In April I bought a house that was built in 1963. The master bath walk-in shower had been repaired by previous owners. It appears that the shower pan is leaking, and has been for some time, evidence that was painted over by the seller's contractor prior to the walk-thru and inspection. Now it needs replacing. Does insurance cover something like this? Do I have recourse against the seller or contractor who fixed up the house and hid this problem (it didn't show up in the inspection report)? Is this a "do-it-yourself" job or should I hire a contractor?
Most homeowner's policies only cover damage that the water has caused. They won't pay for actual plumbing repairs, etc. Is the base of the pan tiled? If so, I'm thinking it's a lead pan. If you have experience in Carpentry, tile work and plumbing, then go for it. As far as the legal aspect goes, I'm not sure who you could seek reparations from. It's obvious the seller should have disclosed a known leak to you. Look on the home inspectors report and see what he said about the plumbing, drains, etc. Good Luck to you.........Tom
I'm no lawyer, but my first house was a trap and anytime I brought something like that up my lawyer always said they're just going to say they did a repair DIY and it wasn't leaking when they lived there. It must have just started up again. Sorry about your problem.
I know it sucks, but I wouldn't pursue any legal damages.
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