Good morning everyone. Wanted to see what your thoughts are on this. I closed on a duplex a few month ago and now there is a plumbing issue where the plumber says that they'll need to change both main lines to the house and reroute the piping since it's all leaking. He said it will cost $12,335. I got the house inspected and in the inspection report it never mentioned the standing water so it was for sure leaking prior to closing. I am going through the warranty company that the inspector has, but they said they will only cover a small amount of the repair. Any advice moving forward would be appreciated. Thanks!
Well it took you several months for you to uncover the issue....how was it then supposed to be discovered in a couple hour time frame from the inspector? Youve got an hour or two with an inspector who is a generalist, not a specialist, to identify problems they can visually see at that moment in time. If they cant see it, they dont know. If there isnt evidence of a leak during that 2 hour period of time, they dont know.
Sorry to hear that Daniel. Which line is leaking? The water source to the house or the sewer line? Is the home on a slab or a crawl space? I recently had to put two sewer cleanouts in for a duplex because the clay pipes collapsed. The previous cleanout was on the roof.
@Russell Brazil good point, i am just disappointed i missed it myself and it's my fault in the end. I am getting a couple of other quotes just to have some options. Thanks for the response i appreciate it.
@Ben Scott the duplex is on a slab, it's the main water line from the street to the house. this quote is to basically re-do all of the plumbing. sorry to hear about your issue, i know this stuff happens just tough to plan for. Thanks for your response i appreciate it!
It does happen. It seems a little high. I just did a main line in vegas for an SFR in December and it was $3700. Of course the drywall and concrete repair after the fact was another $1500. But I'm sure you would feel better paying $10k than $12k, and hopefully you could get a discount on the 2 at a time opportunity. Especially if they can bury the pipes in the same trench most of the way.
Thanks for the vote. But rereading my post made me throw one roe warning your way. At least in vegas, the mainline repair quotes NEVER include drywall, concrete or landscaping repairs after the fact. They make a mess, tear open walls, and walk away once water is running without any leaks. You’ll want to confirm that $12k estimate includes all finishing repairs or your quote is really closer to $15,000 or more.
@Bill Brandt thanks you so much for the info. I will be sure to make sure, and I don't believe that it does!
For anything this costly i would recommend getting at least one different quote.
@Gordon Starr - Agreed I ended up getting two different quotes. Going to save a lot of money that way.