A Tampa family’s pool now sits three feet aboveground with most of its deck destroyed after they hired an unlicensed contractor, James Feliciano, to do renovation work.

“It is a nightmare really,” homeowner Chad Peasley told ABC Action News. He says the pool popped out of the ground after most of its water was drained.

Peasley only learned that Florida law requires licensed contractors to make major pool renovations following the incident, which — after the family contacted Consumer Reporter Jackie Callaway — is now under investigation by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

“[Feliciano] came back and gave us our deposit and picked up his stuff and left and said he had never seen this happen before,” says Peasley.

When reached for comment, Feliciano denied any wrongdoing before hanging up.

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