipe with all of you first thing in the morning.  I was pretty proud!

After getting my post up, I showered, fed Bee an early lunch and got started on my vase project.  Oh… and then a thunderstorm rolled in and my utility pole fell over.

Fell!  Into the yard!  Breaking a tree on it’s way down!  Like… how often does that happen?!

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It just, like, snapped at the base… Apparently it was rotten.

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I would like to take this moment to remind all of you that we just bought this house 6 months ago!

I wasn’t doing this blogging thing back in March when a TREE fell on our house:

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That’s my brother in the picture.  He’s about 6 feet tall.  Maybe that’ll give you an idea as to the size of the tree.  Luckily for us he traveled the 220 miles one way to come help us get the tree off our roof the weekend after it happened (I’m still sooo thankful for that!).

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It worked out well because he is a roofer and was able to inspect our roof and make sure it wouldn’t end up leaking where the tree fell!  Then our neighbors surprised us by hiring someone to remove the stump and fix the fence. So, I mean, the tree issue was close to free for us!

The utility pole, however, will be far from free…

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I called the power company first.  They sent someone out and we were informed that the pole was our responsibility.  Then we had to call an electrician.  After being turned down by the first five or six companies, I got a hold of one that was able to come out right away, which was great.  They assessed the situation, made a list of all the materials they would need and arranged to have a crane at our house the next day so we would have power by the end of Friday.

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The electrician recommended we file a homeowner’s insurance claim because he estimated the cost of this little project to be $2,500-3000!  And that’s just on his end… there’s also going to be a bill from both our electric company and our internet company because they had to come out and connect the utilities to our new pole.

We did find out that our insurance company would cover the cost of a hotel room for the night we were without power.  So we bought some ice and threw it in the freezers and our refrigerator.  Loaded the kid & dogs into our truck and headed to the closest hotel… which happened to be a Holiday Inn that was almost fully packed due to some baseball tournament nearby.  We ended up having to get an overpriced suite.  No complaints about that here!  It was really nice having a separate living room type area to watch TV in while Bee slept in the bedroom.

Upside: we have a brand new pole that we should never have to worry about again.

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Downside: our deductible is $1,000 and the crane ruined a path in our yard that insurance wont cover and the electrician wont fix.  He offered to bring a landscaper in, but we’ll have to pay for it. I guess that means we’ll be fixing that path ourselves.

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I’m starting to think home ownership isn’t as great as we thought it would be!  Maybe we should have just settled for a smaller, newer house with a tiny yard in some subdivision.  We’d lack the space we so greatly wanted, but we’d also have a few less headaches.

Sigh… I guess I’ll just keep my fingers crossed and hope nothing else goes wrong this year.

I’ll update you guys once we see the bill for this.  I looked all over the internet trying to figure out what it costs to have a utility pole replaced and found nothing.  I’m still not sure what our bill will be, so I’ll let you know when I find out!

UPDATE 7/20/16:

It’s been about a month since all of this happened.  We received the bill from the electrician… $3,482.11!!  We ended up having to pay our $1,000 deductible and our insurance company covered everything else.

I am so glad our insurance company (Farmer’s) was so cooperative and awesome to work with!  They didn’t argue the bill at all, nor did they question the $230 hotel room stay.  Everything went smoothly and it was, all things considered, a pleasant experience.

We received our internet & power bill.  Neither company charged us for having to run their line to our new pole.  I had been informed by the heavily accented Indian fellow from CenturyLink that there would be an $85 fee to get the internet line attached to the pole, so not seeing any additional charges was a very pleasant surprise!

It’s been really nice not having to worry about that pole falling over, too.  After the tree fell on our house, I was paranoid that the utility pole would fall during a storm.  It was old and leaning, so I figured it would probably be the next to go.  I’m just glad it won’t be a concern anymore.

 

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23 thoughts on “My Utility Pole Fell!

  • June 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm
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    I’m sorry you had to go through all these things. Hoping nothing bad happens again!

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  • June 22, 2016 at 7:17 pm
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    Wow you had a real, sudden problem right there! I hope everything’s okay and provided for. Hope you also don’t regret getting a house! It has upsides and downsides.

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    • June 22, 2016 at 7:22 pm
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      It definitely has it’s upsides and downsides! Most of the time I really like the house, but it’s old and sometimes things like to randomly go wrong! Usually it isn’t as bad as this was, so that’s good 🙂

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  • June 22, 2016 at 10:50 pm
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    Oh my, I’m so sorry to hear about this. But I’m glad the pole’s finally fixed! I didn’t know that’s how it works there, here in the PH we call the electric company and they take care of it, but, depending on the damage, it may not get fixed until a after a few days. There are smaller towns here that has electricity problems/shortage and have rotational brownouts everyday. #thirdworldproblems. lol!

