Brandon family's pool pops out of ground after cleaning - WFLA News Channel 8

Brandon family's pool pops out of ground after cleaning

Posted: Updated:
BRANDON FL (WFLA) -

Jessica Pedraza just wanted to clean and repair her swimming pool. But she ended up with a mess in her backyard.

Less than 24 hours after draining it, Pedraza and her husband came home from work to find the pool popped out of the ground by about 4 feet on one side. Water underneath the pool was visible in a gap between the pool and the dirt. The force of the pop took part of Pedraza's screened patio with it.

"It was only going to be drained for a day or two," she said. "We just needed enough time to get home and get it pressure washed prior to filling it back up again. We just never imagined. I mean the home sat vacant prior to us moving in and the pool was drained, so we never imagined any issues with what we were doing."

Pedraza says she didn't know what was happening and immediately thought it could be a sink hole.

"The first thing I did was call 911," she said. "I thought my house was risk at that point. I grabbed my littlest out of the car seat and I moved him to the farthest end of the house."

After authorities determined her house was OK, she called her homeowner's insurance company, Heritage Insurance, to file a claim. But what happened next, she says, was shocking. An adjuster came out, took one look a the pool and told her this type of damage isn't covered by her policy and she was on her own.

Pedraza doesn't know what to do.

"We pay for coverage on it," she said. "Not only on the home, but on the pool as well."

The insurance adjuster, she says, told her it was her fault because she drained the pool without releasing a pressure relief valve in the bottom of the pool.

Estimates range from $15,000 to $25,000 just to cart the pool away and fill in the hole with dirt, and up to $60,000 to replace it with a new pool. Pedraza has hired an attorney to appeal to the insurance company.

Dick Tutwiler, a public adjuster in Tampa, agreed to review Pedraza's case for 8-on-your-side. He says coverage depends on the wording of the insurance policy and the official cause of the pop. He says this case could wind up in court. He said this problem is fairly common in Florida and that no one should drain a pool unless they really know what they are doing. Because, when it goes wrong, it can be extremely costly.

"If there's any ambiguity or issue here that they can call on her side, they really should do that," he said. "At the end of the day, if it goes to court, it's a very sympathetic situation and they mind themselves in trouble with the jury."

At this point, Pedraza says she doesn't want a pool at all anymore.

"I have no desire to swim at this point," she said.

Don’t miss out on the day’s top Facebook conversations http://on.fb.me/18y81Cl

Related Content: Plant City pool pops out of ground
  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • TPD homicide detective under federal criminal investigation

    TPD homicide detective under federal criminal investigation

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:55:30 GMT
    Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation.Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation.
    The feds are investigating one of Tampa Police Department's lead homicide detectives. Officer Eric Houston, who is one of the lead detectives in the Julie Schenecker murder investigation, is under federal criminal investigation. 
    The feds are investigating one of Tampa Police Department's lead homicide detectives. Officer Eric Houston, who is one of the lead detectives in the Julie Schenecker murder investigation, is under federal criminal investigation. 
  • New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:01 AM EDT2014-04-22 08:01:42 GMT
    Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
     When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
  • Tampa homeowner says Duke Energy is a bully for taking her oak tree

    Tampa homeowner says Duke Energy is a bully for taking her oak tree

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-04-21 21:34:15 GMT
    Neda Dandache and her family love their backyard oasis, even though a gigantic Duke Energy transmission tower abuts their backyard. Oak trees block that view, for now, and give them shade.The trees have never been an issue, but now, Duke wants them gone. Dandache says Duke's forester told her they may cause a problem - seven years from now."
    Neda Dandache and her family love their backyard oasis, even though a gigantic Duke Energy transmission tower abuts their backyard. Oak trees block that view, for now, and give them shade.The trees have never been an issue, but now, Duke wants them gone. Dandache says Duke's forester told her they may cause a problem - seven years from now."
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:01 AM EDT2014-04-22 08:01:42 GMT
    Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
     When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
  • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
    Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
  • Hope the dog: Burns are 90% healed

    Hope the dog: Burns are 90% healed

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:07:14 GMT
    Hope's burns are 90% healed. Hardee County Animal Rescue Facebook page photoHope's burns are 90% healed. Hardee County Animal Rescue Facebook page photo
    We have some good news to report about Hope, the little 1-year-old dog that won over the hearts of many after she was doused with kerosene and lit on fire.
    We have some good news to report about Hope, the little 1-year-old dog that won over the hearts of many after she was doused with kerosene and lit on fire.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.