Roswell neighbors dealing with sewage problems

Created: 04/16/2014 6:43 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

When the Tebo family bought their home in 2011, everything seemed fine.

“They said we have everything inspected, it's all good," said Tiffany Tebo.

A year later, a home was built on the lot next door.

A short time after that, the Tebos started having minor sewage problems.

But when they went to fix them, "the house is on top of it," said Tebo.

They learned their sewer system is underneath their neighbor’s home.

Now on a daily basis, they’re dealing with a nasty situation.

“It smells like rotten sewage and rotten eggs," said Tebo. “We’re having back up in our house.  We're literally living on a schedule. No more than two people can take a shower a day because there’s three of us living in this house right now. We can't even do laundry in our home if we take showers."

But it’s not just the Tebos home being affected.

10-20% of their sewage is leaking underneath their neighbor’s home.

“They just bought a brand new home and now the foundation is being ruined because of us,” said Tebo.  “I mean it's not our fault."

The Tebos blame whoever put in their sewer system and a city inspector for signing off on it.

City Manager Larry Fry tells us he and the mayor have met with the Tebo family to talk about the situation.

But so far, nothing has been done.

"I just want somebody to step up and say hey this is where we failed, this is what we're going to do to help you," said Tebo.

Tebo says in order to fix it, they have to build a new sewer line.

“Right now we're both trying to figure out how to fix it.  Our neighbors have been nice enough, they're saying if we have to, we'll go halfway in with you, but in reality it's not our fault, it’s not their fault, it's the city and it’s the contractors fault," said Tebo.

Tebo says a new sewer line would cost the family up to $10,000.

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