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    • June 22, 2016 at 11:06 pm
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      Ugh, that doesn’t sound like much fun! But, at least it wouldn’t be your responsibility. The electric company told us that if it had been the pole right on the other side of our property line that connects to our utility pole, they would have fixed it. But, of course, that wasn’t the pole that fell!

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  • June 23, 2016 at 1:13 am
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    That is a huge tree! I am glad that you guys are safe and that there is an insurance claims for the damages. By the way, I also checked out your cupcake recipe. Yummmmmmy!

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    • June 23, 2016 at 1:26 am
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      Thanks, Alaine. Yeah… the tree was huge! When my brother showed up at our house to help my husband remove it, he was shocked! Apparently he had underestimated it’s size in the pictures I sent him! I am very glad we were all safe, though, in both situations.

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  • June 23, 2016 at 2:20 am
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    Oh my, it looked like a disaster… Good thing some people came to help you at least and no one got hurt. Plus you got a mini vacation before the stress regarding your pathway & the bills came in.. Lol. Stay Safe!
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  • June 23, 2016 at 3:16 am
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    Ack! Something similar happened to us last year. During a particularly strong typhoon, TWO huge trees fell on our house, one in the front yard and one at the back.There wasn’t much damage though. Both trees flattened parts of our roof, but at least it didn’t cut out electricity. It is a big responsibility owning a house isn’t it? I’m almost sorry I moved out of my parents’ home. hahaha. Sending good vibes your way- hope you get to fix the damaged path soon! 🙂

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    • June 23, 2016 at 3:23 am
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      Ugh, that sounds like no fun at all! And yeah, living with my parents was a ton easier! Haha. Sometimes I wish I could go back to that!

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  • June 23, 2016 at 4:34 am
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    I don’t understand how its your responsibility when that pole fell. Shouldn’t it be the company that actually placed it there unless you guys ran into it and moved it which you did not. $1000 is insane. That’s a really high price to pay for something like that. Thankfully no one got hurt which is the most important thing.

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    • June 23, 2016 at 5:27 am
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      The utility companies weren’t the ones who put the pole up in the first place… the company that built the house years ago did. Our house is pretty much half underground, kind of like a basement. So, they weren’t able to run any of the utilities straight to the roof because it’s way too low and close to the ground. We can walk right onto the roof from our yard! Therefor, when the house was built, they put the pole up. The cables (electric, phone line, etc) run down the pole to the base of it where they come into our house. It sucks! $1000 is a lot, but I suppose it could be worse if our insurance wasn’t going to help out.

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  • June 23, 2016 at 4:53 am
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    Oh my! this would cost you a lot but it is still best to have your own domain. Yes, things like this might happen but it is still okay to have your own space like the one that you have, where kids can run and spacious as well.

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    • June 23, 2016 at 5:28 am
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      Yeah, we have a nice big yard and really fell in love with that part of the property. The house needs some work, but the yard and location are great!

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  • June 23, 2016 at 12:42 pm
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    I’m sorry with what happened but thank God you’re safe. The bill is insanely high though, knowing that you just moved in and wasn’t expecting disappointments like this.

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  • June 23, 2016 at 3:47 pm
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    I must admit that looks pretty scary. I used to work for an energy utility company in the Philippines. We do programmed and maintained some of their software. I hope this kind of scenario won’t happen in your place again.

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  • June 23, 2016 at 5:19 pm
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    Oh dear, I am sorry to hear about this. Bills are really a headache, especially when this kind of situation happens. But at least you and your family are okay. It’s scary though. I am glad it did not fall on anybody. Take care always

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  • June 25, 2016 at 3:30 am
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    Ugh. Some sh*t just really happens. 🙁 I’m just glad that you’re the kind of person who handles this kind of instances really well. I am crossing my fingers with you that this will be the last inconvenience you’ll have this year. Cheers, sis! 🙂

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    • June 25, 2016 at 5:38 pm
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      Thanks! I can use all the crossed fingers I can get! It’s funny, that evening on our way to the hotel, I was telling my husband it was weird that I wasn’t really mad about everything that happened. I handled this situation better than I would have expected.

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  • July 1, 2016 at 1:09 pm
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    Home ownership can be a headache when it comes down to repairs, because they are far from cheap. And there are so many people that need to get paid.

    For that one pole, you had to deal with, the plumber, roofer, electric company, internet company, and landscaper. Just to make a few.

    So thankful that you and your family made it out safely from the tree and the pole. Oh my😆😉

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