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Verizon FIOS Excavation - Irrigation Systems

Verizon FIOS Excavation - Irrigation Systems

Copper Contributor MichaelDP
Copper Contributor
Posts: 12
Registered: ‎08-29-2011
Message 1 of 14

This may or may not be the forum to post to, but phone support is, in a word, useless. Verizon (or one of their contractors) have come out and marked up our lawn with paint and flags to be excavated or tunneled to install fiber, but we received no notice that they were planning to do so. We had to question the person doing the marking to find out what he was doing. It appears there are no markings that indicate where our irrigation system is and there was no survey by email, phone or regular mail asking if we even had one. Come to find out one (just one) of our neighbors (opposite side of the street where no excavation was planned) did receive a letter stating that work was going to be done, but we and other neighbors did not.


Any idea how I can contact Verizon to have them verify they won't damage my irrigation system? The automated phone numbers (not that any are pertinent to this situation) are a complete waste of time, running you in circles. I would rather speak with someone from Verizon and make them aware of the situation, rather than get some type of legal injunction to stop the excavation because I can't contact them.

Admin Emeritus Admin Emeritus
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Posts: 399
Registered: ‎06-10-2010
Message 2 of 14

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I've had your post copied to an employee monitored board, where a Verizon representative can assist you.

Copper Contributor MichaelDP
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Posts: 12
Registered: ‎08-29-2011
Message 3 of 14

Thank you! Appreciate that.



Contributor migarc1
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎08-12-2013
Message 4 of 14

The first time Verizon buried FIOS cables in my yard my irrigation system was cut, patched and never completely fixed.  I still have water leaking in the zone next to the street.  I now have another FIOS cable temporary installed waiting to be buried.  Can I hire a professional irrigation specialist and submit the costs for what I know are going to be repairs to my irrigation system?  The funny thing is the house that just had FIOS installed has a cable box that's closer to their address.  I don't understand why Verizon picked the cable box further away from the just installed home.  Was it a case of the first box the installer saw?


Please help,

Longtime Verizon customer.


Contributor mmk
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎08-19-2013
Message 5 of 14

We have a similar problem, last winter we had Fios installed and despite our concerns regarding the winter installation, they assured us that it would be ok.  So we ended up with a flood that went into our septic, a damaged and dead lawn, and a broken irrigation system, as well as damage to our driveway.  After much a number of unanswered calls and emails, my husband went to the verizon garage nearby and they were able to send someone a few days later.  He came and fixed the initial problems and the driveway, but told us to call our lawn people to fix the sprinkler heads, so I did.  Now I have paid a $400 bill for the sprinklers and can't again get any response from Verizon despite multiple calls and emails.  My only recourse is to not pay my bill until the matter is straightened out!

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Posts: 9,379
Registered: ‎03-18-2013
Message 6 of 14

Hi mmk,

Your issue has been escalated to a Verizon agent. Before the agent can begin assisting you, they will need to collect further information from you. Please go to your profile page for the forum and look at the top of the middle column where you will find an area titled "My Support Cases". You can reach your profile page by clicking on your name beside your post, or at the top left of this page underneath the title of the board.

Under "My Support Cases" you will find a link to the private board where you and the agent may exchange information. This should be checked on a frequent basis, as the agent may be waiting for information from you before they can proceed with any actions. Please keep all correspondence regarding your issue in the private support portal.

Contributor fredthefish
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎08-21-2013
Message 7 of 14

We recently had Verizon Fios installed in a home we just purchased, and appear to have had a similar problem, i.e. when we turned on our sprinkler system, water appeared to be flowing out of the front yard lawn, near by where the fios cable line seems to have been installed. See pics below.


We have called Fios and they have assigned a case to our request. They were very polite and handled my initial call professionally. I just hope that continues all the way thru until this issue is resolved.


Anyone have any experiences on whether these types of issues were resolved promptly and how was the cost to fix handled? Interested in hearing anyone's experience as it would hopefully help us as well.



Employee Employee
Posts: 3,188
Registered: ‎04-10-2013
Message 8 of 14


We never heard back from you on your issue & we are going to close the private support case at this time.  If you still require assistance, please go ahead and create a new post & we will be happy to help you.

Paul C.

Contributor mmk
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎08-19-2013
Message 9 of 14

I still have a bill that I paid and a lawn that needs reseeding, if you want you can contact me through my email {edited for privacy}, we are away for a few days, but you can leave a message

Contributor culpepper
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎11-23-2009
Message 10 of 14

Hi Verizon Support,

Recently some flag markers have been placed in our front yard indicating that Verizon is about to do some digging.  We have an irrigation system and will need to ensure they don't cut into it.  Please let me know what to do.

Many thanks!


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